Abe Tekleselassie

Abe Tekleselassie
Associate Professor, Educational Administration
(202) 994-0132

Dr. Tekleselassie's research interests include resiliency and the development of protective factors among at-risk students; job satisfaction and mobility patterns of school principals; educational reform and policy in the international context; and women and minorities in educational leadership.

In 2014-15, Dr. Tekleselassie was a US Fulbright Scholar to Ethiopia, where he conducted research on school leadership development for school renewal; closing the research, policy, and practice gap in higher education in Ethiopia; and understanding the professional trajectories of successful women educational leaders.

Previously Dr. Tekleselassie was on faculty at Georgia Southern University, GA, and a Department Chair and a Lecturer at the Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He holds a PhD. in Educational Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Tekleselassie has taught numerous courses at GW including the Principalship, Strategic Planning, Dissertation Seminar, Supervision and Instructional Leadership, among others.


Marshack, S., Tekleselassie, A., & Swayze, S. (2015). The simultaneous education of an immigrant parent and secondary school child. Education Policy and Current Practices, 2 (1), 1-17.

Tekleselassie, A., Mallery, C., & Choi, J.(2013). Applying the multilevel model to unpacking the gender gap in college access among African Americans. The Journal of Negro Education, 82 (2) 139-156.

Tekleselassie, A., & Villarreal, P. (2011). Career mobility and departure intentions among school principals in the United States: Incentives and the disincentives. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 10 (10), 251-293.

Tekleselassie, A. (2010). Demystifying Conventional Assumptions: Do African American parents anticipate investing less toward their children's college costs than their white peers? Journal of Student Financial Aid, 40 (2), 5-20.

Tekleselassie, A. (2006). Crossing traditional boundaries: How do practitioners and university faculty describe their experience with educational research literature? Journal of Educational Research and Reviews, 1, 180-191.

Tekleselassie, A. (2005). Teachers' career ladder policy in Ethiopia: an opportunity for professional growth or a stick disguised as a carrot? International Journal of Educational Development, 25, 618-636.

In the News

Dr. Abebayehu Tekleselassie was elected and appointed President of the International Society for Educational Planning for a two-year term (October 2019-October 2021). In addition, Dr.

GSEHD updates from the 48th annual International Society of Educational Planning Conference in Charleston, SC:

  • Dr. Abebayehu Tekleselassie and Dr. Angel Ford, along with their colleague Dr. Abdourahamane Barry from Taibah University in Saudi Arabia, gave two presentations entitled, Examining the First Cohort in an International Synchronized Online Hybrid Program in Educational Leadership and The State of School Leadership in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Planning for Principal Training, Professional Development, and Leadership Succession. Dr. Tekleselassie and Dr. Ford also presented solo presentations titled Collective Bargaining and School Principal Turnover Decisions: Implications for Leadership Succession Planning and Planning Professional Development to Equalize Student Experiences respectively.
  • Dr. Ford also collaborated with colleagues from Kennesaw State University to present Superintendent and Principal Perceptions on Professional Learning Needs.
  • GSEHD doctoral candidate Travis Dunlap also gave a presentation entitled Framing the Issues Around the Global Standards Movement and Education Policy Making.

Dr. Abe Tekleselassie was invited by The Lab @ DC, a new applied research team in the D.C. Mayor's Office, to speak about mobility patterns of school educators. Dr. Tekleselassie presented: The Revolving Door of the Administrator's Office: Understanding School Principal Leaver and Mover Behavior Using National Data.

Dr. Abebayehu Tekleselassie has been elected to the office of Vice President and Dr. Angel Ford, GSEHD Senior Research Program Associate, has been elected to the office of Secretary for the International Society of Educational Planners.

GSEHD faculty and staff presented at the at the annual conference of the International Society of Educational Planners in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Abe Tekleselassie and Dr. Angel Ford, along with Dr. F. Alhamzi from Taibah University, gave a presentation entitled Global Higher Education Connections Panel Presentation -The Final Stages of Implementation: George Washington University and Taibah University Partnership. Dr. Tekleselassie, Dr. James Tucker, and Dr. Ford presented Planning for Successful School University Partnerships for Principal Training. Dr. Ford also gave a talk entitled Planning Professional Development Using Knowledge of Self-Determination Theory and Generational Theory.