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Continuing Administrator License (CAL) - Faculty

Faculty members for the Executive Leadership Program have been chosen for their practical experience, as well as, their academic background. Participating school districts, administrative mentors, clinical faculty teaching in the program, and Portland State University faculty collaborate in the design and delivery of this program to assure the highest quality instruction that is timely, informed, relevant, and practical given the challenges of contemporary school district administration. 


burkPat Burk, PhD, joins the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy after 30 years in K–12 public education. He most recently served as the chief policy officer for the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), and has also been the associate superintendent for federal programs at ODE. His experience includes serving as the deputy superintendent for Portland Public Schools and as an Oregon school principal for 25 years. In 2002, Dr. Burk earned the award for leadership and support from Junior Achievement of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

carlileSusan Carlile, MA, is an associate professor in PSU's Educational Leadership and Policy Department and currently is the program coordinator for the Education, Leadership and Policy department and cohort leader for the Portland Saturday IAL cohort. She is a former Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the Tigard-Tualatin School District and has been a classroom teacher, activities director, and high and middle school assistant principal and principal in suburban and rural Oregon.  She is past president of the Oregon Professors of Educational Administration and active in the Oregon Leaders Network. A recent article, “Equity: Preparing Future School Leaders to Ensure Racial, Ethnic, Linguistic, and Socio-Economic Equity in Education”, published in the International Journal of Educational Leadership is an example of her research focus, leadership for equity. Ms. Carlile served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, West

johnsonDan Johnson, EdD, is currently serving as program manager and student adviser for off-campus administration certificate programs for the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University. Dr. Johnson retired from Salem-Keizer School District in 1999 where he served as assistant superintendent, director of special projects, director of the Sprague-area operations, and principal at the high school and middle school level. He has also been an administrative assistant for Education Services, an activities adviser, and a middle school

Deborah Peterson

Deborah Peterson, EdD, is a member of the ELP faculty, teaching in the IAL. CAL, and doctoral program. Her research and publications focus on educational leadership for equity, with particular interest in schools successful with bilingual, bicultural youth; school and community partnerships that support academic achievement; social service support for academic achievement in high poverty communities; and change leadership for equity in school systems. The recipient of the 2014 Oregon Association of Latino Administrators Ally Award, Dr. Peterson partners with many Oregon and SW Washington schools to reduce educational disparities. To connect with Dr. Peterson through linked in, contact her at or at


To schedule an appointment with a specific faculty advisor, please email them directly. You may also contact the Executive Leadership Program Coordinator, Susan Carlile, at