Jennifer Clayton

Jennifer Clayton
Associate Professor, Educational Administration
(757) 269-2203

Dr. Clayton's research interests include leadership development and preparation, experiential learning for leaders, effective leadership for social justice in K-12 schools, and university-community-district education partnerships.


Clayton, J., & Myran, S. (2013). Content and context of the administrative internship: How mentoring and sustained activities impact preparation. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 21(1).

Thessin, R., & Clayton, J. (2013). Perspectives of school leaders on the administrative Internship. Journal of Educational Administration, 51(6), 790-81.

Clayton, J., Sanzo. K, & Myran, S. (2013). Understanding mentoring as leadership development: Perspectives of district administrators and aspiring leaders. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 8(1).

In the News

Dr. Rebecca Thessin, Dr. Jennifer Clayton, and GSEHD alumna Dr. Kim Jamison (Ed.D., Educational Administration) recently published an article in the Journal of Research on Leadership Education entitled, “Profiles of the Administrative Internship: The Mentor/Intern Partnership in Facilitating Leadership Experiences.”

Dr. Rebecca Thessin and Dr. Jennifer Clayton presented a paper entitled “A Exploration of a New Superintendent’s Transition Team as a Facilitator of Organizational Socialization of Senior District Administrators” at the University Council of Educational Administration conference in Denver, Colorado on November 16, 2017. Dr. Thessin also organized and participated in a Critical Conversation with researchers and practitioners in a session entitled, “Supporting Principals’ Instructional Leadership Development from Central Office: The Current and Future Role of the Principal Supervisor” at this conference.

Dr. Jennifer Clayton and Dr. Rebecca Thessin recently published a paper in Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning entitled Voices of Educational Administration Internship Mentors.

GSEHD alumna Arronza LaBatt (Ed.D., educational administration and policy studies) is a finalist for the AERA Leadership for School Improvement Special Interest Group (LSI SIG) 2016 Dissertation of the Year Award for Balancing the Role of the Principalship: Creating and Sustaining Equity and Excellence in an Accountability World. Dr. Jennifer Clayton was her dissertation chair. Dr. LaBatt will be presenting her work at the AERA Conference in San Antonio, TX.