Marvin E. Edwards, EdD

Marvin EdwardsProfessor of Education
Office Location: Institute 219
Telephone Number: 630-844-4625
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Teaching Philosophy
While teaching is very important, it is not nearly as important as learning. Therefore, from my point of view, teaching is only successful if there is successful learning. I believe, regardless of the level of the learner, learning is the key to success.  In my own teaching practice where adults are the student learners, I must be continually mindful that success is better derived by employing the constructivist method of teaching, wherein, the students take an active role in their learning by making choices that may guide the direction of the discussions which generally leads to intelligent inquiry and discovery.

EdD, Northern Illinois University
CAS, Northern Illinois University
MS Ed, Chicago State University
BS Ed, Eastern Illinois University

Areas of Specialization
Educational Leadership for the Practitioner
Research Interest is the School Superintendent
Curriculum and Instruction
School District Budget and Finance
School District Reform
Human Resources
School District Operations
Working with School Boards

Courses Taught
EDU7110 Educational Reform and Renewal
EDU7120 Policy Analysis in Education
EDU7750 Educational Leadership Internship
EDU7220 Economics  of Education
EDU7260 The Modern Superintendency
EDU7225 Curriculum for Administrators
EDU7800 Dissertation Chair each semester

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
The Modern School Superintendent: An Overview of the Role and Responsibilities in the 21st Century Copyright 2006, IUniverse Inc. New York.  

I also have published approximately 25 journal articles over the course of my career in educational leadership.

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Adviser for doctoral candidates at the AU campus
Council on Certification of Professional Personnel
Faculty Affairs committee (one term)
Faculty Personnel Committee
Faculty Senate (two terms) 
Faculty Advisor for the Aurora University Superintendents Network
Graduate Affairs committee (two terms)
Kappa Delta Pi Professional Honorary fraternity
NCATE visit committee