Nick Elam

Nick Elam

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

Curriculum Vitae


Room:TC 909

About Nick Elam

Dr. Nick Elam has served in a variety of roles in P-12 schools, including as a principal, assistant principal, athletic director, and teacher, at the elementary school, middle school, and high school levels, in diverse and rural settings. He joined the faculty at Ball State in 2017. Dr. Elam's research focuses on teacher evaluation systems, and the intersection of leadership and athletics.

Professional Experience

Dr. Elam is an Assistant Professor who teaches primarily in the principal preparation program. He also works with Ed.S. and Ed.D. students.


Miami University 2017
Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Culture, and Curriculum

Recent Research and Publications

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.

McConnell, K., Geesa, R., Mayes, R., & Elam, N. (2020). Improving school counselor efficacy through principal-counselor collaboration: A comprehensive literature review. Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 32(2), 133-155.

Elam, N. & Finch, W.H. (2020). Examining the relationship between teacher performance ratings and district under the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System. Journal of Education and Training Studies, 8(4), 41-49.

Geesa, R.L., Mulvihill, T.M., Elam, N.P., & Teeters, A.D. (2020). An international student teaching program in Germany: Partnering with the United States Department of Defense for innovative practices. In Baecher, L. (Ed.). (2020). Study-abroad in teacher education: Transformative learning at the global scale. Routledge Press.

Elam, N. (2020). Student teaching study abroad: Preparing standout teaching candidates. Indianagram, 22(2), 12.

Geesa, R.L., Quick, M.M., Elam, N.P., McDonald, K.M., Kim, J., & McPherson, A. (2020). Leading and supporting school counselors through evaluation systems: A national study. University Council for Educational Administration Annual Convention: held virtually.

Elam, N. (2019). Elam Ending goes to school: The concept's growth into the world of high school basketball. Presentation at Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Clinic, Columbus, OH.

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Doctoral Dissertatio 799 801 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Human Resource Devel 630 800 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
The School Principal 689 800 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
The School Principal 689 801 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE