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Dr. William Sterrett

Associate Professor, MSA Program Coordinator (Master’s and Add-On)

Department of Educational Leadership

University of North Carolina Wilmington
Watson College of Education, Room 380
601 South College Road
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-5991
phone: (910) 962-7995
fax: (910) 962-3609

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Courses Taught

EDL 515, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
EDL 530, Curriculum
EDL 567, Learning Centered Supervision
EDL 569, Pre-Leadership Internship
EDL 570, Administrative Internship: Leadership I
EDL 571, Administrative Internship: Leadership II
EDL 578, Practicum for Learning Centered Supervision
EDL 621, Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
EDL 661, Educational/ Government Internship


Ph.D., Education Administration and Supervision, University of Virginia
M.Ed., Administration and Supervision, University of Virginia
B.S., Middle School Education, Asbury College


Research Interests


Dr. Sterrett is a former award-winning principal who now serves as associate professor and program coordinator of the Watson College’s Master’s of School Administration (MSA) program at UNCW.   Sterrett is the author of the ASCD books Short on Time (2013) and Insights into Action (2011), and has published in numerous journals on the subject of school leadership.

Focused on the theory and practice of instructional leadership, Sterrett has researched, taught, and written about the use of collaborative learning communities and school & teacher leadership.  He has served as a workshop facilitator and keynote speaker, having worked with groups on the school, district, regional, and state level.  Sterrett has also presented at numerous state, national, and international conferences.  He prioritizes building long-lasting collaborative relationships with school leaders in the field.   Sterrett earned his B.S. in Middle Grades education from Asbury College and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Educational Administration & Supervision from the University of Virginia. 

Selected Recent Publications

Sterrett, W. (2016). From Cortez to Crozet: Voices from two green schools.  Kappa Delta Pi Record, 52 (3), 137-142. Link to journal.

Sterrett, W. & Imig, S. (2015).  Learning green: Perspectives from US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools educators.  The Journal of Sustainability Education, 10 (3), 1-15. Link to article.

Sterrett, W. & Irizarry, E. (2015).  Beyond “autopsy data”: Bolstering teacher leadership, morale, and school improvement.  Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 18 (1), 3-13. Link to journal.

Sterrett, W., Garrett Dikkers, A., & Parker, M. A. (2014). Using brief instructional video clips to foster communication, reflection, and collaboration in schools. The Educational Forum, 78 (3),263-274.  Link to journal.

Sterrett, W., & Reid-Griffin, A. R. (2013). A Four Cylinder Engine: Shared Collaborative Ownership as the Vehicle for Enhanced Student Success. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 49 (3), 131-135. Link to journal.

Sterrett, W. (2012). From discipline to relationships. Educational Leadership, 70 (2), 71-74. Link to journal.

Selected Recent Presentations

Sterrett, W., Parker, M. A, & Mitzner, K. (November 19, 2016). University Council for Educational Administration, "Valuing teacher's time: Data, challenges, and principal insights," UCEA, Detroit, MI.

Richardson, J. & Sterrett, W. (November 19, 2016). University Council for Educational Administration, "Learning from tech-savvy superintendents: Redefining leadership roles and re-imagining student and staff success," UCEA, Detroit, MI.

Reid-Griffin, A. R., Sterrett, W., & Stanback, A., American Educational Research Association, "Creating Communities of Engagement: Project Based Learning Initiative through a Professional Development System," AERA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. (April 9, 2016).

Sterrett, W., ASCD Pre-conference Institute session: "Short on Time: Making time to learn and lead collaboratively," ASCD Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. (April 1, 2016).

Sterrett, W., North Carolina Principal Fellows, "Leading and learning as a collaborative, innovative school leader," UNC Center for School Leadership Development, Chapel Hill, NC. (January 27, 2016).

Sterrett, W., & Imig, S. R., American Educational Research Association, "Lessons from Leaders of the US DoE Green Ribbon Schools," AERA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. (April 20, 2015).

Additional Information


Igniting Teacher Leadership: How do I empower my teachers to lead and learn? (ASCD, 2015) by William Sterrett

Short on Time: How do I make time to lead and learn as a principal? by William Sterrett

Short on Time

Insights into Action: Successful School Leaders Share What Works (ASCD, 2011)  by William Sterrett

Insights into Action

The School Improvement Planning Handbook by Daniel Duke, Marsha Carr, and William Sterrett

School Improvement Planning Handbook

ASCD presents author Bill Sterrett

The Power of Teacher Leaders

Chapter “The Principal as Facilitator of Teacher Leadership” in The Power of Teacher Leaders: Their Roles, Influence, and Impact (Nathan Bond, ed., Routledge, 2014).



At TeacHaiti School:  Dr. Sterrett traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to work with school leaders. Read his research related to school leadership standards here.

Green Ribbon Schools

Sterrett was invited to attend the United States Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools ceremony in Washington, DC, where educational leaders were recognized for their green efforts in schools and districts.  Read about related research by Sterrett, Imig, and Moore at this link.