Rachel Geesa
Rachel Geesa
Associate Clinical Professor of Educational Leadership
Curriculum Vitae


Room:TC 923

About Rachel Geesa

Dr. Rachel Louise Geesa, EdD, holds degrees in art education, educational psychology, gifted education, school superintendency, and educational administration and supervision. Her research agenda focuses on exploring academic, professional, and personal development and support systems for educational leaders in national and international settings. Recent study topics are related to educational leadership and integrative STEM education, mentoring, school counseling and principal relationships, and supervision in international student teaching programs. She taught and served as an administrator in PK-12 schools in the United States, South Korea, and Japan.

Professional Experience

Dr. Geesa joined Ball State in 2015 and teaches courses related to educational decision-making and leadership in integrative STEM programs. She also facilitates a mentoring program with doctoral students in educational leadership and serves as the Director of International Programs for Teachers College. Prior to joining Ball State, Dr. Geesa worked in P-12 schools in Indiana and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).


Bachelor of Arts (Art Education, Art History, Fine Arts, Photography)

Purdue University, 2005

Master of Art Education

Indiana University, 2007

Master of Arts (Educational Psychology)

Ball State University, 2011

Specialist in Education (School Superintendency)

Ball State University, 2012

Master of Arts in Education (Educational Administration)

Ball State University, 2013

Doctor of Education (Educational Administration)

Ball State University, 2014

Recent Research and Publications 

Geesa, R. L., McConnell, K. R., Elam, N. P., & Clark, E. (2020). Mentor support systems in doctoral mentoring programs. Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 11(3), 311-327. https://doi.org/10.1108/SGPE-10-2019-0081

Geesa, R. L., Stith, K. M., & Rose, M. A. (2020). Preparing school and district leaders for success in developing and facilitating integrative STEM in higher education. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1177/1942775120962148

Geesa, R. L., Mayes, R. D., Lowery, K. P., Boyland, L. G., Quick, M. M., Kim, J., Elam, N. P., & McDonald, K. M. (2020). Increasing partnerships in educational leadership and school counseling: a framework for collaborative school principal and school counselor preparation and support. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603124.2020.1787525

Geesa, R. L., Izci, B., Chen, S., Song, H. S. (2020). Building relationships and collaborating with others to be productive scholars: What we have learned thus far. Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence and ADVANCE Working Paper Series, 3(1), 27-36. https://www.purdue.edu/butler/documents/Working%20Paper%20Series%20-%20Spring%202020%20Issue.pdf

Geesa, R. L., Brown, R., & McConnell, K. (2020). Mentoring pathways program for first year Doctor of Education students: Perspectives of a program redesigned for sustainability. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 28(2), 156-175. https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2020.1749346