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Initial Administrator License (IAL) - Faculty

Faculty members for the Initial Administrator License Program are chosen for their leadership experience and academic background. Administrators from participating school districts, administrative mentors, and Portland State University faculty collaborate in the design and delivery of this program to assure that instruction is timely, informed, relevant, and practical given the challenges of contemporary school district administration.

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 Africa.

Moti HaraMoti Hara, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department. He earned his Ph.D. in Advanced Quantitative Methods from UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, and conducts research around equity and social justice in education through applications of advanced statistical analysis methods. He is particularly interested in analysis of longitudinal data, multilevel (or hierarchical linear) modeling, and application of Bayesian statistics. He partners with Dr. Esperanza De La Vega (Department of Curriculum and Instruction) in ongoing research of Oregon public schools that have successfully closed achievement gaps.

petersonDeborah 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

Susan AdamsSusan Adams, MS, is an Administrator currently on “Special Assignment” as and Staff Improvement Coordinator for the Salem-Keizer School District. Susan’s background stems from teaching in the classroom for 13 years, and administration for 10 years, including her position in Human Resources for the past two years. She was honored with the Crystal Apple Teaching Award in 2001 and was a Crystal Apple Principal Nominee in 2007. Susan has introduced and implemented various programs and models to encourage and transform students’ learning abilities, such as Dual Language, Literacy Squared, and ESOL (English as a Second Language). Susan considers herself a lifetime learner which keeps her current and abreast of new educational models and changes.

Darin DrillDarin Drill, J.D., has taught School Law and Negotiation, Collective Bargaining and Mediation at PSU and Lewis and Clark College. He currently serves in the Cascade School District as the Superintendent of Schools. Drawing on his experiences in teaching junior and senior high students, acting as head coach, an assistant high school principal, high school principal, human resources director, and director of secondary education, Drill shares ideas and successes in education with students in the program. Drill states, “I believe that school administrators can make the difference between an outstanding school and just a regular school. They can provide leadership and direction in tough times; they provide hope and inspiration to staff and students, and they create perfect conditions in schools that bring about high levels of learning. In short, they are the creators of miracles.”

Robin StouttRobin Stoutt MS, co-teaches the Mid Willamette Valley (Salem) Cohort of the IAL Program with Darin Drill in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University. Robin is currently employed as the Perrydale School District Superintendent in Amity, Oregon. She brings 33 years of experience as an educator to PSU. Her career as an elementary principal, middle school principal, instructional computing specialist, curriculum director, and a classroom teacher gives her an opportunity to use her education and experience to lead today’s aspiring, young administrators in the PSU IAL cohort.