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Linda Tillman - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Linda Tillman Linda Tillman

Distinguished Visiting Scholar | Loyola Marymount University


Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice Program


Dr. Linda C. Tillman is a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Education’s Educational Leadership for Social Justice doctoral program. Dr. Tillman earned her Bachelor’s degree in secondary education from The Ohio State University, her Masters degree in Educational Administration from the University of Dayton (Ohio), and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from The Ohio State University. She is Professor Emerita at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and has also held faculty positions at the University of New Orleans and Wayne State University (Detroit, MI), and has been an adjunct professor at Teachers College-Columbia University. Dr. Tillman is a former public-school educator with high school teaching and administrative experience. Her research and scholarship is focused on school leadership, the education African Americans in K-12 education, mentoring in higher education, and culturally sensitive research approaches. Dr. Tillman recently conducted a year-long investigation of the status of education for African Americans in a suburban school district. Her work has been featured in publications including Educational Administration Quarterly, Educational Researcher, Review of Research in Education, Review of Educational Research and Teachers College Record. She is editor in chief of the SAGE Handbook of African American Education and co-editor of the Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Diversity and Equity (with J.J. Scheurich). Dr. Tillman’s Culturally Sensitive Research Framework has been cited and used across disciplines including educational leadership, teacher education, and in medical/health care research. Dr. Tillman is the former Vice President of Division A (Administration, Organization and Leadership) of the American Educational Research Association and the former Director of the Barbara Jackson Scholars of the University Council for Educational Administration. She is the recipient of the University Council for Educational Administration’s Jay Scribner Mentoring Award. Dr. Tillman has been featured in Education Week and on the PBS news program, “The Takeaway.” Dr. Tillman serves on the advisory boards of TheHistoryMakers and the Black Education Leadership Collective at Teachers College-Columbia University.

Areas of Expertise (4)

culturally sensitive research

Research Design

Qualitative Research

Mentoring faculty and students of color

Industry Expertise (3)



Writing and Editing

Affiliations (4)

  • American Educational Research Association
  • University Council for Educational Administration
  • TheHistoryMakers.org
  • Black Education Research Collective