D. Michael Risen
Westlake Hall 338
PhD , Educational Administration, Illinois State University
EdS. Educational Administration Western Illinois University
MS, Educational Administration, Illinois State University
BS, Business Education, Illinois State University
Michael Risen joined the Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development in the fall of 2004. Dr. Risen teaches the graduate courses American Public School Law, Legal and Social Justice, The Principalship, Special Education Law, School Finance, Leadership Perspectives, Community Relations, and Research Methods. His recent research includes the analysis of staff development practices in urban school districts and an analysis of the rules and regulations of the IDEA compared to the rules and regulations of the Illinois State Board of Education. Dr. Risen has also examined the behaviors of principals who have proven to be effective social change agents, conducted graduate program assessments that are aligned with ELCC standards, and effectively reconstructed the internship experience to improve leadership practice. Past research includes teacher incentive pay programs, total quality management and its application to public schools, and technology use in K-12 education. His implementation of teacher incentive programs has been featured in the Illinois School Board Journal and he has co-authored a graduate textbook on using metaphorical analysis in qualitative research designs entitled Mastering Metaphor: Policy Analysis for the Visionary Leader. Dr. Risen was recently appointed Co-Director for the Center of Excellence for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Dr. Risen comes from a K-12 public education background where he served as an elementary teacher for six years and a building administrator for 15 years in East Peoria Elementary School District #86. He also served nine years as Superintendent of Schools at Green Valley Grade School and the subsequent Midwest Central Community Unit District #191, and six years as Superintendent of Byron CUSD #226. Dr. Risen led the successful consolidation of the Green Valley grade and high schools and Forman Unit and has experience in developing strategic planning methods.
Dr. Risen holds three Illinois teaching certificates, including high school, a type 75 for school administrators, and the Illinois Superintendent’s Endorsement.