Ronald A. Styron, Jr., Ed.D.
Office Hours

UCOM 3117
T 1-4
TH 9-12
Ph: (251) 380-2601
Fax: (251) 380-2758
307 University Blvd., S.
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Ronald A. Styron, Jr., Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Leadership and Teacher Education; Educational Leadership Program Coordinator
Educational Leadership and Administration

Education
B.M.Ed., Music Education, Loyola University, 1976
M.M., Music Education and Trombone, University of Miami, 1977
Ed.D., Educational Administration and Supervision, University of New Orleans, 1993
Teaching Philosophy
My teaching philosophy is based on the premise that all students can learn, and students should be treated at all times with respect and dignity. I believe in empowering students to become lifelong learners and to appreciate diversity in all aspects of life. My goal is to connect theory and practice while developing critical thinking, collaboration and communication through application-based active-learning pedagogies.
Research 
My research interests are focused on the Scholarship of Improving Teaching, Learning and Leadership. Specifically, they include the application of technology, instructional strategies that focus on active learning, and blending leadership styles, change strategies, democratic principals and practices along with specific instructional interventions to solve problems and build capacity.
Outreach
Dr. Styron has been involved with numerous service activities. Regarding his recent professional community service, he has served on conference program committees, as conference session chair and presider, as journal editor and manuscript reviewer, and United States Department of Education external grant reviewer. He has served his community at large as hospice volunteer, Community Partnership Advisory Council member, poster judge, and guest speaker. He also has been a responsible university citizen by serving as Faculty Senate Program Peer Mentor and Teaching and Learning Conference Planning Committee member while serving on the Early College Committee, Electronic Learning Committee, Academic Success and Retention Committee, and the General Education Committee. He has served his department as Educational Leadership Program Coordinator, and through membership on the Department of Leadership and Teacher Education Academic Standards Committee, Assessment/TracDat Committee, Student Awards Committee, Search Committee, and student advisor.
Biography
Dr. Ronald A. Styron, Jr. is currently the Educational Leadership Program Coordinator at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Styron has 25 years experience as K-12 teacher and administrator, and is currently in his 14th year of higher education service. While a high school principal, his school was recognized as a Blue Ribbon National School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education. He was also recognized as district and regional Principal of the Year, and Louisiana PTA Educator of Distinction.

During his tenure in higher education Dr. Styron has served as an administrator in various positions. He has administered over $3 million in grant projects and has a proven record of publications with 43 refereed articles, a book chapter, a research report, and a series of administrator training manuals. He has also conducted over 75 professional research presentations and 50 speaking engagements and invited presentations. He has taught 12 different graduate leadership courses and chaired over 30 dissertations. He has also received several outstanding research paper awards and served as plenary keynote speaker on the topic of blended leadership and the importance of active learning.

 

Courses

EDL 598 - Residency

EDL 699 - Research Project

EDL/HED 701 - Advanced Organizational Theory

EDL 799 - Research /Dissertation

EDM 530 - Workshop in Educational Media

HED 621 - Program and Curriculum Development

IDE 792 - Research Project Seminar