Scot Headley

Scot Headley, PhD


Doctor of Education Program


Scot Headley has taught at George Fox for more than 15 years. His PhD is in comprehensive vocational education, from Ohio State University. His MEd in guidance and counseling and BS in agriculture education are both from Colorado State University. He worked as a high school and community college teacher for 11 years in Aurora, Colo.

Scot and his wife Debbie have been married for more than 30 years. They have seven children and are members at North Valley Friends Church in Newberg. Scot serves on the Christian Education Committee at North Valley and as the co-clerk of the meeting. Debbie is a social activist and marathon racer.

Research Agenda

Headley's scholarly interests include internet-based teaching and learning and the professional development of educators.

Recent publications and presentations

Ashford, R. and Headley, S. (2009, January). How can Second Life serve needs of distant students? Presentation made at the EDUCAUSE Learning Institute. Orlando, FL.

Bartruff, B. and Headley, S. (2009). Using the community of inquiry model to evaluate online courses in teacher education. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2009 Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Zijdemans, A, Headley, S., and Ashford, R. (2009). Do Educators Need a Second Life?  Exploring possibilities for enriched technology-based distance learning. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2009. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Headley, S., Zijdemans, A. and Smith, J. (2008, November). Environmental and conceptual landscapes enhancing informal adult learning in Second Life. Poster session presented at E-Learn 2008 -- World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education. Las Vegas, NV.

Shelton, M., Headley, W. S. and Birky, V. (2008, May). Discernment in decision making: implications for leaders. Presentation made at the International Community of Christian Teacher Educators Conference, Gordon College: Wenham, MA.

McKay, S., Van Schie, J. & Headley, S. (2008). Embarking on an educational journey in Second Life. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (pp. 1762-1766). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Headley, W. Scot (2008). The academic preparation of educators in the K-12 schools of the Association of Christian Schools International. Private School Monitor, 29 (2) pp 1-10. 

Headley, S. (2008). Pre-service and in-service preparation of educators in ACSI schools.  In M. Enders (Ed.). 2007 Forum for Christian teacher educators: The role of Christian Higher Education with the K-12 Christian school-training the future generation of leaders.  (pp. 37-62). Colorado Springs, Co: Purposeful Design.

Shelton, M., Birky, V. D., & Headley, W. Scot. (2008). Encouraging teacher leaders. In W. K. Hoy & M. DiPaola (Eds.), Improving schools: Studies in leadership and culture: Vol. 7. Research and theory in educational leadership (7th ed., pp. 169-191). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Headley, S. & Cathers, S. (2007). Reflective community in a standards based world.  In J. Drexler (Ed.). Schools as community: Educational leadership, relationship and the eternal value of Christian schooling.  Colorado Springs, CO: Purposeful Design.

Shelton, M., Birky, G., & Headley, W. S. (2007, April).  Encouraging teachers to be leaders.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

McKay, S. and Headley, S. (2007) “Best Practices for the Use of Wikis in Teacher Education Programs”. Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Birky, V., Shelton, M. and Headley, S. (2006). “An Administrator’s Challenge: Encouraging Teachers to be Leaders”.  NASSP Bulletin, 90 (2) pp.1-15.