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Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research - Ric Keaster

Dr. Ric Keaster

Dr. Ric Keaster


Office:  Gary A. Ransdell Hall - 3082
Phone:  270-745-7088


Ph.D. – University of New Orleans; M.Ed. – University of New Orleans; BS in Ed. – Greenville College


Dr. Ric Keaster is currently a Professor in the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research at Western Kentucky University, teaching P-12 and Postsecondary Administration courses and also courses in Research Design. He spent seven years in higher education administrative roles (e.g., Department Chair of Educational Leadership and Research – University of Southern Mississippi and Associate Dean for Administration and Research at WKU) before returning to faculty in 2006 where he served as the Coordinator for the Cooperative Doctoral Program with the University of Louisville. During the 1997-98 Academic Year, he served as an American Council on Education Fellow at Auburn University, working as an administrative assistant to the AU President. Dr. Keaster has 13 years’ experience in teaching and administrative roles in middle and secondary schools and has spent 24 years in higher education.

Courses Taught (Graduate/Doctoral Level)


  • EDAD 585 - Fundamentals of School Administration
  • EDAD 684 - Instructional Leadership
  • EDAD 690 - The PrincipalshipEDAD
  • EDAD 694 - Seminar in Ed. Administration
  • EDFN 576 - Issues and Trends in Education
  • EDFN 685 - Issues in Higher Education (Doctoral)
  • EDFN 700 - Dissertation and Research Design (Doctoral)
  • EDFN 726 – Postsecondary Change and Cultures (Doctoral)
  • EDLD 711 - Research I – Methods/Leadership (Doctoral)


  • Advanced School Administration
  • Group Processes (Doctoral)
  • Practicum in Supervision/Administration
  • Public School Administration
  • School Finance
  • School Law
  • School Personnel Administration
  • School-Community Relations
  • Elementary/Secondary School Principalship
  • Supervision of Instruction

Research Interests

Leadership, Change Process, Communication, Delegation

Selected Publications

  • Keaster, R., Chang, F., & Russell, M. (in press). Character education and the change process. 2011 SRCEA Yearbook.
  • Abell, C. H. & Keaster, R. (in press). Change and administrative barriers: Nurse educators’ perceptions concerning the use of simulators. Nursing Education Perspectives.
  • Keaster, R. & Schlinker, W. (2009). What good are educational administration certification programs? International Journal of Leadership in Education, 12(1), 85-94.
  • Keaster, R. & O’Phelan, M. (2008). The (not so) invisible influences on program development. 2008 SRCEA Yearbook, 11-18.
  • Wulff, A. & Keaster, R. (2007). Evaluating campus-wide attitudes on leadership. Academic Leader, 23 (10).
  • Keaster, R., Metze, L., & Hillegas, A. (2007). Teaching with technology: Facilitating the process, Campus Technology,
    Teaching with Technology: Facilitating the Process
    Teaching with Technology: Facilitating the Process (Part 2)
  • Keaster, R. (2007). As you leave for college. Journal of College Character, 9 (1), 1-5.


In 1997-98, Dr. Keaster was awarded an American Council on Education Fellowship. This competitive honor was awarded to 33 other faculty members and college/university administrators across the nation allowing them to leave their institutions for a year and serve as an administrative intern to a president at another institution, attend higher education professional conferences/seminars, and visit with other leaders at their institutions. Dr. Keaster spent his year at Auburn University and visited 35 different institutions during the year including several in Mexico and Costa Rica.

Outside Interests

Golf, Other Sports, and Music

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