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Dr. Joseph ‘Rocky’ Wallace

Professor School of Education
Main Campus
Education Building

Dr. Joseph ‘Rocky’ Wallace came to Campbellsville University in the fall of 2018 from Asbury University, where he had served for 7 1/2 years as the Coordinator of the Principal Licensure/EDS Degree Program. Previous to Asbury, he taught in Morehead State’s graduate ed leadership program (full-time instructor, beginning as an adjunct).

Rocky is a former school principal of a Kentucky and U.S. Blue Ribbon School (Catlettsburg Elementary), served in the Highly Skilled Educator program at KDE as a leadership consultant to new principals, and as Director of Instructional Support and Adult Education at KEDC (the education cooperative in Ashland, Kentucky).

Rocky’s research area is servant leadership, and he consults with schools and presents on the topic regularly at education and leadership conferences.

Also, he has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 12 books with education publisher Rowman & Littlefield in the domains of school improvement and servant leadership. His most recent was a collaborative effort in 2023 on servant leadership and social-emotional learning–with several other education professors in CU’s School of Education.

Degrees/Certifications: Berea College, BA (1979); Morehead State University, MA (1983), Rank I School Admin (1986), Superintendent (2001); Regent University, Doctor of Strategic Leadership (2007)

Recent Presentations:

Servant Leadership Roundtable. Regent University. November, 2023.

“‘Grow Your Own’ Principal Program”. (University/P-12 Collaboration Model for School Leaders). AASA National Conference. San Antonio, Texas. February, 2023. *Co-presented.

“Stories of Servant Leadership in Action”. Kentucky Department of Education. January, 2023. (Virtual). *Co-presented.

Servant Leadership Roundtable. Regent University. September, 2022.

“Called to the Kingdom–Servant Leadership and EI in Cultivating Healthy Relationships”. India Gospel League. February, 2022. (virtual)

“Does Servant Leadership Really Work?” Kentucky Department of Education Ed Camp. January, 2022. (virtual)

“Let the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders Work for You: A Collaborative Book Project”. Midwest Education Research Association (MWERA) Annual Conference. Cincinnati, Ohio. October, 2021. *Co-presented.

”Greenleaf’s 10 Characteristics of Servant Leadership and the PSEL Standards”. Regent University Servant Leadership Roundtable. October, 2021. (virtual–panel discussion)

“Servant Leadership and Emotional Intelligence”. Kentucky Department of Education Ed Camp. January, 2021. (virtual)

Recent Articles Published:

“A Practitioner Approach to Modeling and Teaching Servant Leadership” (2023). Co-authored with Larry Spears. The International Journal of Servant Leadership (peer reviewed)

“Servant Leadership: Basic Propositions”. (2022). Kentucky Journal of Excellence in College Teaching and Learning, (contributing author, peer reviewed)

“RISE2 Deeper Learning Model: Real-world Innovations = Systemic Enduring Engagement Special Education in Rural Eastern Kentucky”. (2021). American Consortium for Equity in Education. (contributing research)

“My Servant Leadership Journey” (2020). The International Journal of Servant-Leadership. (peer reviewed)

Works in Progresswith contract: Book three with the KDE/UPPI group…Servant Leadership and School Safety (working title). Collection of true stories written by current and former principals and assistant principals.

Committees: CU President’s Advisory Teamservant leadership center project;  SOE CAEP Standard 5; SOE Webpage Team (chair); SOE Graduate Education Advisory Council; KDE/UPPI PLC Planning Team