Faculty Profiles

Dr. William Black

Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Affiliate Faculty in Educational Measurement and Research

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Email: wrblack@usf.edu
Office: USF Tampa campus, EDU 158-O 
Phone: 813-974-6097


William R. (Bill) Black is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of South Florida. Before joining USF, Dr. Black was an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University at Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Dr. Black’s previously worked in Florida, Costa Rica, and Texas as a community educator and immigration paralegal, bilingual elementary school teacher, and Elementary Administrator. Dr. Black received his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.  

Dr. Black's research interests focus on leadership preparation and partnerships, as well as educational policy implementation related to students identified with disabilities and bilingual/bicultural students. He has served as principal investigator (PI) or co-principal investigator (co-PI) on grants totaling over $4 million, and has worked extensively with local school districts to coordinate multiple district funding initiatives to recruit, select, and support over 150 educators pursuing Ed.S. and Masters degrees. 

Dr. Black has served as the co-editor of the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership and recently co-edited two volumes in the Research and Theory in Educational Leadership Book Series: Who controls the preparation of Education Administrators? (2019) and Who decides?: Dis/Ability, power, and Educational Leadership. He currently serves as the President of the University Council for Educational Administration, a consortium of 110 research universities.