Felicia Blacher-wilson

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Ph.D. Education

Felicia has been an active part of the education profession for many years. During that time, she worked as a teacher of regular, special needs, and gifted students; as an elementary school counselor, assistant principal and principal. Further, Felicia worked in
central offices as an Assistant Superintendent for Elementary School sand as a Director of Elementary Schools and Programs and Assistant Professor and Dean of Education at a major university. During the course of her career, she worked in urban, rural, and suburban areas and with students and staffs of many cultures and ethnicities. As Assistant
Superintendent in Raleigh, North Carolina and Director of Elementary Schools in Kansas City, Missouri, she co-chaired a program with the Kansas City, Missouri School District and the University of Missouri Kansas City that provided classes and additional certification for school district employees wishing to continue their education. Felicia was co-chair of the Kansas City, Missouri School District's technology committee. She served as the chairperson for the above named district's Full Inclusion Initiative, which gave special, needs students the opportunity to participate in the regular class setting as appropriate for their individual handicap. Felicia served as the chair for the year-round study in 
Kansas City, Missouri. Felicia served as chair for the performance evaluation committee whose duties were to revise and implement an evaluation system that would address, effectively, teacher deficiencies and provide those teachers with strategies for improving. While she worked primarily in the public school sector, a large percentage of her career has been spent working with educators and adult learners. Additionally, she has to a lesser degree, been involved in the recruitment of teachers and administrators for the last two school districts in which she worked.
Felicia worked as an Assistant Professor of Education at several universities and served as dean of the Department of Education at one university. She served on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: Early Childhood and Middle Childhood/English Language Arts Standards. Just prior to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, Felicia was the Director of Education for the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans. Her 
research interests are: (1) Spirituality and Leadership; (2) Non-traditional superintendents in urban school districts and (3) personnel performance evaluations for administrators and teachers.

Courses Taught

EDUC 9001 - Dissertation

EDUC 8800 - Dissertation Companion

EDUC 8800 - Research Forum

EDPD 8041 - Economics of Education

EDPD 8910 - Writing a Quality Prospectus

EDUC 8090 - Doctoral Study Intensive

EDPD 8040 - Governance and Politics of Education

EDUC 8112 - Social Change in Education

EDUC 8110 - Development of the Scholar Practitioner

EDUC 8111 - Principles of Social Change

EDUC 8210 - Governance and Politics of Education

EDUC 8081 - Completing the Prospectus

EDUC 8113 - Learner across the Lifespan

EDUC 8090 - Doctoral Study Intensive


BA, Xavier University of Louisiana

MA, Xavier University of Louisiana

PhD, Iowa State University

Public Service

Alpha Daughters of Zion, Volunteer - Luling

Courtesy Grows, Board Member - New Orleans

Awards / Honors

, YWCA, 2004


Blacher-wilson, F. A. (2011). The Forgotten Victims of Hurricane Katrina. .

Blacher-wilson, F. A. (2008). Three Years Post Katrina: A Look at Education in New Orleans Schools. NCPEA

Blacher-wilson, F. A. (2009). Meeting the Needs of a Global Student Population in Higher Education- Book Chapter in: Cases on Innovation in Educational Marketing: Transnational and Technological Strategies. Cases on Innovation in Educational Marketing: Transnational and Technological Strategies

Blacher-wilson, F. A. (2004). Spirituality and School Leaders: The Value of Spirituality in the Lives of Aspiring School Leaders. Religion and Education