Court Case 5 - Professor William Allan Kritsonis


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William Allan Kritsonis, PhD
(Revised Summer, 2009)

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.”

Educational Background

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.

Doctor of Humane Letters

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 Orleans, Louisiana.

Professional Experience

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 600 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 2008, Dr. Kritsonis coauthored the textbook A Statistical Journey: Taming of the Skew. The book has been adopted by professors in many colleges and universities throughout the nation. It was published by the Alexis/Austin Group, Murrieta, California.
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 2009, Dr. Kritsonis’ b

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Court Case 5 - Professor William Allan Kritsonis

  1. 1. -1Case Four Court of Appeals of Texas, Beaumont. Jamie WILSON, Appellant v. WEST ORANGE-COVE CONSOLIDATED INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT AND O.T. Collins, Appellees. No. 09-08-00068-CV. LITIGANTS Plaintiffs- Appellants: Jamie WILSON Defendant- Appellee: WEST ORANGE-COVE CONSOLIDATED INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT AND O.T. Collins BACKGROUND Appellant, Jamie Wilson was employed by West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District (“District”) as an assistant principal under a two-year term contract of employment. On or around March of 2007 Wilson was reprimanded for unethical conduct by Superintendent O.T. Collins. Wilson appealed the reprimand through Level IV of the district's grievance policy, but did not pursue an administrative appeal of the School Board's final decision to the Commissioner of Education. FACTS Wilson was reprimanded for allegedly viewing, during school hours, a videotaped deposition that Collins gave in an unrelated lawsuit that was then pending against the District. After the reprimand was given to Wilson, a copy was placed in her personnel file. The Commissioner of Education is authorized to review claims in which the person “is aggrieved by” ... the “ school laws of this state”; or actions or decisions by a school board that violate either school laws of the state or a provision of a written employment contract between a school district and an employee of the district if the violation would cause the employee to suffer monetary harm. TEX. EDUC.CODE ANN. § 7.057(a) (Vernon 2006). The term “ school laws of this state” is defined to include all statutes contained in Titles 1 and 2 of the Education Code and “rules adopted under those titles.” DECISION Wilson's declaratory judgment action also sought a declaration that her state
  2. 2. constitutional rights were violated. A declaratory judgment that the school district violated Wilson's constitutional rights would serve no purpose. Such a declaration would neither work to enjoin the school district from further suspending Wilson, nor would it mandate reinstatement under her employment contract because she no longer has an employment contract with the district. A judgment in the underlying case would have no practical legal effect upon the parties; it would do no more than attempt to “avoid an event which [has] already passed beyond recall.” Houston Indep. Sch. Dist., 617 S.W.2d at 767.Wilson made no other claims and sought no other relief against the defendants; therefore, the controversy between the parties has ceased to exist. DICTA Appeal of school district's former employee regarding trial court's dismissal of action seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against district was moot. Former employee no longer had employment contract with the district, and thus any injunction prohibiting further suspension or order for reinstatement under employment contract was no longer possible relief. Also, a declaratory judgment that the school district violated former employee's constitutional rights would serve no purpose. IMPLICATIONS Ms. Wilson’s claim of a violation of her constitutional right’s in my opinion are null and void because her evaluations reflect that her performance as a teacher are below expectation which was the basis for her contract to be nonrenewable.