Educational Leadership Graduate Program Faculty

The faculty in the online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program at Queens University of Charlotte is focused on the reality of the modern school environment and how you can change it for the better. Each member of our educational leadership graduate program faculty is a real-world practitioner with extensive experience in the field and a comprehension of the type of challenges your school will face. Our educational leadership graduate program professors make themselves available to connect with you one-on-one, building strong mentoring relationships that equal those of an on-campus experience.

Linda Dunlap

Linda Dunlap, Ed.D.

Dr. Linda Dunlap is an Associate Professor of Education in the Cato School of Education at Queens University of Charlotte and Director of the NC Teaching Fellows Program on campus. She has been a classroom teacher and a school principal and has also served in various leadership capacities in higher education. Her research has centered around the impact of mentoring on public school teachers in West Virginia, where she began her career in education. She was coordinator of the Regional Alternative Licensing Center, a regional office of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, where she worked with lateral entry teachers. She has a BA in Elementary Education with a specialization in Middle School Language Arts; an MA in Public School Administration and an Ed.D. in Leadership Studies and Curriculum and Instruction.

Dixie Abernathy

Dixie Abernathy, Ed.D.

Dr. Dixie Abernathy is a 28-year veteran educator with a variety of experiences and expertise. She has served as a classroom teacher, an Assistant Principal at both the elementary and secondary levels, a Principal at both the elementary and secondary levels, and as an Assistant Superintendent of Elementary and Secondary Schools for the Gaston County School System. Dr. Abernathy holds a Bachelors in Education from Wake Forest University, a Masters in School Administration from Winthrop University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University. In addition to her adjunct teaching at Queens University, Dr. Abernathy enjoys the opportunity to teach at the higher education level at Belmont Abbey College, University of Phoenix, Walden University and Gardner Webb University. She has taught numerous courses, such as Teaching Methods, Foundations of American Education, and Educational Psychology, and has supervised over thirty Administrative Interns as part of her work with Queens University and other institutions of higher education. In her current role as Assistant Superintendent of Elementary and Secondary Schools, Dr. Abernathy supervises 56 principals as well as oversees the efficient and effective operations of 56 elementary, middle, high, early college, and alternative schools.

Janis Dellinger-Holton

Janis Dellinger-Holton, Ed.D.

Janis Dellinger-Holton is an educational leader for K-12 schools.  Most recently Janis served as the founding principal of an award winning charter school whose mission highlighted multicultural education and advanced language and math skills.  Her expertise focuses on developing creative teaching and learning environments.  She is experienced in bringing together members of organizations to develop strategic plans and a culture of collaboration and teaming.  Janis has co-authored early childhood legislation for the preschool handicapped, and for Pre-K assessments and learning strategies.  She recently authored a research study of the professional needs of international teachers. Janis also co-authored a chapter of the textbook entitled Professional Development Schools and Transformative Partnerships. Janis’ work has been featured in various local and state publications.  She has also received the highest honor for a civilian in North Carolina awarded by the governor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. She earned her bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University, and her masters of education from Duke University. Janis earned her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Wingate University. Currently, Janis is serving as an educational consultant and adjunct professor. 

Shelly Bullard

Shelly Bullard, Ed.D.

Dr. Shelly Bullard has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and director of Title I and Title II in school districts in western North Carolina.  Her research has centered around the impact of phonics programs on struggling readers in high poverty settings.  She has a BA in Elementary Education; an MA in School Administration and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. 

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