Faculty and Staff Profiles

LARRY MCNEAL
Professor Chair, Leadership
Email: lmcneal1@memphis.edu
Office Location: 123 Ball Hall

Work Experience

  • Professor, Department of Leadership - University of Memphis - 2003 to Current
  • Chair , Department of Leadership - University of Memphis - 2003 to 2008
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Educational Management & Development - Graduate School of Education, New Mexico State University - summer 2000
  • Professor, Department of Educational Leadership - Graduate School of Education, University of Arkansas at Little Rock - 1998 to 2003
  • Program Coordinator, Department of Educational Leadership - University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock - 1998 to 2001
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Educational Management & Development - Graduate School of Education, New Mexico State University - summer 1998
  • Recorder (Acting Chair, Department of Educational Leadership - Graduate School of Education, University of Arkansas at Little Rock - 1998 to present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Educational Administration and Foundations - Graduate School of Education, Illinois State University - 1995 to 1998
  • Visiting Professor, Bellver International College - Trenton State College (now College of New Jersey), Graduate School of Education, Palma de Mallorca - summer 1996
  • Associate Director, Office of Educational Finance, Center For Higher Education and Educational Finance, Graduate School of Education - Center For Higher Education and Educational Finance, Graduate School of Education, Illinois State University - 1995-1997
  • State Coordinator, Illinois Education Graduate School of Education - Institute for Educational Leadership, Graduate School of Education, Illinois State University - 1994-1996
  • Research Associate, Center for the Study of Educational Finance, Graduate School of Education - Graduate School of Education, Illinois State University - 1993-1995
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Administration and Foundations, Graduate School of Education - Graduate School of Education, Illinois State University - 1993-1995
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Educational Administration and Foundations, Graduate School of Education - Graduate School of Education, University of Northern Iowa - summer 1993
  • Research Associate, Center for the Study of Small/Rural Schools - University of Oklahoma - 1992-1994
  • Adjunct Fellow, Center for Research on Multi-Ethnic Education - University of Oklahoma - 1991-1992
  • Danforth Principal Preparation Program Co-Facilitator, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Graduate School of Education - Graduate School of Education, University of Oklahoma - 1991-1993
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Graduate School of Education - Graduate School of Education, University of Oklahoma - 1991-1993
  • Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs, Wisconsin Alumni Association - University of Wisconsin, Madison - 1990-1991
  • Budget Analyst Intern,   - University of Wisconsin System Administration - 1989-90
  • LTE Equal Rights Officer, Division of Care and Treatment Facilities - Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services - fall/spring, 1988/1989
  • Budget and Management Analyst Intern, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction - Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction - summer 1988
  • Marketing Manager,   - WarBuc Educultural Publications - 1985-1987
  • Business Mathematics Instructor, Business Department - Madison Area Technical College - fall 1985 and spring 1987
  • Finance Marketing Representative,   - John Deere & Company - 1978-1984
  • Commercial Service Representative,   - Honeywell, Incorporated - 1977-1978
  • Public Administration Intern, Mayor's Office - City of Davenport - 1976

Teaching Experience

  • Administration and Organization of Schools -  
  • Educational Finance -  
  • Advanced Administrative Theory and Behavior -  
  • School Business Administration -  
  • Administrative Problem Analysis -  
  • Organizational Change -  
  • Educational Public Relations -  
  • Introduction to Doctoral Studies -  
  • Educational Politics and Policy -  
  • Dissertation Proposal Development -  
  • Human and Fiscal Resources Management -  

Student Advising/Mentoring

  • Masters - Hunt, D. L. - (2006)
  • Masters - Jones, C. A. - (2006)
  • Masters - Gallagher, K. A. - (2005)
  • Masters - Garrone , M. - (2005)
  • Masters - Hill, M. - (2005)
  • Masters - Horrell , W. E. III - (2005)
  • Masters - Nelson, P.W. - (2005)
  • Masters - Sutton, W. J. - (2005)
  • Masters - Moore , M.J. - (1994)
  • Specialist - Johnson, M.V. - (2006)
  • Specialist - McKnight, T. - (2006)
  • Doctoral - Phillips, C. - (2009)
  • Doctoral - Vogel, T.S. - (2004)
  • Doctoral - Harris, P. - (2004)
  • Doctoral - Cozzens , J. - (2004)
  • Doctoral - Sylvester, L. - (2004)
  • Doctoral - Brown, Z. - (2004)
  • Doctoral - Nation, L. - (2004)
  • Doctoral - Bradshaw, K. - (2004)
  • Doctoral - Chapman, D. - (2004)
  • Doctoral - Moore, K. - (2004)
  • Doctoral - Mitchell, S. - (2004)
  • Doctoral - Raines, S. - (2004)
  • Doctoral - Tucker, T. - (2004)
  • Doctoral - Ward, M. - (2004)
  • Doctoral - Bednan , L. - (2003)
  • Doctoral - Sharp, J. - (2003)
  • Doctoral - Walker, J. - (2003)
  • Doctoral - Narcissus T. - (2002)
  • Doctoral - Mashburn , D - (2002)
  • Doctoral - D. Bangs - (2001)
  • Doctoral - Broadnax , W - (2001)
  • Doctoral - Sain , L - (2001)
  • Doctoral - Bitely , W - (2001)
  • Doctoral - Claye . C. - (2001)
  • Doctoral - Tucker, A. - (2001)
  • Doctoral - Tackett, J - (2000)
  • Doctoral - Dickerson, M. - (2000)
  • Doctoral - Chesser , T.J. - (2000)
  • Doctoral - Goldstone, E - (1998)
  • Doctoral - Kilpatrick, R.L - (1998)
  • Doctoral - Anderson , N.J - (1998)
  • Doctoral - Hinrichs , B. - (1998)
  • Doctoral - Brown, E.J - (1998)
  • Doctoral - Harrison , G.L - (1998)
  • Doctoral - Stack, C.A - (1997)
  • Doctoral - Eddy, T.M - (1997)
  • Doctoral - Davis , J.R - (1995)
Service
  •   - Editorial Board - 1993-1998
  •   - Editorial Review Board - 1997-1999
  •   - Editorial Board - 2000-to 2003
Consulting
  • West Middle School - August 2008 - Current
  • Jackson-Madison County Schools, Jackson, TN - August 2008 - July 2009
  • Fayette County Schools - August 2007 - June 2009
  • Memphis City Schools - August 2003 - Current
  • Shelby County Schools - August 2005 - Current
  • Oakland Elementary School - November 2007
  • Hardeman County Schools - October 2005
  • Davenport Public School District - August 2006 - June 2007
  • Kankakee Public School District - January 1993 - May 1993
Journal Articles
  • McNeal, L. & Christy, W.K. (2003). The locus of control issue in standard based accountability. Educational connections. Kansas State University.
  • McNeal, L. (2002). The school-community relations profile process: Combining school district and community based data.  In J.T. Owens & J.C. Simmons (Eds.), Creating quality reform: Programs, communities, and governance Boston: MA.
  • Christy, W.K. & McNeal, L. (2000). Implications of legislative policy development for public school districts. F. Kochan (Ed.). Southern regional council on educational administration yearbook
  • Mogilka, J., Ashby, D.E., & McNeal, L., (Eds.). (1996). Planning & Changing, 27(1&2).
  • McNeal, L. (1995). Fulfilling promises in the land of Will Rogers: A look at performance indicators in selected school districts since the enactment of Oklahoma house bill 1017. School finance policy issues in the states and provinces: Annual update 1995 (135138), C. Edlefson (Ed). The Ohio State University: Policy Research for Ohio-Based Education.
  • McNeal, L. & Reed, R. (1995). Building a school-community relations profile through sociological inventorying. People & Education: The Human Side of Schools, 3(3), 371-386.
  • McNeal L., et al. (1994). National Sallie Mae winners and their principals.  National Forum of Educational Administration and Supervision Journal, 11(3), 3-10. 
  • McNeal, L. (1994). Focusing on at-risk students: Case study of John Wilkinson Elementary School.  Illinois School Research and Development Journal, 31(1), 7-10.
  • McNeal L., & Ashby, D. (1993). Site-based management and changing relationships. Illinois School Research and Development Journal, 31(1), 7-10.
  • Hickrod, G.A., Arnold, R., Chaudhari, R., McNeal, L., & Pruyne, G.B. (1993). Common sense: Plain talk to legislators about school finance. Center For the Study of Educational Finance. Illinois State University.
  • McNeal L., & Lehman, B. J. (1993). A vision of the future: The full-service school.  Planning and Changing, 24(3/4), 140-154.
  • McNeal, L. & Christy, W.K. (2003). The locus of control issue in standard based accountability. Educational connections. Kansas State University.
  • McNeal L. (1993). The education of African-American children in Oklahoma.  State of Oklahoma: Annual Report.  Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City, Inc., 36-45.
  • First, P. F., McNeal, L., & Knudson, D. P. (1993). Evaluating the University of Oklahoma Danforth Principal Preparation Program. Connections, 1 (2), 3.
  • McNeal, L. (1992). University of Oklahoma report.  Danforth Programs for the Preparation of School Principals Newsletter, 1 (2), 3.
  • McNeal, L. (1987). From the desk of: National Multicultural Banner, 5 (6), 2.
  • McNeal, L. (1986). From the desk of: Literacy, who's problem is it anyway?  National Multicultural Banner, 5 (3), 2.
  • McNeal, L. (1986). The Black collegians guide to graduate fellowships for minority students.  National Multicultural Banner, 5 (2), 9.
  • Christy, W.K., McNeal, L., & Lewis, R.S. (2003). Accreditation: New directions and new reports. ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. EA 032841.
  • Christy, W.K.,  McNeal, L., & Chesser, J. (2003). Implementing new accreditation standards: One programís experience.  ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. EA 032840.
  • McNeal, L., Christy, W.K., & Chesser, J. (2003). The intersect of teaching and evaluation.  ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. EA 032836.
  • McNeal, L., & Christy, W.K. (2003). A discussion of change theory, system theory, and state designed standards and accountability initiatives. ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. EA 032837.
  • Christy, W.K. & McNeal, L. (2003). Excellence in administration preparation programs: How will we know?  ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. EA 032832.
  • McNeal, L., Christy, W.K. (2003). Chapter schools under construction: An analysis of a charter school evaluation plan. Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration. ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. EA 032839.
  • Christy, W.K. & McNeal, L. (2002). Implications of legislative policy development for public school districts. ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. EA 031517.
  • Christy, W.K., & McNeal, L. (2001). Influence of school board members on state legislation in Arkansas. ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 031 517.
  • Chesser, J.S., & McNeal, L. (2001). Educational community study circles: How superintendents can enhance school improvement through community dialogue. ERIC Document Reproduction Service No.  ED 446 370.
  • Chesser, J.S., & McNeal, L. (1999). School improvement through community dialogue: The first community study circles on education in Arkansas and Oklahoma. ERIC Document Reproduction Service No.  ED 436 694.
Presentations
  • Christy, W.K., & McNeal, L. (November 2001). Implications of legislative policy development for public school districts. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Mid-South Educational Research Association, Little Rock, AR.
  • Chesser, J.S., & McNeal, L. (November 2000). The use of the study circle in school reform: Bringing all the voices to the table. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Mid-South Educational Research Association, Bowling Green, KY.
  • McNeal, L. & Christy, W.K. (November 2000). Charter schools under construction: An analysis of a charter school evaluation plan.  A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration, Nashville, TN.
  • Christy, W.K., & McNeal, L. (November, 2000). Implications of charter schools and home schooling.  A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration, Nashville, TN.
  • Christy, W.K. & McNeal. L.  (November 2000). The process of making sausage in the factory of program reform. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration, Nashville, TN.
  • McNeal, L., Christy, W.K., & Lewis, R. (October 2002). New urban leaders and new implications for educational administration. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration, Kansas City, MO.
  • Christy, W.K., McNeal, L., & Lewis, R. (October 2002). Accreditation: New directions and new reports. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration, Kansas City, MO.
  • McNeal, L. & Christy, W.K. (November 2001). A discussion of change theory, systems theory, and state designed standards and accountability initiatives. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration, Jacksonville, FL.
  • McNeal, L. & Christy, W.K. (November 2001). State designed standards and accountability initiatives in the southwestern regional educational development laboratory service area. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration, Jacksonville, FL.
  • prepared for the annual conference of the Mid-South Educational Research Association, Little Rock, AR.
  • Talana, V. & McNeal, L. (November 2008).  Improving Working Conditions in an Urban School District: A Proposal. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the MSERA, Knoxville, TN.
  • McNeal, L., Strom, S., & Hemminger, L. (May 2003). Using the levels of implementation tool. The Consortium for Assessment & Planning Support. Cancun, Mexico.
  • McNeal, L., Strom, S., & Hemminger, L. (May 2003). Making sense of the institutionalization of assessment in a college of education. The Consortium for Assessment & Planning Support. Cancun, Mexico.
  • Mims, N.G., McNeal, L., & Reed, C.J, (November 2002). Authentic learning: Connections and practices in educational leadership preparation programs. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the University Council for Educational Administration, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • McNeal, L., Mims, N.G., & Reed, C.J. (November 2002). The importance of relationship building in leadership preparation. A paper prepared for the annual Conference of the University Council for Educational Administration, Pittsburgh, PA.        
  • McNeal, L. (March 2002). The new urban leaders: Threats and challenges. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Internal Academy of Educational Leaders, Atlanta, GA.
  • McNeal, L. (July 2001). The institutionalization of the assessment process: One story in one college of education.  The Consortium for Assessment & Planning Support. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • McNeal, L. (July 2001). Faculty perceptions of their involvement in the assessment (evaluation) process. The Consortium for Assessment & Planning Support. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  •  Michaelis, K. & McNeal, L. (April 2000). From indifference to injustice: The politics of teen violence. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.      
  • McNeal, L. (March 2000). An alternative governance model for public education. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the International Academy of Educational Leaders, Nashville, TN.
  • Chesser, J. S., & McNeal, L. (March, 2000). Educational community study circles in Arkansas: How superintendents can enhance school improvement through community dialogue. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the American Association of School Administrators 11th Annual Conference Within A Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • McNeal, L., Gonzalez, M. L., & Noley, Grayson. (October 1999). The ethics of silencing in school accountability: Listening to the voices of Hispanic, Native American, and African-American Researchers. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the University Council for Educational Administration Convention, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Christy, W.K. & McNeal, L. (March 1999). Future policy implications of an Arkansas referendum initiative.  A paper prepared for the annual conference of the American Education Finance Association, Seattle, WA.
  • McNeal, L. (January 1999). National standards and their impact on educational administration programs: Lessons learned from reflection. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the International Academy of Educational Leaders, San Antonio, TX.
  • McNeal, L. (March 1998). The link between quality and school communitarianism. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Creating the Quality School, Arlington, VA.
  • McNeal, L., Place, A. W., Tillman, L.C., Beaumont, J. J., & Sanders, E. T. W. (October 1997). A cross-cultural discussion of the 1997 ucea conference theme. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the University Council for Educational Administration, Orlando, FL.
  • McNeal, L. (March 1997). Influencing instructional strategies to enhance learning by using the school-community relations profile model.  A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Creating the Quality School, Oklahoma City, OK. 
  • McNeal, L. (March 1996). The implications of community based information for caring schools:  Scrping along.  A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Creating the Quality School, Oklahoma City, OK. 
  • McNeal, L. & Chi, J. (March 1996). Performance indicators and curriculum offerings:  Is there a connection in Oklahoma?  A paper prepared for the annual conference of the American Education Finance Association Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • McNeal, L., Parks, J., Watson, L., Jackson, D., Midgette, T., & Glenn, E. (March 1996). Our pedagogy: Culture as a major variable.  A paper prepared for the conference on the Pedagogy of the Oppressed Conference, Omaha, NE. 
  • McNeal, L. &  Ashby, D. (October 1995). School-community relations profiling: Re examining  leadership for community.  A paper prepared for the annual conference of the University Council for Educational Administration, Salt Lake City, UT. 
  • McNeal, L. (April 1995). Fulfilling promises in the land of Will Rogers: A look at performance indicators in selected school districts since the enactment of Oklahoma house bill 1017.  A paper prepared for the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • McNeal, L. (March 1995). Promoting quality in education through the Scrping of schools. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Creating the Quality School, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • McNeal, L. (April 1994). The state of educational finance in Oklahoma. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • McNeal, L. (March 1994). Governance structures in decentralized schools and school improvement: Lessons from Chicago school reform.  A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Creating the Quality School, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • McNeal, L. (March 1994). Governance structures in decentralized schools and decision-making: Another way to promote quality. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Creating the Quality School, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • McNeal, L. & Lehman, B. J. (February 1994). A vision of the future: The full-service school. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the American Association of School, San Francisco, CA.
  • McNeal, L.  (March 1993). Quality schools and site-based management: An issue of fiscal management.  A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Creating the Quality School, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • McNeal, L. (March 1993). Site-based fiscal management and the preparation of building administrators.  A paper prepared for the annual conference of the American Education Finance Association, Albuquerque, NM.
  • McNeal, L., Chance, E. W., Langenbach, M., Costa, E. W., &  Carem, C. (March 1993). National sallie mae winners and their principals. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the American Association of School Administrators, Orlando, FL.
  • McNeal, L. (1992, March 1992). The university's role in the preparation of school site-based managers. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Creating The Quality School, Norman, OK.
  • Chesser, J. S., & McNeal, L. (November 1999). School improvement through community dialogue: The first community study circles on education in Arkansas and Oklahoma. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Mid-South Educational Research Association, Clear Point, AL.
  • McNeal, L., Higham, R., & Boyd, M. A. (October 1994). Establishing community between higher education, public education, and self:  An effort of compromise in infusing  multiculturalism. A paper prepared for the annual conference of the Midwestern Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.