Mike Dishman, J.D., Ed.D.
Professor of Education Policy & Governance
Dean of The Graduate College
2007 - Ed.D. (Vanderbilt)
1996 - J.D. (Mississippi)
1993 - B.A. (Mississippi)
Mike Dishman is a Professor of Education Policy & Governance, and serves as the Dean of The Graduate College at KSU. Professor Dishman’s career started in 1996, when he began providing legal representation to public school districts, with a particular emphasis on labor and employment issues in the educational context. Between 1996 and 2012, he served as an associate, of counsel, or partner in several education-focused law firms.
Concurrently with his legal practice, he served as an Assistant Professor of Education Law and Ethics at the University of Alaska (1998-2001) and an Associate Professor at Kennesaw State University (2005-2012). He served as coordinator of the master’s degree program in educational leadership (2009-11), and interim chair of the Department (2011-12). He was named chair of the Department after a national search in 2012. On October 1, 2014, he was named as the first Associate Dean of the University's Graduate College, which oversees all University graduate programs.
Since 2005, Professor Dishman co-authored six (6) books and a number of articles on education law, leadership and policy. In 2009, one of his books, Leading Schools During Crisis, a study of crisis behaviors by school administrators, was selected by the American Association of School Administrators as one of seven 2009 publications meriting an “author discussion session” at the 2010 National Conference on Education. He consults nationally on issues of education policy and law, is a frequently requested speaker on the topic at state, national, and international conferences.
Professor Dishman holds a juris doctorate from the University of Mississippi and a doctorate in education leadership and policy from Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. He was admitted by examination to the state bars of Mississippi, Alaska and Georgia. He serves on the editorial review board of the Peabody Journal of Education, the American Association of School Administrators’ publications review board, and is an education policy content reviewer for Rowman Littlefield publishers.