Jessica Hanna, Ed.D.
Adult & Continuing Education
Since entering the professional workforce in 2005, I have gained valuable experience in both corporate business and higher education. My skills include a trifecta of education, business, and technology; highlighted with an expertise in leadership and statistical analysis.
Doctor of Education, Leadership Studies
Attended: 2012 - 2015
Major: Community College Administration
Dissertation: The quality of education leadership doctoral dissertations in the United States: An empirical review
Award: Excellence in Scholarship Award 2015 from the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration (SRCEA)
Master of Business Administration
Attended: 2004 - 2006
Bachelor of Business Administration
Attended: 1999 - 2003
Major: Management Information Systems (MIS)
Quantitative and Qualitative Research
Professional Experience 2005 - Present
South Charleston, West Virginia
2012 - Present
During my time at Marshall, I have served as a graduate assistant, part-time faculty, and currently as full-time, tenure-track faculty. I am also the Coordinator of the Career & Technical Center Teaching program, a joint faculty member in the Master of Arts in Leadership Specialist program, and one of the website designers/editors for the the College of Education and Professional Development.
Leadership Studies/Adult & Continuing Education
2015 - Present
As a tenure-track professor, I am assigned to the Adult & Continuing Education (ACE) Department, as well as, a joint faculty member for the Leadership Studies (LS) Department. Within the LS Department, I teach in the Leadership Specialist Master's Degree Program. This fully online program has earned the "Military Friendly" endorsement. If interested, you can view my instructor's video for the Human Resource Management Course.
In the ACE Department, I serve as the Program Coordinator for the Career & Technical Center Teaching major in the master's degree program. As one of two faculty members in the department, I am extremely dedicated to seeing all students succeed. Since joining the ACE faculty in 2015, we have converted the program from face-to-face to an online, asynchronous format. The only synchronous component was the portfolio defense, which used to be conducted via video conferencing software (student's choice). We have finished switching this defense to asynchronous and will be writing a paper on the conversion process.
Leadership Studies/Adult & Continuing Education
2013 - 2015
While I was a doctoral student and a graduate assistant, I was approached about adding another opportunity--teaching one to two courses a semester. I had taught at the undergraduate-level, but I jumped at this chance to add graduate-level teaching to my skill set. As a part-time faculty member, I was able to design, build, and teach ATE 550 (Human Relations in the Workplace), LS 690 (Leadership Capstone), and ATE 628 (Adult Instruction Environmental and Personal Perspectives).
2012 - 2015
As a "GA," my duties included assisting faculty with research projects, building and maintaining the doctoral program's website, helping to build the College of Education and Professional Development's website, and designing online courses. I also had the opportunity to co-teach EDF 517 (Statistics), and develop learning modules for online professional development courses.
Central Ohio Technical College
2010 - 2012
I started teaching at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) as a part-time faculty member after deciding to make a career change from business to education. My first course as a post-secondary marketing course offered to high-school seniors. The following term, I began teaching business and computer courses to undergraduate students on the Newark, Ohio and Pataskala, Ohio campuses and online. The courses I taught included: Principles of Business, Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing, Team Building, and Principles of Computing. Most of the time, I was expected to design and build the courses I taught.
American Electric Power
2005 - 2010
I began working at American Electric Power (AEP) in the middle of my MBA program. I joined the company as a contractor in the engineering group and was hired on as a permanent employee one year later in the contracts group.
2006 - 2010
As a Contract Administrator I negotiated, wrote, and amended construction contracts with various vendors for the "Generation" segment of the company. In addition, I was the liaison to the IT Department, and in charge of creating/maintaining the vendor performance and diversity supplier databases using Microsoft Access and VB.NET. Working with IT and document control, I helped design the document management system implemented throughout the entire company.
2005 - 2006
As an Engineering Technician, I served dual functions. I provided direct technology support for my assigned engineers and acted as a liaison by smoothing the communications between the engineers and the vendors. In addition, I also worked directly with a document control partner to maintain 24/7 access to various documents related to "stack" construction and retrofit projects.
Presentations & Peer-Reviewed Publications 2013 - Present
Hanna, J. (2019). Homegrown literacy: A case study of literacy initiatives in a rural Ohio town. Paper to be presented at the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration conference in Fort Myers, FL.
Hanna, J. (2019). Overview of literacy initiatives. Invited Guest Speaker at the Annual Board meeting of the Fairfield Literacy Council in Lancaster, OH.
Early, S. & Hanna, J. (2017). Revelations from a resident assistant mentoring study: Misalignment on mentoring. NASPA SI PCK Winter Newsletter, 2(3), pp. 1-4
Early, S. & Hanna, J. (2017). Fostering leadership in online environments. Webinar for NASPA. Presented November 6, 2017 at 2pm. View at: https://olc.naspa.org/catalog/fostering-leadership-in-online-environments
Hanna, J. & Cunningham, M. (2017). Ed.D. & Ph.D. programs in education leadership in the southern region of the United States: Twins or kissing cousins? Southeast Journal of Educational Administration, 17(1)
Cunningham, M., Damron, E., & Hanna, J. (2017). Education reform in West Virginia and the effect of district takeover. Article in the copy- editing process: Southeast Journal of Educational Administration, 17(1)
Hanna, J. (2016). Bibliometric methods: Can they be applied to Educational Leadership? Roundtable presentation at the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration conference in Charleston, West Virginia.
Hanna, J. (2015). The quality of education leadership doctoral dissertations in the United States: An empirical review. (Doctoral Dissertation). ProQuest Digital Dissertations. (UMI 3742189).
Hanna, J. (2015). The quality of education leadership doctoral dissertations in the United States: An empirical review. Paper presented at the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration conference in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Cunningham, M. & Hanna, J. (2014). Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs in educational leadership in the southern region of the United States: Twins or kissing cousins? Paper presented at the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Cunningham, M., Damron, E., & Hanna, J. (2013). The effect of district takeover. Paper presented at the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.