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.

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

Mayes, R., Elam, N., Geesa, R., & McConnell, K. (2019). School administrators’ perceptions on school counselor evaluation: A national study. University Council for Educational Administration Annual Convention: New Orleans, LA.

Elam, N., Mayes, R., Geesa, R., & McConnell, K. (2019). School counselors’ perceptions on comprehensive school counseling (CSC) adherence and implementation. Journal of Educational Leadership in Action, 6(1).

Boyland, L. G., Geesa, R. L., Lowery, K. P., Quick, M. M., Mayes, R. D., Kim, J., Elam, N. P., & McDonald, K. M. (2019). Collaborative principal-school counselor preparation: National standards alignment. International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 14(1), 188-205.

Elam, N. (2019). Finding opportunities for teachers to lead: A win-win-win. Indianagram, 21(4), 6.