Louann Bierlein Palmer
Professor, Educational Leadership
3571 Sangren Hall
B.S., Michigan State University
M.Ed., University of Arizona
Ed.D., Northern Arizona University
Louann Bierlein Palmer is a Professor of Educational Leadership in the Educational Leadership, Research and Technology Department, College of Education and Human Development at Western Michigan University. She earned her Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Northern Arizona University, and has a M.Ed. from University of Arizona and a B.S. from Michigan State University. Dr. Bierlein Palmer teaches EDLD courses in the areas of School Community Relations and Cultural Competency, Policy Development and Analysis, and Leadership Theory. Her research interests include a broad array of K-12 and higher education reform and policy issues, and she often uses survey research and case study analyses. Prior to joining WMU, Dr. Bierlein Palmer served in various policy research and leadership roles, including the Governor’s Office in Louisiana, and state and university policy centers in Louisiana and Arizona. She is also considered a national expert on quality charter school laws and authorizing policies. For 2012-13, Dr. Bierlein Palmer is also serving as a Graduate College Faculty Fellow.