Ronald Williamson

A photo of Ronald Williamson.


Leadership and Counseling

304 John W. Porter Building


[email protected]


Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Eastern Michigan University


Dr. Williamson teaches courses in the principalship, school law, ethics and politics of education. He previously worked as a building level and central office school administrator in Michigan, as executive director of the National Middle School Association, a member of NASSP's Middle Level Council and president of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, a coalition of all the major professional organizations serving middle schools. Dr. Williamson is the recipient of the Gruhn-Long-Melton award from NASSP in recognition of lifetime achievement in middle level leadership, the Teaching Excellence Award from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award at Eastern Michigan University.

The author of over 150 books, chapters, papers and articles in all the major professional journals serving school teachers and administrators, Dr. Williamson is recognized as one of the major advocates and researchers in the field of middle level schools.

Dr. Williamson has provided assistance to several large urban school districts when selected by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation to serve as a leadership coach in their national middle school reform project. He also worked with the Galef Institute in Los Angeles on a Comprehensive School Reform project to improve middle schools in New York City, Houston, Louisville and Los Angeles. A current project focuses on college readiness among middle and high school students in 36 rural Oregon schools.

Licensures and Certifications

  • Michigan Administrative Licensure
  • Superintendent
  • Central Office
  • Secondary School Principal
  • Michigan Teacher's Licensure (6–12)

Selected Publications

  • The Principalship from A to Z (2009)
  • Rigorous Schools and Classrooms: Leading the Way (2010)
  • The School Leader's Guide to Social Media (2012)
  • Leading Schools in an Era of Declining Resources (2014)

Chapters and Articles

  • "Leadership in the Middle Grades School," In Research to Guide Practice in Middle Grades Education. (July 2013)
  • "Emerging Opportunities: Social Media and School Leaders," Instructional Leadership (May 2013)
  • "Research into Practice: Family Engagement," Oregon GEAR UP Research Brief (Aug. 2013)


  • EDLD 515 Instructional Leadership
  • EDLD 620 The Principalship
  • EDLD 630 Legal and Ethical Issues of Administration
  • EDLD 810 Ethics and Policy Analysis
  • EDLD 820 Politics of Education

Research Interests

  • Improving College Readiness Among High School Students
  • Increasing Achievement Among Middle School Students
  • Preparation of School Leaders
  • School Law
  • Ethics
  • Organizational Change
  • School Culture

Selected Presentation

  • The New Normal: Leading Schools in an Era of Declining Resources, Association of Middle Level Education Annual Conference (Nov. 2013)
  • Developing Positive Attitudes: A Practical Attitude Development Process, Oregon GEAR UP Success Conference (Apr. 2013)
  • Social Media and School Leadership: Powerful Tools and Strategies, National Title I Conference (Jan. 2013)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Association of Middle Level Educators
  • National Council of Professors of Educational Administration