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Kathleen Provinzano - Drexel University Assistant Professor for MS in Educational Administration
Assistant Professor

Kathleen Provinzano, PhD


PhD, Marywood University
MS, University of Scranton
BA, Kings College
Graduate, Education Policy and Fellowship Program (The Education Policy and Leadership Center, Harrisburg, PA)

Program Affiliation

BS, Education
MS, Educational Administration
EdD, Educational Leadership & Management
  • McHenry-Sorber, E., & Provinzano, K. (2016). Confronting rapid change: Exploring the practices of educational leaders in a rural boomtown. Leadership and Policy in Schools (in press).
  • Provinzano, K. (2015, March 30). Teachers College Record. Review of the book Condition critical- Key principles for an equitable and inclusive education. Available at:


  • Provinzano, K., Levine, B., & Grant, A. (2016, November). Rethinking antiquated models of schooling: An exploration of an urban community school in Pennsylvania. International Conference on Urban Education. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Provinzano, K., & McHenry-Sorber, E. (2016, April). A critical examination of the silencing of educational stakeholders in Pennsylvania’s quest for energy dominance. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Politics of Education SIG, Washington, D.C.
  • Provinzano, K., & Grant, A. (2016, April). Policy as a vehicle for school-community connectedness and outcomes. Partners for Connections in Education National Conference. Cape May, NJ.
  • McHenry-Sorber, E., & Provinzano, K. (2015, November). Exploring the practices of rural school leaders in boomtown communities. National Rural Education Association (NREA) Annual Research Symposium, St. Louis, MO.
  • Provinzano, K., & McHenry-Sorber, E. (2015, April). The human costs of fueling urban America: Youth homelessness in rural communities. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Rural SIG, Chicago, IL.
  • Provinzano, K., & McHenry-Sorber, E. (2014, November). Residential hypermobility patterns and local displacement in rural boomtowns. National Rural Education Association (NREA) Annual Research Symposium. San Antonio, TX.
  • Arscott, K.E., Provinzano, K., & Foote, E. (2014, June). A required inter-professional clerkship for fourth year medical students at TCMC. International Conference on Interprofessional Practice and Education, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • McHenry-Sorber, E., & Provinzano, K. (2014, April). Millionaires, couch hoppers, and gas babies: Institutional and community change in Marcellus communities. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Rural SIG, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Kropiewnicki, M., Cisek, G., Provinzano, K., Surdovel, G. (2013, November). Founding partnerships to develop online middle level graduate teacher education programs. Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • McHenry-Sorber, E., & Provinzano, K. (2013, October). The influence of Marcellus Shale on rural school-community relationships and youth. National Rural Education Association (NREA) Annual Research Symposium. Branson, MO.
  • Contextually Responsive Leadership
  • Leadership for Social Justice
  • Leadership for Learning
  • Community School Strategies
  • Wilkes University
    Assistant Professor
  • Wilkes University
    Program Coordinator, Educational Leadership with Principal Certification
  • Pocono Mountain School District
    Assistant Principal
  • Pocono Mountain School District and Wyoming Area School District
    Secondary School Counselor
  • Pocono Mountain School District and Wyoming Area School District
    Social Studies Teacher

Community and Professional Service:

  • Co-editor, Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Journal (2013-present)
  • Member, PASCD Executive Board (2013-present)
  • Member, School of Education Curriculum Committee (2014-16)
  • Member, Online Learning Council (2014-present)
  • Court-appointed Special Advocate, CASA of Luzerne County (2014-present)
  • Regional Director, The Borgen Project (January-July 2014)

Active Pennsylvania Certifications:

  • Superintendent of Schools
  • Principal
  • Secondary School Counselor
  • Social Studies

Professional Memberships:

  • American Educational Research Association (Rural Education SIG, Research on the Superintendency SIG, Politics of Education SIG, Leadership for Social Justice SIG)
  • Education Law Association
  • National Rural Education Association
  • Northeastern Educational Research Association

Kathleen is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Administration program. She is an experienced school administrator, school counselor, and social studies teacher. Her active Pennsylvania Department of Education certificates include Superintendent of Schools, K-12 Principal, Secondary School Counselor, and 7-12 Social Studies. Kathleen currently teaches leadership, research, and policy courses in the EdD, the Educational Administration program, and the Educational Policy Certificate. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellowship Program and serves as Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Pennsylvania Educational Leadership, a publication for PASCD. She also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for CASA of Luzerne County, PA.

Kathleen’s teaching, research, and activism derive from her commitment to social justice and equitable, systems-level change across urban and rural landscapes. Understanding the synergistic relationship between teaching and scholarship, she believes in the importance of mentoring students as they engage in disciplined, reflective inquiry to address systemic problems plaguing their schools and communities. Her research interests include contextually responsive leadership, leadership for learning, and the historical, political, and socio-cultural context of schools and communities. Her work draws heavily from the intersectionality of class, race, and culture and she is currently investigating the influence of integrated supports on student learning and the school, parent, community dynamic in full-service community school settings. She enjoys yoga, running, and cooking Sunday dinners for her extended family. Kathleen lives in the beautiful mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband Jason and daughter Sophia.