William Allan Kritsonis, PhD
William H. Parker Leadership Academy Hall of Honor
In 2008, Dr. Kritsonis was inducted into the William H. Parker Leadership
Academy Hall of Honor, Graduate School, Prairie View A&M University – The Texas
A&M University System. He was nominated by doctoral and master’s degree students.
Dr. Kritsonis Lectures at the University of Oxford, Oxford, England
In 2005, Dr. Kritsonis was an Invited Visiting Lecturer at the Oxford Round Table
at Oriel College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. His lecture was entitled
the Ways of Knowing Through the Realms of Meaning.
Dr. Kritsonis Recognized as Distinguished Alumnus
In 2004, Dr. William Allan Kritsonis was recognized as the Central Washington
University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Education and
Professional Studies. Dr. Kritsonis was nominated by alumni, former students, friends,
faculty, and staff. Final selection was made by the Alumni Association Board of
Directors. Recipients are CWU graduates of 20 years or more and are recognized for
achievement in their professional field and have made a positive contribution to society.
For the second consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report placed Central
Washington University among the top elite public institutions in the west. CWU was 12th
on the list in the 2006 On-Line Education of “America’s Best Colleges.”
Dr. William Allan Kritsonis earned his BA in 1969 from Central Washington
University, Ellensburg, Washington. In 1971, he earned his M.Ed. from Seattle Pacific
University. In 1976, he earned his PhD from the University of Iowa. In 1981, he was a
Visiting Scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, and in 1987 was
a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. In June 2008, Dr.
Kritsonis received the Doctor of Humane Letters, School of Graduate Studies from
Southern Christian University. The ceremony was held at the Hilton Hotel in New
Dr. Kritsonis began his career as a teacher. He has served education as a principal,
superintendent of schools, director of student teaching and field experiences, invited
guest professor, author, consultant, editor-in-chief, and publisher. Dr. Kritsonis has
earned tenure as a professor at the highest academic rank at two major universities.
Books – Articles – Lectures - Workshops
Dr. Kritsonis lectures and conducts seminars and workshops on a variety of topics.
He is author of more than 500 articles in professional journals and several books. His
popular book SCHOOL DISCIPLINE: The Art of Survival is scheduled for its fourth
edition. He is the author of the textbook William Kritsonis, PhD on Schooling that is
used by many professors at colleges and universities throughout the nation and abroad.
In 2007, Dr. Kritsonis’ version of the book of Ways of Knowing Through the
Realms of Meaning (858 pages) was published in the United States of America in
cooperation with partial financial support of Visiting Lecturers, Oxford Round Table
(2005). The book is the product of a collaborative twenty-four year effort started in 1978
with the late Dr. Philip H. Phenix. Dr. Kritsonis was in continuous communication with
Dr. Phenix until his death in 2002.
In 2007, Dr. Kritsonis was the lead author of the textbook Practical Applications
of Educational Research and Basic Statistics. The text provides practical content
knowledge in research for graduate students at the doctoral and master’s levels.
In 2008, Dr. Kritsonis’ book Non-Renewal of Public School Personnel
Contracts: Selected Supreme and District Court Decisions in Accordance with the Due
Process of Law is scheduled for publication by The Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, New
Dr. Kritsonis’ seminar and workshop on Writing for Professional Publication has
been very popular with both professors and practitioners. Persons in attendance generate
an article to be published in a refereed journal at the national or international levels.
Dr. Kritsonis has traveled and lectured throughout the United States and world-
wide. Some recent international tours include Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania,
Turkey, Italy, Greece, Monte Carlo, England, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland,
Russia, Estonia, Poland, Germany, and many more.
Founder of National FORUM Journals – Over 4,000 Professors Published
Dr. Kritsonis is founder of NATIONAL FORUM JOURNALS (since 1983).
These publications represent a group of highly respected scholarly academic periodicals.
Over 4,000 writers have been published in these refereed, peer-reviewed periodicals. In
1983, he founded the National FORUM of Educational Administration and
Supervision – now acclaimed by many as the United States’ leading recognized
scholarly academic refereed journal in educational administration, leadership, and
In 1987, Dr. Kritsonis founded the National FORUM of Applied Educational
Research Journal whose aim is to conjoin the efforts of applied educational researchers
world-wide with those of practitioners in education. He founded the National FORUM
of Teacher Education Journal, National FORUM of Special Education Journal,
National FORUM of Multicultural Issues Journal, International Journal of
Scholarly Academic Intellectual Diversity, International Journal of Management,
Business, and Administration, and the DOCTORAL FORUM – National Journal for
Publishing and Mentoring Doctoral Student Research. The DOCTORAL FORUM is
the only refereed journal in America committed to publishing doctoral students while
they are enrolled in course work in their doctoral programs. In 1997, he established the
Online Journal Division of National FORUM Journals that publishes academic
scholarly refereed articles daily on the website: www.nationalforum.com. Over 500
professors have published online. In January 2007, Dr. Kritsonis established Focus: On
Colleges, Universities, and Schools.
Dr. Kritsonis has served in professorial roles at Central Washington University,
Washington; Salisbury State University, Maryland; Northwestern State University,
Louisiana; McNeese State University, Louisiana; and Louisiana State University, Baton
Rouge in the Department of Administrative and Foundational Services.
In 2006, Dr. Kritsonis published two articles in the Two-Volume Set of the
Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration published by SAGE
Publications, Thousand Oaks, California. He is a National Reviewer for the Journal of
Research on Leadership, University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).
In 2007, Dr. Kritsonis has been invited to write a history and philosophy of education
for the ABC-CLIO Encyclopedia of World History.
Currently, Dr. Kritsonis is Professor of Educational Leadership at Prairie View
A&M University – Member of the Texas A&M University System. He teaches in the
newly established PhD Program in Educational Leadership. Dr. Kritsonis taught the
Inaugural class session in the doctoral program at the start of the fall 2004 academic year.
In October 2006, Dr. Kritsonis chaired the first doctoral student to earn a PhD in
Educational Leadership at PVAMU. He has chair over 18 doctoral dissertations. He lives
in Houston, Texas.
About Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View A&M University has been ranked a top tier university by U.S. News &
World Report’s 2010 “Best Colleges” rankings of historically black colleges and
universities (HBCUs). PVAMU is the only Texas school ranked in the survey’s top tier
Ranked No. 27 on Black Enterprise magazine’s list of “Top 50 Colleges and Universities
for African-Americans”, Prairie View A&M University was founded in 1876 and is the
second-oldest public institution of higher education in Texas. With an established
reputation for producing engineers, nurses and educators, PVAMU offers baccalaureate
degrees in 50 academic majors, 37 master’s degrees and four doctoral degree programs
through nine colleges and schools. A member of the Texas A&M University System, the
university is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in
teaching, research and service. During the university’s 130-year history, nearly 48,000
academic degrees have been awarded. For more information regarding PVAMU, visit