Educational Leadership

Faculty PhotoDean L. Halverson

WIU-QC 2119
Phone: 309/762-9481, Ext. 62285 


Curriculum Vitae  

Professor  Halverson earned his Ph D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Iowa.  His undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa was in secondary education with an emphasis in math and science.  He then completed a master’s degree in molecular biology at Purdue University.

Dr. Halverson joined the Educational Leadership staff at Western Illinois University the fall of 2002.  His responsibilities include teaching courses in personnel management, supervision, and the principalship. In addition, he serves as Doctoral Program Coordinator and Director of the Alternative Certification Initiative. His research agenda focuses on data driven decision making at all levels in the educational arena. Dr. Halverson’s previous educational experiences were in the public schools and included positions as jr. high teacher, sr. high teacher, 7-12 Science Department Chairperson, K-12 Science Coordinator, K-6 Curriculum Coordinator for science, math, social studies, health and outdoor education, facilitator of K-12 staff development related to the Madeline Hunter Model, elementary principal, and adjunct professor at a variety of colleges and universities.

Dean has made presentations at a variety of national conferences including NCPEA, ASSA, and Phi Delta Kappa.   His publications include articles on administrative salaries, educational governance in Illinois, leadership in special education and the effectiveness of principals’ professional development.  In addition, he has developed several videos for school administrators in the area of data decision making.