Educational Leadership

Faculty PhotoSandra G. Watkins

Horrabin Hall 81H
Phone:  309/298-2297


Curriculum Vitae

Professor Watkins earned her Ph.D. degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  She has done additional graduate work at the University of South Florida in Tampa, the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, the University of California in Fullerton, and Furman University.

Sandra has worked as an associate superintendent for curriculum, instruction and student support services in school districts in North Carolina and she was the assistant superintendent in the Omaha Public Schools.  She has served schools as an elementary and middle school principal, director of guidance services, coordinator of gifted education, teacher, school psychologist, and guidance coordinator.  She has taught graduate classes at the University of New Hampshire, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Furman University, and Creighton University.

Professor Watkins has extensive experience as a turnaround leader at the school and district levels.  She has worked with schools and districts across the country with school and district level improvement challenges.  She is an active national presenter for the American Association of School Administrators and the Illinois School Board Association and the National School Board Association.   Most recently, she has presented at the National School Educators Association on the turnaround leader and on the administrator’s role in identifying underachieving gifted.  She was also a general session speaker at the National American Association of School Administrators conference in November 2006.