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Mary Lynne Derrington

Associate Professor, Educational Administration


Mary Lynne Derrington is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She received a doctorate in policy, governance and administration from the University of Washington. Before entering the professorate, Derrington served as a school superintendent for 18 years. She was also a principal, teacher, and curriculum director serving at all preK-12 levels including work with Head Start and the International School system in the Netherlands. Her research interests focus teacher and principal evaluation and principal supervision and instructional leadership.

She is Chair of the AERA Supervision and Instructional Leadership SIG.  She is the recipient of Distinguished Paper Award, 2016 from the American Educational Research Association, Supervision and Instructional Leadership SIG. 

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Recent refereed articles are published in journals including Professional Development in Education, Journal of Research on Leadership Education, International Journal of Leadership in Education, AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice, and Planning and Changing.

Recent book chapters include:

Derrington, M.L. (in press). Principals as local actors in supervision. In Zepeda, S. & Ponticell, J.  Handbook of Educational Supervision. Hoboken, NJ; Wiley-Blackwell. Manuscript in preparation.           

Derrington, M.L. (2016). Principals, policy, and practice: Supervision in the intersection. In Zepeda, S. & Glanz, J. (Eds.), Re-examining Supervision: Theory and Practice. Lanham, MD; Roman & Littlefield.

Derrington is co-author of the book Leadership Teaming: The Superintendent-Principal Relationship, Corwin Press.

Contact Information

  • 1122 Volunteer Boulevard 318 Bailey Education Complex Knoxville, TN 37996-3430
  • Phone: 865-974-4041
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