College of Professional Studies

Assistant Professor Laura Link

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Assistant Professor

  • Office: Neff Hall, 240A
  • Phone: 260-481-5489
  •  Fax: 260-481-5408
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Professional Background

Laura J. Link, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education of the College of Professional Studies at Purdue University Fort Wayne. She holds a doctorate in Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Memphis, and her research focuses on developing and supporting highly-effective leaders and organizational cultures that prioritize collaboration, meaningful assessment, and effective grading practices. She is the co-author of Cornerstones of Strong Schools: Practices for Purposeful Leadership (with J. Zoul, 2007), and author of the forthcoming book chapter Leadership in Grading Reform in What Do We Know About Grading? (Guskey, T. R., & Brookhart, S. M., Eds., 2018) and article titled Teachers’ Perceptions of Grading Practices: How Pre-service Training Makes a Difference (2018). Dr. Link serves on Purdue University Fort Wayne's CAEP Assessment Steering Committee, co-leads two district-wide K-12 Assessment Leadership Academies, co-facilitates Purdue University Fort Wayne’s Leadership Academy, and has led an array of other professional development academies, classes and initiatives over her career. Since 2002, Dr. Link has presented locally and nationally on the topics of high-impact leadership, teacher support, K-12 grading, and more.

Before joining Purdue University Fort Wayne, Dr. Link served as Chief Academic Officer at Jackson-Madison County Schools in Jackson, TN, and was Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning as well as Chief of Talent Management in Shelby County Schools in Memphis, TN, the 14th largest school district in the nation. She served as 1 of 7 Transition Steering Committee members charged with leading the largest school district merger in United States’ history. Additionally, Dr. Link has served in an array of central office and school-based administrative roles (in both urban and suburban settings) and has taught elementary, middle, high school and college students over her 27 years in public and private education. Dr. Link also served as a long-standing state Board Member of Learning Forward Tennessee and is currently the state President of Learning Forward Indiana, a professional association devoted exclusively to those who work in K-16 professional development.