John Avella, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty,
Department of Leadership and Administration

Dr. John Avella’s career in public education spanned over 30 years in New Jersey public schools. Prior to his retirement in 2010, he served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools. His tenure in higher education began in 2005 and has included teaching at both the master’s level and the doctoral level, as well as serving as a dissertation committee person and a dissertation chair.

Dr. Avella has published his work in both scholarly journals and books with topics including ethical and moral leadership, educational leadership, learning analytics, the flipped classroom, and meditation practices. He is presently co-editor of a symposium publication which addresses ethical leadership.

Dr. Avella’s philosophy of learning is centered on the principles of lifelong learning and achievement. He believes that all may learn successfully and that educators must take an active role in the learning process while serving as teacher, mentor, and coach.

Education

  • Doctorate in Education Administration
    Nova Southeastern University
  • Master's in Educational Administration
    Georgian Court University
  • Bachelor's in Special Education
    Trenton State College

Research Interests

  • Educational leadership
  • Ethical and moral leadership
  • Special education

Program Affiliations

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Doctor of Education

This customizable degree is designed to help you advance your understanding of a wide range of curriculum development and instructional methods that can improve teaching and learning in diverse educational settings.

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Ed.D. in Instructional Technology Doctor of Education

This customizable degree is designed to help you advance your understanding of methods of instructional technology for a wide range of educational settings. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.

64

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Ed.D. in Leadership Doctor of Education

This customizable degree is designed to help you advance your leadership and research skills within your chosen discipline, whatever that may be. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.

64

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Ed.S. in District Level Administration Educational Specialist

This degree is designed for educational leaders who wish to become a superintendent or district level administrator. This program equips students with the skills necessary to effectively lead a P-12 school district.

The program leads to P-12 district-level administrator’s licensure in Indiana.

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Ed.S. in Leadership Educational Specialist

This degree is designed for leaders who wish to pursue advanced training at the post-master’s level without having to complete a dissertation. You will learn advanced leadership skills and competencies that will make you a more effective leader.

34

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M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Master of Education

This program provides P-12 educators with a thorough background of current scientific research and pedagogy to help them learn how students learn. It is designed around the “learn, apply, assess” model to maximize gains in student performance.

34

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M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction for Graduates of the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Master of Education

16

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M.Ed. in Educational Business Administration Master of Education

This degree was designed for those who want to develop business and leadership skills in an educational setting. Framed by the standards from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), the program prepares strategic leaders for senior administrative positions in a variety of settings including public, charter, and private schools, community colleges, and other educational institutions or learning organizations.

35

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M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Master of Education

Designed to help you become a school principal, this program will teach you to effectively lead, run, and manage a P-12 school.

34

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M.Ed. in Educational Leadership for Graduates of the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Master of Education

16

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M.Ed. in Elementary Education Master of Education

Specifically designed for elementary teachers who wish to advance their expertise and skills, this program will build on their current understanding of young students’ learning needs and introduce them to new ways of incorporating technology into the classroom.

34

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M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership Master of Education

This degree is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to help other teachers reach their full potential. You’ll learn to interpret research on leadership models, teacher evaluation, and motivation, and use it to develop professional learning opportunities that promote continuous improvement

31

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Certificate in Adult Education and Corporate Training Certificate

This certificate is designed to help you utilize teaching skills in an environment that requires professional development, team building, or training to improve personal, collaborative skills in adults. Theories of interaction are taught through experiential activities that you can apply to training opportunities.

18

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Certificate in Advanced Graduate Study Certificate

This program is designed for students wishing to design their own program of study at the post-master’s, advanced level. Students can choose from a variety of courses to study the topics they want to study.

30

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Certificate in Teacher Leadership Certificate

Developed to enhance professional skills, this program provides an opportunity for teachers to learn how to support other teachers through learning how to help them reach their potential in teaching.

18

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