Barbara J. Mallory
Associate Prof/Coordinator: Master’s in Ed Lead and Ph.D. in Education
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” - A Einstein
Dr. Barbara J. Mallory is an associate professor in educational leadership, Department of Graduate and Specialty Studies, at Coastal Carolina University (CCU). Prior to her faculty appointment at CCU, Dr. Mallory, a former North Carolina “Principal of the Year” and school transformation coach with the NC State Department of Public Instruction, served as the coordinator of the doctoral program in educational leadership at Georgia Southern University (GSU) and also coordinator of the doctoral program at High Point University (HPU). She also helped launch the Institute for Educational Renewal and Partnership at Winthrop University, serving as Director of the Institute in 2011.
Dr. Mallory received her Educational Doctorate in Leadership from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She also holds a Master’s Degree in English Education, M.L.S. degree in Library Science, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature. She was certified in NC as a teacher, school administrator, curriculum and instruction specialist, leadership coach, and superintendent. Dr. Mallory’s professional positions were at school, district, and state levels, prior to joining The Academy in 2005 as assistant professor at GSU.
Dr. Mallory’s research interests have always focused on some aspect of the school principalship in local, state, national, and international contexts. Her dissertation focused on instructional leadership of the principal. Most recently, she conducted research on the development of educational leaders, including many studies on dispositions of school leaders. She has returned to her early work on democracy-centered leadership, with a focus on equity and social justice. With an interest in international and global perspectives of school leadership, she traveled to China and the UK to study school leadership in cultural context. Her commitment to principal coaching has led to studies on leadership coaching, performance-based leadership training, and school renewal in an era of cultural diversity. Through her involvement with the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), she has engaged in research on doctoral education and characteristics of doctoral candidates, with a focus on effective practices in preparation of school and district leaders.
Dr. Mallory has been published at state, national, and international levels, including publications in the Journal of Global Intelligence & Policy, Education Leadership Review, and the International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation. She has also presented at state, national, and international levels, including presentations at American Educational Research Association (AERA), National Council of Professors of Education Administration (NCPEA) conferences, the University Council on Education Administration (UCEA) conferences, the International Conference on Educational Renewal and School Development in an Era of Cultural Diversity, and the International Society for Education Planning Conference.
Dr. Mallory has been recognized by her peers for her commitment and achievement in the profession. She was presented the President’s Award by the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration in November 2011, and she was inducted into the Hall of Fame at East Carolina University in Fall 2011. She served as President of the North Carolina Professors of Educational Leadership (NCPEL) from 2016-2018. She spends her leisure time in her home in Atlantic Beach, NC, and with her family and friends, including her daughter, Sara, who lives with her golden doodle, Loubie, in Wilmington, NC.
School leadership; principal/leadership coaching; school district leadership; organizational culture; team building