Alisa Lawson-McKinnie, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty,
Department of Leadership and Administration

Alisa earned a Ph.D. in Urban Education with a focus on Education Administration from Cleveland State University.  Alisa also holds a Master’s degree in Education Policy with an emphasis on Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Education from Kentucky State University.  She has over 30 years in education as a high school English teacher, assistant principal and high school principal.  She enjoys spending time with her family and she enjoys all things education!

Alisa Lawson-McKinnie, Ph.D.


  • Doctorate in Urban Leadership: Education Administration
    Cleveland State University
  • Degree in Superintendant
    Cleveland State University
  • Master's in Educational Policy and Leadership
    The Ohio State University
  • Bachelor's in English Education
    Kentucky State University

Research Interests

My research interests include educational equity for underrepresented students.