The Oral History of the Principalship

Patrick W. Carlton, Ph.D.
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Patrick W. Carlton, Ph.D.


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Postdoctoral Studies in Educational Administration, University of Oregon
Ph.D., Educational Administration, University of North Carolina
Advanced Certificate in Professional Education (Educational Administration)
M.S., History, Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania
M.Ed., Science Education, Univ. of North Carolina
A.B., Botany, Univ. of North Carolina
A.A., Liberal Arts, Louisburg College, N.C.

Dr. Patrick Carlton is an educational administration and international programs specialist whose areas of expertise include higher education and public school infrastructure development and administrative applications implementation; historical research and training; communications skills training; leadership skills development; policy development; employee assessment; institutional design and organizational development. He has worked for the past thirty years as both employee and consultant with state and federal governments, colleges, universities and public schools, primarily in the United States, in a variety of institution building projects. He has conducted numerous leadership, management and personnel symposia and workshops, assisting professionals employed in educational leadership positions in government, public schools, and higher education.

1999- present--Associate Professor of Educational Administration-- (Tenured).
Teach, advise doctoral students and conduct research in the principalship; historical developments in educational administration; personnel administration; and leadership applications in the public schools.

1996-1999 --Director for International Education, University Office of International Programs, Virginia Tech.
Under the general supervision of the Director for International Programs and acting in her name, served as Secretary to the University Council on International Programs and the University Task Force on International Education. Assisted staff members in the development of plans for new programmatic initiatives in the international arena. Initiate and implement conferences, plus providing oversight for publication of Global Network, the periodic publication of UOIP. Oversaw UOIP Internet home page. Supervised recognition ceremonies for international scholars and teachers. Served as campus Fulbright Advisor for faculty member applicants and managed incoming Fulbright Scholar's program. Served as liaison with Alumni Association in building stronger international alumni relations. Coordinated with other campus entities concerned with international education, including the Cranwell International Student Center, the Office of International Research and Development, the Graduate School, and the offices of the Provost and President.

1974-1996--Associate Professor of Educational Administration at Virginia Tech. (Tenured).
Taught, advised doctoral students and did research in personnel administration, organizational behavior, school-community relations, leadership and the public school principalship.

1971-1973--Director, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research and Director, Extended Education, at the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California.
Served as principal assistant to Academic Vice President for grants stimulation and management, and was responsible for all off-campus course offerings and non-credit programs. In addition, initiated the newly formed University College (evening college) structure and the University Without Walls program. Taught, consulted and did research.

1969-71--Director, Office of Educational Research Services, New York University's School of Education.
Served as principal grant and research projects administrator, taught, did research and consulted with local, state and national educational entities.

1967-69--Educational Program Specialist (Administration) U.S. Office of Education, Bureau of Education Professions Development.
Served as assistant to Division Director, Division of College Programs and as Chief of the School Administrator Training Program.


Recipient of Outstanding Teaching Award, Virginia Tech
Recipient of Distinguished Alumnus Award, Louisburg College
Member, Hall of Fame, Senior Army Reserve Commanders Association
Recipient of President's Award, Senior Army Reserve Commanders Association
Recipient of Fulbright Teaching Award, Eskisehir, Turkey

Association of International Educational Administrators (AIEA)
National Association of State Univs. And Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC)
Virginia Council on International Education (VACIE)
National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA)
Phi Beta Delta, International Honor Society
National Council of Professors of Educational Administration
American Association of School Administrators
Phi Delta Kappa, Educational Honor Society
Oral History Association of the U.S.
Phi Theta Kappa, Scholastic Honor Society
Rotary International
Reserve Officers Association of the U.S.
Senior Army Reserve Commanders Association

Carlton, P.W. (1998) Principals and the practice of leadership: what does experience teach? AASA Professor. 21(3/4), 27-34.
Carlton, P.W. (1997) Meeting the global challenge: transforming education at Virginia Tech. International Education Forum. 17(2), 151-157.
Carlton, P.W. (1995.) Interest-based collective bargaining at Youngstown State University: a fresh organizational approach. Journal of Collective Negotiations in the Public Sector. 23(4), 333-343.
Carlton, P.W. (1994.) Interest-based collective bargaining at Youngstown State University: an oral history. Youngstown, Ohio: Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor.
Carlton, P.W. (Summer, 1994.) Civil affairs operations in Kuwait: a case of disparate command priorities. Army History. No. 31, 14-22.
Carlton, P.W. (Winter, 1994). Leadership styles of veteran public school principals. Playback. 2-3.
Carlton, P.W. (Spring, 1993). Joshua Chamberlain: A role model for today's administrators. The AASA Professor. 15(4), 1-4.

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