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Rodney Rock

Contributing Faculty

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy

Degree Program Doctor of Education (EdD)

Dr. Rodney Rock is an Instructor of Educational Leadership. Dr. Rock has a long and distinguished career as a teacher (6 years), elementary school principal (7 years), county curriculum director (4 years), as an award winning superintendent of schools (8years), and as an associate professor of Educational Leadership (2 years). His dissertation received the Central Michigan University Dissertation of the Year Award in 2006. Dr. Rock is a local, state, national, and international presenter. He has completed certificate programs in Positive Psychology and College Teaching and Learning.


EdD, Central Michigan University - Mt. Pleasant, MI United States

MA, Central Michigan University - Mt. Pleasant, United States

BA, Aquinas College - Grand Rapids, MI United States

Public Service

Cooperative Education Services/Superintendent Advisory, Board Member - Albuquerque, NM United States

Australian Journal of Psychology/Journal Reviewer, Volunteer - , Australia

Awards / Honors

Administrator of the Year, Michigan String Teachers, 2016

Michigan Administrator of the Year, Michigan Parent-Teacher Association, 2015

Dissertation of the Year, Central Michigan University, 2006


Rock, R. D., Bokas, A. (2016). What is the Essence of Learning? . Edutopia.

Rock, R. D., Bokas, A. (2016). Changing the Mindset of Education: Every Learner is Unique.

Rock, R. D. (2014). Forward .


Rock, R. D. (2019). A Community Well-Being Campaign: 4Life. Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning.

Rock, R. D. (2019). ACEs, Childhood Trauma, and The Opportunity Gap: Using Data to Inform Justice. Voices for Children.

Rock, R. D. (2019). Superintendent Turnover in New Mexico: What Motivates Superintendents to Stay and What Motivates them to Leave? . Cooperative Education Services.