Penn State's College of Education is regularly ranked among the nation's best graduate schools, according to U.S. News & World Report, and the online courses for the master of education degree in educational leadership are taught by the same nationally recognized faculty.
Ron Musoleno, Ph.D.
Dr. Ron Musoleno has been an educator and administrator in both private overseas schools in Italy and Greece and in the public schools in Pennsylvania for more than 30 years. As such, he has exercised all related responsibilities associated with the roles of school and district level administrators. In his role as director of the Master's in Educational Leadership from World Campus, Dr. Musoleno also serves as coordinator of the Principal Certification program in the Penn State College of Education. His interests include preparing school leaders to navigate the demands of public and private educational settings as well as data analysis for school improvement.
Dr. Musoleno completed a bachelor of science and master of education at Penn State and his doctorate at the University of Kansas. During his career, he served on several state and national boards of professional educational organizations and received numerous awards and recognitions at the local, state, and national levels, which includes the Penn State College of Education Alumni Society Leadership and Service Award.
Gerald LeTendre, Ph.D.
Dr. Gerald K. LeTendre, is the Harry Lawrence Batschelet II Chair of Educational Administration at Penn State and co-editor of the American Journal of Education. His current research focuses on the impact of online learning and other information technologies on teacher-led professional development and teacher work roles. Dr. LeTendre has published on a broad range of topics in educational policy and comparative/international education. He is co-editor (with Motoko Akiba) of the Routledge International Handbook of Teacher Quality and Policy (Rutledge, 2017).
Deborah L. Schussler, Ph.D.
Dr. Deborah Schussler is an associate professor of education leadership at Penn State and a faculty affiliate at the Prevention Research Center and Rock Ethics Institute. A former high school English teacher, Dr. Schussler has worked with pre-service and in-service teachers, counselors, and educational leaders for 20 years. Dr. Schussler's research explores how educators acquire the necessary skills and dispositions to meet the needs of all learners, focusing especially on teachers' social-emotional competencies, communication skills, and moral development. She is the recipient of a number of federal and internal grants, and her work has been published in outlets including Teachers College Record, Journal of Teacher Education, Mindfulness, and Exceptional Children.
Tiffany M. Squires, Ph.D.
Dr. Tiffany M. Squires is an assistant professor in the Department of Education Policy Studies and serves as assistant director of Online Programs for Education Leadership. Dr. Squires has 15 years of experience in K–12 education as a teacher, principal, and professional development facilitator, having earned master’s degrees in education from both Canisius College and Syracuse University and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership from Le Moyne College. She completed her Ph.D. in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation at Syracuse University. Her dissertation research was focused on the perceptions of principals regarding the role of the school leader in the implementation of curricular and instructional change associated with standards-based reform. At Syracuse, Dr. Squires served as a specialist for research, evaluation, and assessment with Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) and with the Office of Academic Programs. She also directed online programs and course development for University College. This work resulted in a co-edited book, Bridging the High School College Gap: The Role of Concurrent Enrollment Programs. Her research continues to focus on school systems reform/improvement and highly effective leadership practice.