College of Professional Studies

Associate Professor Stella C. Batagiannis

Stella C. Batagiannis, Ph.D.Photo of Stella C. Batagiannis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

  • Office: Neff Hall, 250D
  • Phone: 260-481-6452
  • Fax: 260-481-5408
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Professional Background

Dr. Stella C. Batagiannis is Associate Professor in the Educational Leadership Program in the School of Education of the Purdue Fort Wayne College of Professional Studies. Her background includes over thirty years in K-12 schools. She served in leadership roles of superintendent, assistant superintendent, and principal. Her experience has been in urban and suburban school districts. She also taught English for ten years.

Her teaching responsibilities include a number of courses required for principal licensure in Indiana. In addition, she advises students and guides them in applying for leadership positions. Batagiannis is committed to working with aspiring principals, preparing them to be courageous leaders who reflect the disposition of care. Her research interests are in qualitative research in the areas of: courage in leadership; the dispositions of leadership, particularly the disposition of care; action research; and school reform.

Her publications include:

Batagiannis, S. C., Kanpol, B., & Wilson, A. (eds.) (2012). The hope for audacity:   From cynicism to hope in educational leadership and policy. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
Batagiannis, S. C. (2011). Promise and possibility for aspiring principals: An
emerging leadership identity through learning to do action research. The Qualitative Report, 6 (15).
Batagiannis, S. C. (2010). Obama's educational policy: Disposition of authenticity or the politics of "The Emperor's New Clothes.” Journal of Educational Thought, 44(3), 229-257.
Batagiannis, S. C. (2009). The quest for instantaneous perfection, the demand for “push-button” administration: The abandonment of trust in the judgment of educational leaders. The Educational Forum, 73(1), 33-43.
Batagiannis, S. C. & Laidroo, I. (Fall 2007). Scholar-practitioner dialogue: Implementing student-centered, authentic professional learning communities in urban schools. scholarlypartnershipsedu, 2(2), 58-77.
Batagiannis, S. C. A lesson in courage. In Arnoff, K. (Ed.). (2007), So to teach (pp. 96- 99). Indianapolis, IN: Kappa Delta Pi.
Batagiannis, S. C. (2007). Leadership guided by courage: A challenge to instantaneous perfection. Journal of Educational Thought, 41(2), 145-164.
Merz, A. & Batagiannis, S.C. (Winter 2007). Writing reviews as a way of mentoring fellow authors. Mid-Western Educational Researcher. 20(1), 18-20. Editor-invited piece.
(First author indicated that each author contributed fifty percent; see appendix.)
Batagiannis, S.C. (Fall 2006) [Review of the book From standards to success: A guide for school leaders] Issues in Teacher Education, 15(2), 89-93.

Dr. Batagiannis has served in leadership roles at the local, regional, and national levels in the following capacities:

  • Secretary of American Educational Research Association (AERA), Research on the Superintendency SIG. Elected Secretary/Treasurer (2011-2012); Secretary/Treasurer Elect (2010).
  • Served on the Mid-Western Educational Researcher (MWER) Editorial Board. (2008-2010).
  • Elected to the Midwestern Educational Research Association (MWERA) Association Council. (2008-2010).
  • Co-editor of scholarlypartnerships, a journal published through the College of Education and Public Policy.
  • Dr. Batagiannis also serves on numerous department, campus, and state committees.

Selected Honors and Awards:


Teacher of Honor Award. Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (2008-2009).


Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET), a state-level honorary organization for Indiana University and all regional campus faculty (2011).
Indiana House of Representatives Resolution “to recognize her role as Superintendent of the Mishawaka schools and the differences she has made.” (1999).


Friends IPFW Teacher-of-the-Year Award (2013). Friends IPFW Teacher-of-the-Year Award (2013).
Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Special Merit Award. Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (2006).
Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. Selected to serve on the Advisory Board (2008-2011).

College of Education and Public Policy

Dean’s Faculty Accomplishment Award. Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (2010-2011).
Special Merit Award. Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (2010).
Dean’s Faculty Accomplishment Award. Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (2006-2007).
Excellence in Faculty Advising Award– Professional Studies. Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (2006-2007).


Edgar L. Morphet Research Scholarship by the Educational Administration Department of Indiana State University (1983).