College of Education and Public Policy

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

Dr. Laura Link is an Assistant Professor in the Professional Studies Department of the College of Education and Public Policy. Before joining IPFW, Dr. Link served as Chief Academic Officer at Jackson-Madison County Schools in Jackson, TN and was Chief of Talent Management in the 14th largest school district in the nation, Shelby County Schools in Memphis, TN. She served as 1 of 7 Transition Steering Committee members that was 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 25 years in public and private education. Dr. Link also served as a long-standing state Board Member of Learning Forward, TN, a professional association devoted exclusively to those who work in educator professional development, and she was a host committee member for the 2014 Learning Forward Annual Conference in Nashville, TN. Dr. Link is working with Learning Forward’s national office to recharge Indiana’s affiliate: Learning Forward, IN.

Dr. Link holds a doctorate in Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Memphis and is the co-author of Cornerstones of Strong Schools: Practices for Purposeful Leadership. Her research focuses on developing and supporting highly-effective principals, fair and meaningful grading practices, and school cultures that prioritize collaboration and adult learning. Dr. Link’s teaching responsibilities include Educational Leadership courses required for principal licensure in Indiana and closely supporting students’ practicum and field experiences.