Associate Professor of Educational Leadership

Biography

Myrna Gantner is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, having returned recently to full-time faculty status after serving eight years in the office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of West Georgia. Six of those eight years was as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, six months as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and 18 months as Associate Provost.

As Associate Provost, she served on the President’s Cabinet and assumed the Provost’s role in his absence, which included a period as Interim Provost in the latter half of 2016. As Associate Provost or AVP-AA, she led or co-led numerous campus initiatives related to student success and operational success. She provided oversight to the Office of Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness, worked with the Academic Affairs budget, led or co-led the implementation of software solutions such as the academic advising platform and Academic Affairs operations such as the academic calendar that involved collaborative partners across all divisions of the institution (i.e., Student Affairs, Business and Finance, University Advancement, and Information Technology and Services). She often assumed leadership of projects that required gaining cooperation and buy-in from highly capable, but frustrated and weary partners.

Today Dr. Gantner has returned to full-time faculty status and is once again teaching K-12 educators in the educational leadership programs, to include the doctoral program in school improvement. Her professional experiences and expertise add credence to her work with the preparation of emerging leaders. Although not all inclusive, those experiences include: faculty ranked administrator (i.e., Associate Provost, Interim Provost/VPAA, AVP-AA, Interim Department Chair, Director of P16 and School Collaboration), program evaluator, evaluation consultant, Alternative Dispute and Resolution Faculty Liaison, reviewer of National Science Foundation proposals, professional development provider to K-12 school systems, K-12 principal, high school teacher (chemistry and honors biology), and middle school teacher where she worked successfully with low income, minority students who spoke English as a second language in what was then the poorest zip code in the United States. Further, her status as a registered medical technologist, MT (ASCP), has supported her work in mathematics and science education, and the evaluation of teaching and learning systems in PK-12 and higher education environments.

Dr. Gantner holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at El Paso. Prior to her appointment at the University of West Georgia, she worked as an evaluation researcher with the El Paso Technology Innovation Challenge Grants at the University of Texas at El Paso, studying the impact of a master’s program in instructional technology on teacher practices and student learning.

Education / Degrees

  • B.S., Biology, University of Texas at El Paso, 1973
  • M.Ed., Educational Administration, University of Texas at El Paso, 1996
  • Ed.D., Leadership and Administration, University of Texas at El Paso, 2000
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Fall 2019 Sections

    • EDLE-6312 (Princ of Instructionl Leadrshp) Section: E01
    • EDLE-6312 (Princ of Instructionl Leadrshp) Section: E02
    • EDLE-8306 (Inst Leadership for Improving) Section: E01

    Summer 2019 Sections

    • EDLE-6312 (Princ of Instructionl Leadrshp) Section: E02
    • EDLE-6312 (Princ of Instructionl Leadrshp) Section: E01
    • EDLE-8304 (Ldshp for Org Change & Imp) Section: E01

    Spring 2019 Sections

    • EDLE-6312 (Princ of Instructionl Leadrshp) Section: E02
    • EDLE-6312 (Princ of Instructionl Leadrshp) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9933 (Leadership for Change) Section: E01

    Spring 2016 Sections

    • EDSI-9942 (Instr Lead tht Facilitates SI) Section: E01

    Spring 2015 Sections

    • EDSI-9942 (Instr Lead tht Facilitates SI) Section: E01
  • Publication List

    2004 Institutional Report, submitted for continuing accreditation to the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Standard 3 Field Experiences and Standard 4 Diversity written by M. Gantner.

    University of West Georgia, Complete College Georgia UWG Campus Plan Status Report (Technical Report)

    University of West Georgia Institutional STEM Excellence (Uwise) Evaluation Report 2014 (Technical Report)

    Huett, J., & Gantner, M. (2012). Seven key recommendations to advance online learning at traditional postsecondary institutions. In proceedings of the Distance Learning Administration Annual Conference Proceedings 2012, Jekyll Island, GA.

    Gantner, M. W., Jenkins, D. B., & Layton, K. (2006, Spring). Decision-makers' perceptions of hiring teachers certified through alternative pathways in Georgia. Georgia Educational Researcher, 4, Article 3, Retrieved December 7, 2006, from http://coefaculty