Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.


Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development

Degree Program

Educational Leadership and Organizational Development, PhD

Committee Chair

Jean-Marie, Gaetane

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Carpenter, Bradley

Committee Member

Carpenter, Bradley

Committee Member

Hampton, Georgia

Committee Member

Overstreet, Mikkaka

Author's Keywords

distributed instructional leadership; assistant principals; distributed leadership; instructional leadership


This study examined the role of instructional assistant principals in distributed instructional leadership in three middle schools in a large urban school district. Using the leadership functions in Hallinger’s (2011) framework of instructional leadership, the distribution of instructional leadership functions were examined. Interviews, document analysis, and an observation determined that the assistant principal in only one out of three cases was engaging in distributed instructional leadership. One was named an instructional assistant principal and functioned as an operations manager and the third was called a “lead” assistant principal and also spent most of his time on operational/management functions. Conclusions and implications for practice and future research were also discussed.