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Jess Weiler - Western Carolina University. Cullowhee, NC, US

Jess Weiler

Assistant Professor | Western Carolina University


Jess Weiler's research focuses upon leadership competence and educator-teaming for equitable and socially just schools.



Jess Weiler is an Assistant Professor and the Program Director for the Educational Leadership program in the College of Education and Allied Professions at Western Carolina University (WCU). Dr. Weiler received her bachelor's and master's degrees in communication sciences and disorders from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. She worked as a speech-language pathologist and special educator in both healthcare and educational settings throughout southern California before returning to graduate school to explore the reasons students with disabilities were not succeeding at high levels.

Recognizing the promise of Dr. Capper and Dr. Frattura’s equity systems work, Dr. Weiler completed her doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Weiler moved to Asheville, NC in 2009 (where she presently resides) and served as a high school administrator before moving to her present position at WCU. Her research focuses upon leadership competence and educator-teaming for equitable and socially just schools.

Education (3)

University of Wisconsin Madison: Ph.D., Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, 2013

St. Louis University,: M.A., Speech and Language Pathology 1997

St. Louis University: B.A., Communication Disorders 1995

Affiliations (1)

  • Leandro Principal Planning Workgroup

Media Appearances (4)

CEAP gains accreditation through Spring 2029

WCU Stories  online


The CAEP Steering Committee include Kelly Tracy, Myra Watson, Nickles, Amanda Chapman, Nancy Luke, Monica Miller, Dale Carpenter, Frank Forcino, Charmion Rush, David Kinner, Unruh, Carmen Huffman, Heidi VonDohlen, Jess Weiler, Carrie Rogers, Karena Cooper-Duffy, and Bricker.

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Educational Leadership program wins national 2021 Program of the Year honor

WCU Stories  online


“This award is the result of more than 10 years of continuous, collaborative, improvement efforts from the Educational Leadership faculty, including myself, Kofi Lomotey, Brandi Hinnant-Crawford, Robert Crow, Emily Virtue, Darrius Stanley, Heidi Von Dohlen and Cathy Andrews,” said Jess Weiler, assistant professor and the Educational Leadership program director.

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Western Carolina University – Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards return

Celebrity Land!  online


Program of Excellence Award: Academic Program – Educational Leadership Jess Weiler, program director for Educational Leadership. The winner of this award receives a $10,000 award that will be available use during the 2021-22 academic year.

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Have women finally arrived in leadership? Not yet | OPINION

Asheville Citizen Times  online


This should not be a zero-sum game where the only possible outcome is the achievement of dominance by either men or women.

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Articles (3)

School Leadership Team Competence for Implementing Equity Systems Change: An Exploratory Study

The Urban Review

2021 Operationalizing practices for equity has eluded the educational community for some time. This exploratory, mixed methods study examined the practices, operationalized by 29 competencies, of ten school leadership teams in one urban, US school district engaged in the initial stages of equity systems change (ICS for Equity™).

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Defining Rigor in Justice-Oriented EdD Programs: Preparing Leaders to Disrupt and Transform Schools

Educational Administration Quarterly

2021 Faculty in practitioner-oriented EdD programs must continually defend the presence of rigor in their programs. The existence of rigor determines the preparedness of our educational leaders to disrupt and transform educational organizations to bring about equitable and socially just outcomes; however, perceptions of rigor by the larger community impact the overall success of these programs and their students.

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Introduction to Promoting and Limiting Voice: The Influence of Web-based Platforms on Public Policy Discourse

Urban Education


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