Jennifer Clayton

Jennifer Clayton
Associate Professor, Educational Administration
(202) 994-0757

Jennifer K. Clayton is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Administration and director of the Educational Leadership and Administration programs.

Dr. Clayton's research on leadership development, the educational administration internship, and professional learning for school leaders has appeared in over 40 publications and more than 50 presentations to school districts and research conferences. Dr. Clayton has been nominated for several teaching awards at GW, including the Bender Teaching Award during the 2017-2018 academic year and previously the Honey Nashman Spark-A-Life award. She teaches courses to doctoral and graduate students in school leadership, support and development of teachers, and writing/research.

Prior to her work in higher education, Dr. Clayton served as a Social Studies teacher and in administrative roles in several school districts around the country. Dr. Clayton holds a PhD and EdS in Educational Leadership from Old Dominion University, MA in Educational Administration from Rutgers University, and BA in History, with minors in Secondary Education and Sociology from James Madison University.


Clayton, J. & Thessin, R. (2017) Voices of educational administration internship mentors, Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 25:3, 291-308, DOI: 10.1080/13611267.2017.1364836

Clayton, J., Jamison, K., Briggs, A., & Tekleselassie, A. (2017). Linking Research to Clinical Practice: Insights from the Transformational Pathways in Administrator Preparation program in one Mid-Atlantic Private University. Educational Planning, 24(3), 45-60.

Clayton, J., & Thessin, R. (2016). Learning from our Graduates and Interns: Examining
Graduate and Student Experiences in the Education Administration Internship. Educational Leadership Review, 17(6),17-42.

In the News

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.