Dr. Vicki Petzko
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
UC Foundation Professor
Director of School Leadership Programs
Dr. Petzko came to UTC in 1998 to join the Graduate Studies Division of the College of Education as a faculty member in School Leadership. She had been a middle school principal in suburban Minneapolis (MN) for seven years, where she received a divisional Principal of the Year in 1997 and her school received a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award in 1996. She had also been a high school associate principal for seven years, and a teacher for 10 years in the Minneapolis area. Vicki received her Ph.D. in 1990 in Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota, where her dissertation research focused on the legal limitations and attendance rates associated with excessive absence policies in high schools. Prior to her appointment at UTC, Vicki was awarded a partial sabbatical to study topics related to school law at Hamline University School of Law, and engaged in research that year associated with the identification and recruitment of aspiring principals.
Since coming to UTC, Dr. Petzko has chaired the revisions of the School Leadership programs to be in line with new state standards, led the development team for the new master's degree concentration in Teacher Leadership and the EDS concentration in Instructional Leadership, and was part of proposal team for the doctorate in Learning and Leadership. She has worked with a number of area schools and agencies on Team Building, Curriculum Alignment and the School Improvement process. She has conducted workshops throughout the State on the Change Process, Implementation of IDEA, and Legal Issues for Teachers. In addition, she developed and secured grant money to initiate an "Instructional Leadership Institute" at UTC for area principals, assistant principals, and supervisors. She was appointed to the State committee on standards for administrative licensure programs and the principal licensure re-design committee.
In 1999, Dr. Petzko was recognized as a UC Foundation Associate Professor, and received the Outstanding Scholar and Researcher award from the College of Education and Applied Professional Studies in 2001. She was named to the NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals) Task Force on Principal Preparation in 2002, and served as Co-Editor of NASSP's on-line publication Connections: Journal of Principal Preparation and Development from 2003-2005. She currently is on the Review Board for NASSP's leading research publication, the NASSP Bulletin. From 1999-2005, Dr. Petzko was one of four members of a national research team that conducted the third of three-decade studies on middle level leadership. The National Study of Leadership in Middle Level Schools; Volume I was published in spring of 2002. She has written and published several papers as a follow up to this report. Volume II of the study, Leaders and Leadership in Middle Level Schools, which focused on 98 exemplary middle schools, was published in 2004. Several follow up papers were also written from those data. Other publications are listed on pages 2-3.
Her research agenda continues to focus on leadership development for aspiring school leaders as well as the ongoing professional development of current school leaders. A recent sabbatical leave allowed her to work with the National Association of Secondary Principals to develop a comprehensive website for new principals, which was launched in August, 2012. It can be accessed at at http://www.nassp.org/Resources-For/Center-for-New-Principals . She continues to work with NASSP as the Coordinator of the Center for New Principals.
Dr. Petzko will retire from her full time position at UTC in January 2014. She will
continue to teach part time in the UTC School Leadership program and work with NASSP,
as well as pursue other interests. She can still be reached at Vickifirstname.lastname@example.org after her retirement. Program inquiries should be directed to Dr. John Freeman, Interim
Coordinator of School Leadership Programs at email@example.com.
Petzko, V. and Shuran, M. (2013). Making tough decisions: The easy ones are right v. wrong. How principals can make better right v. right decisions. Submitted for peer review 8/2013.
Petzko, V. (2012). The NASSP Center for New Principals (website development and ongoing coordination). Available at: http://www.nassp.org/Resources-For/Center-for-New-Principals. (see page 15)
Petzko, V. (2012). The best of Principal Leadership for new principals. Available at; http://www.nassp.org/ResourcesFor/CenterforNewPrincipals/PublicationsforNewPrincipals/BestofPrincipalLeadership.aspx
Petzko, V. (2012): The new principals’ guide to Breaking Ranks ®: The comprehensive framework for school improvement. Available at: http://www.nassp.org/Resources-For/Center-for-New-Principals/Special-Topics-of-Interest-for-New-Principals/School-Improvement-for-New-Principals/New-Principals-Guide-to-the-Framework
Petzko, V. (2010). What does it take to be a successful middle level leader? Available at http://www.principals.org/Content/158/WhatItTakesVNPetzko2-24-10Submitted.pdf (February, 2010)
Petzko, V. (2009). Connecting the perceptions of new principals to the content of principal preparation programs and the ISLLC Standard: A paper presented at the SRCEA Annual Conference, Kennesaw, GA, October, 2009.
Petzko, V. (2008). The perceptions of new principals regarding the knowledge and skills important to their initial success. National Association of Secondary School Principals Bulletin (82)3.
Petzko, V. (2005) Recommendations from principals of highly successful schools regarding principal preparation. (In) Petzko, V. and Salazar, P. (Eds.) Connections: Journal of Principal Preparation and Development (6). National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
Petzko, V. (2004). Tailoring professional development for a better fit. Principal Leadership. National Association of Secondary School Principals. 5(3)
Valentine, J., Clark, D., Hackmann, D., Petzko, V. (2004). A national study of leadership in middle level schools, Volume II: Leadership for highly successful middle level schools. Reston, VA: National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Petzko, V. (2004). Findings and implications of a national study of leadership in middle level schools: Teachers in middle level schools. National Association of Secondary School Principals Bulletin. 88(638). (peer reviewed as of 1/2001)
Petzko, V. (2003) Support for new and experienced middle level principals: A proposed model for professional development. (In) Andrews, P. G. and Anfara, V. A., Leaders for a movement: Professional preparation and development of middle level teachers and administrators. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.
Petzko, V. (2002, October). Recommendations and implications emerging from a national study of middle level leadership. A paper presented to the Mid South Educational Research Association. Chattanooga, TN.
Petzko, V. (2002, October). Teachers in middle level schools: Implications and recommendations from a national study. A paper presented to the Mid South Educational Research Association. Chattanooga, TN.
Petzko, V., Clark, D., Valentine, J., Hackmann, D., Lucas. S. (2002). Leaders and leadership in middle level schools: Implications from the National Study of Leadership in Middle Level Schools. National Association of Secondary School Principals Bulletin. 86(631).
Hackmann, D., Petzko, V., Valentine, J., Nori, J., Clark, D., Lucas, S. (2001). Interdisciplinary teaming: National study findings reinforce important middle level practices. National Association of Secondary School Principals Bulletin. 86(632).
Valentine, J., Clark, D., Hackmann, D., & Petzko, V. (2002). A national study of leadership in middle level schools, Volume I: A national study of middle level leaders and school programs. Reston, VA National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Petzko, V. (2001). Preventing legal headaches: Part II. Principal Leadership. National Association of Secondary School Principals. 1(8).
Petzko, V. & Scearcy, L. (2001). The aspiring principal: A two-year follow up study. Connections: A NASSP Journal of Secondary and Higher Education. National Association of Secondary School Principals. (3).
Petzko, V. (1998). Preventing legal headaches through staff development. National Association of Secondary School Principals Bulletin. 82(602).
Petzko, V. (1994). Middle level students at risk: Attack from all sides. National Association of Secondary School Principals Bulletin. 78(558).
Petzko, V. (1991). Research Brief: School characteristics and attendance rates: What is their relationship? National Association of Secondary School Principals Bulletin. 75 (538).