Dr. Stephen Laws

Associate Professor of Education


  • Bachelor of Science in Business, Wake Forest University
  • Masters in Secondary Education and Education Specialist, Winthrop University
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Vanderbilt University

Professional Experience

  • Gaston County Schools: Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Executive Director of Human Resources
  • Elkin City Schools: Superintendent
  • Wilkes County Schools: Superintendent

Courses Taught

  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership  (EDLS) – All Courses
  • Masters in School Leadership (MELS) – All courses, primarily The Principalship

Awards and Recognitions

  • Dissertation Chair of Qualitative and Mixed-Method studies

Dissertation Title

  • The Odyssey Experience:  Residue From a Failed Innovation

Areas of Research Interest

Qualitative and Mixed Method studies involving all areas of school-based and school district leadership.