Kimberly Kappler Hewitt

A photo of Kimberly Hewitt

Professor and Department Head

Leadership and Counseling

304D John W. Porter Building


[email protected]


  • Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Miami University (2009)
  • M.Ed. in Secondary English Education, Vanderbilt University (1997)
  • B.S. in English and Philosophy, Vanderbilt University (1996)


Dr. Kimberly Kappler Hewitt serves as professor of educational leadership and department head for the Department of Leadership and Counseling.  She works to cultivate a community of care where all faculty, staff, and students feel seen, heard, valued, and uplifted so that they can thrive and soar.

Prior to coming to EMU in 2022, Hewitt served as director and principal investigator for the Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS) program, which involved a partnership with 12 rural districts and received ~$10 million in grant funding.  PPEERS received the 2021 Exemplary Educational Leadership Program Award from the University Council of Educational Administration.

Interests and Expertise

Research Interests

  • Equity and social justice
  • Leadership preparation
  • Instructional leadership 
  • Sustaining change in schools,
  • Student growth models

Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Hewitt, K. H., & Rumley, M. A. (2022). The second most important decision: Protocol for partnering for intern placement. Theory & Practice in Rural Education, 12(1), 3-24.
  • Vetter, A., Faircloth, B., Hewitt, K. K., Gonzalez, L., He, J., & Rock, M. (2022). Equity and social justice in research practice partnerships in the U.S. Review of Educational Research.
  • He, Y., Faircloth, B. S., Hewitt, K. K., Rock, M. L., Rodriguez, S., Gonzalez, L. M., & Vetter, A. (2020). Data management and use through research practice partnerships: A literature review. Educational Research Review, 31(November), 1-15.
  • Ford, T. G.†, & Hewitt, K. † (2020). Better integrating summative and formative goals in the design of next generation teacher evaluation systems. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 28(63), 1-34. doi: 10.14507/epaa.28.5024

† The authors contributed equally to the work and are listed here alphabetically.

  • Hewitt, K. K., Carlone, H., Faircloth, B. S., Gonzalez, L., He, Y., & Vetter, A. (2020). What we choose to remember: Imagined shared narratives of education during COVID-19. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 9(2). doi: 10.32674/jise.v9i2.2400
  • Hewitt, K. K., Von Dolen, H., Weiler J., Fusarelli, B., & Zwadek, B. (2020).  Architecture of innovative internship coaching models within US principal preparation programs. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching, 9(2), 1-39. doi: 10.1108/IJMCE-04-2019-0049


  • Hewitt, K. K., & Mansfield, K. C. (2020). The role of mixed methods in increasing the relevancy of education policy research and evaluation. In A. Urick, D. DeMatthews, & T. G. Ford (Eds.). Maximizing the policy-relevance of research for school improvement. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Hewitt, K. K., & Rumley, M. A. (2020). Specialized educational leadership for rural students living in poverty.  In B. S. Zugelder, C. Greene, & J. Manner (eds.) Handbook of Research on Leadership and Advocacy for Children and Families in Rural Poverty (pp. 425-251). IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2787-0.ch020


  • Hewitt, K. K. & Ford, T. (2022, April). Modeling teachers’ perceptions of student growth measures for educator evaluation. Paper presented at the annual meeting of AERA, San Diego, CA.
  • Hewitt, K. K., Rumley, M. A. (2021, November 11-14). “The second most important decision”: Protocol for internship placement selection. Paper presented at the annual meeting of UCEA, Columbus, OH.
  • Hewitt, K. K., Smith (Tovey), T. L., Hall, C. K., & Weikart, C. (2021, November 11-14). The DATA model as a methodology for improving a partnership-based leadership preparation program. Paper presented at the annual meeting of UCEA, Columbus, OH.
  • Rice, L., Hewitt, K. K., Jarrett, J., & Gibbs-Roseboro, P. (2021, November 11-14). The Unique Role of HBCUs in Preparing Diverse, Equity-Focused Leaders. Paper presented at the annual meeting of UCEA, Columbus, OH.
  • Ford, T. G., & Hewitt, K. K. † (2020, November 17-21). Integrating summative and formative goals in designing next generation teacher evaluation systems. Paper presented at the annual meeting of UCEA, Online.

†The authors contributed equally to the work.

  • Hewitt, K. K. & Mansfield, K. C. (2020, April 17 - 21) Using the potencies of a mixed-methods approach to strengthen policy relevancy and encourage community reconnection [Paper Session]. AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA. (Conference Canceled)
  • Hewitt, K. K., Rumley, M. A. & Perkins, C. (2020, April 17 - 21) Power and possibilities of a research-practice partnership for principal preparation [Roundtable Session]. AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA. (Conference Canceled)