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

Geesa, R., Elam, N., Mayes, R., & McConnell, K. (2018). School administrators’ perceptions on comprehensive school counseling (CSC) adherence and implementation. University Council for Educational Administration Annual Convention. Houston, TX.

Elam, N. & Finch, H. (2018). Examining the relationship between teacher performance ratings and district in Ohio. Mid-Western Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Cincinnati, OH.

Elam, N. (2018). Examining the legitimacy of principals’ primary concerns about the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System. Presentation at Eastern Educational Research Association Annual Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL.

Elam, N. (2017). Making the most of teacher evaluation. Indianagram, 19(10), 11.

Elam, N. (2017). The impact of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System on principals’ approaches and perceptions toward evaluation. Midwestern Symposium on Teacher Evaluation. University of Findlay: Findlay, OH.