Overview

Dr. Jennifer Friend joined ¥ in 2023. She is an inclusive and transformative educational leader with 30 years of professional experience in higher education and K-12 schools. Dr. Friend formerly served as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Education at Rockhurst University. Previous leadership roles at University of Missouri-Kansas City for Dr. Friend included Associate Dean in the School of Graduate Studies, Director of the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Preparing Future Faculty, and Educational Leadership programs, Interim Deputy Provost, and Interim Director for Assessment. Dr. Friend's professional experience in K-12 education involved positions as a middle school principal and secondary language arts teacher. As a tenured Professor of Education, Dr. Friend's teaching and research incorporated technology and arts-based inquiry to explore educational leadership, student voice, and issues of social justice and diversity in United States education.

Information

Academic Interests and Expertise

Education

University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)
2004
Ph.D. in Urban Leadership and Policy Studies in Education & Curriculum and
Instructional Leadership, 4.0 grade point average for doctoral coursework

1996
Master of Arts in Secondary Administration, Dean’s List

1992
Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education, Chancellor’s Award

Professional Certificates
2020, 2016, 2010
Faculty Certification in Online Teaching

2008
Diversity Curriculum Infusion Institute, UMKC Division of Diversity & Inclusion

Past Professional Licensure
Missouri Superintendent (K-12)
Kansas District School Administrator (K-12)
Kansas Building Leadership (PRK-12)
Kansas Building Administrator (7-12)
Kansas English Teacher (7-12)

Research Interests

• Educational Leadership and Teaching for Social Justice
• Student Voice and Urban Education
• Cultural Diversity and United States Education
• Video and Film Production as Post-Qualitative Research Methodology

Areas of Teaching Interest

• Data-Informed Instructional Leadership
• Educational Finance and Organizational Management
• Legal and Governmental Aspects of Education

Selected Doctoral Dissertation Committees - UMKC (Chaired):
Bullard, Jimmie. Culturally relevant pedagogy through African-centered methods in a Midwestern urban elementary school. Ed.D. in Educational Administration.

Casey, Amy C. The effects of a culturally responsive professional development series on the attitudes and beliefs of teachers of diverse students in a Missouri suburban school district. Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Educational Leadership, Policy & Foundations (ELPF) and Curriculum & Instructional Leadership (CIL).

DeGraff, Tricia L. Writing instruction in practice: An investigation into the experiences of beginning teachers. Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Educational Leadership, Policy & Foundations (ELPF) and Curriculum & Instructional Leadership (CIL).

DeVilbiss, J. Marlene. Narrative case studies exploring homelessness and education. Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Educational Leadership, Policy & Foundations (ELPF) and Curriculum & Instructional Leadership (CIL).

Greim, Robert D. You can play, but can you be yourself?: How LGBT and non-LGBT student-athletes perceive the climate of NCAA Division I athletic departments. Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration.

Johnson, Kimberly D. Invisible life in the academy: Understanding the workplace experiences of African American women staff in higher education. Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration.

Kohl, Andrew R. The impact of spending cuts on Missouri student achievement. Ed.D. in Educational Administration.

Mann, Lori M. Parental multi-meanings of school choice: A narrative, phenomenological case study. Ed.D. in Educational Administration.

Reno, Geoffrey. The effects of Positive Behavior Intervention Tier II supports on academic achievement among elementary students. Ed.D. in Educational Administration.

Strickland, R. Jayson. An exploratory qualitative study of the relationship between an educational leader’s emotional intelligence and effective teams. Ed.D. in Educational Administration.

Current Doctoral Dissertation Committees (Member):

Kelly, Colleen L. The EASS Framework:Change Intervention to Enhance Organizational Efficacy. UMKC Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy & Foundations (ELPF) and Public Affairs and Administration (PAA).

Oakley, Charles. Community members’ experiences with mandatory school segregation informing contemporary curricular interactions. UMKC Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instructional Leadership (CIL) and Educational Leadership, Policy & Foundations (ELPF).

Publications

BOOKS and BOOK CHAPTERS (Note: Student collaborators are italicized.)

Friend, J., Schlein, C., & Caruthers, L. (accepted/ under contract). Stories of school desegregation: Breaking ground to create a socially constructed online learning space. In Andrew Kemp, Joseph Flynn, and John Lupinacci, Eds., Emancipating Education: Considerations of Deferred Dreams and Visions for Change. (pp. TBA). Sense/ Brill.

Friend, J., Salvo-Eaton, J., Paquette, M., & Brown, E. (2020). Planning, implementing, and evaluating a campus-wide graduate writing initiative at an urban Midwestern university. In S. Madden & M. Eodice (Eds.), Learning from the Lived Experiences of Graduate Student Writers. Utah State University Press.

Caruthers, L., & Friend, J. (2016). Great expectations: What kids want from our urban public schools. Foreword by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Militello, M., & Friend, J. (Eds.). (2013). Principal 2.0: Technology and educational leadership. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Friend, J., & Friend, A. (2013). Generation X meets Generation Y: Reflections on technology and schooling. In M. Militello & J. Friend (Eds.), Principal 2.0: Technology and Educational Leadership. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Adams, A., & Friend, J. (2013). 50 ways to use your iPad: Applications for school principals, teachers, parents, and students. In M. Militello & J. Friend (Eds.), Principal 2.0: Technology and Educational Leadership. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Friend, J., Most, R., & McCrary, K. (2010). The impact of a professional development program to improve urban middle-level English language learner achievement. In D. Hough (Ed.), Research Supporting Middle Grades Practice. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Friend, J. (2007). Educational resilience in young adolescents. In D. Davis (Ed.), Resiliency  reconsidered: Deconstructing the policy implications of the resiliency movement. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. 

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS (Note: Student collaborators are italicized.)

Caruthers, L., Friend, J., & Schlein, C. (2021). School Desegregation as Multi-Generational Narratives of Afropessimism. Educational Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/00131946.2021.1971987

Poos, B., Caruthers, L., Friend, J., & Waddell, J. (2021). Experiencing the Civil Rights Movement together: How two schools bridged the racial and cultural divide. Multicultural Perspectives, 23.

Caruthers, L., Poos, B., & Friend, J. (2019). Transitory voices: The journey from urban high schools to an early college academy program. Urban Education, https://doi.org/10.1177/0042085919873695

Friend, J., Waddell, J., Poos, B., Caruthers, L., & DeGraff, T. (2017-2018). A narrative tale: Arts-integrated inquiry for mentoring teachers for social justice. National Forum of Education  Administration and Supervision Journal, 35(1, 2, 3), 10-47.

Reno, G., Friend, J., Caruthers, L., & Smith, D. (2017). Who’s getting targeted for behavioral  interventions?: Exploring the connections between school culture, positive behavior support, and elementary student achievement. The Journal of Negro Education, 86(4), 423-438.

Friend, J., & Caruthers, L. (2016, May). Documentary film: The next step in qualitative research to illuminate issues of social justice in urban education. International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research, 15(6), 33-47.

Friend, J., & Caruthers, L. (2015). Transforming the reform agenda: A framework for including student voice in urban school renewal. Journal of Urban Learning Teaching and Research, 11, 14-25.

Friend, J., & Militello, M. (2014). Lights, camera, action: Advancing learning, research, and program evaluation through video production in educational leadership preparation. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 10(2), 81-103.

Friend, J., &Watson, R. (2014). The changing landscape of principal preparation: An analysis of statewide longitudinal program component survey results. Education Leadership Review, 15(1), 34-51.

Caruthers, L., & Friend, J. (2014). Critical pedagogy in online environments as thirdspace: A narrative analysis of voices of candidates in educational preparatory programs. Educational Studies, (50)1,  8-35.

Friend, J., Riggs, J., & Kean, M. (2013). ‘Turnaround’ urban elementary schools: What administrators and teachers experienced while leading change. Southern Journal of Educational Administration, 1(2), 3-20.

Friend, J., & Caruthers, L. (2012, July-August). Reconstructing the cultural context of urban schools: Listening to the voices of high school students. Educational Studies, 48(4), 366-388.

Friend, J., Adams, A., & Curry, G. (2011). Breaking news: Utilizing video simulations to improve educational leaders’ public speaking skills. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 6(5),  234-249.

Militello, M., & Friend, J. (Guest Co-Editors). (2011). Journal of Research in Leadership Education: Special issue on preparing educational leaders to harness the power of advanced technologies, 6(5).

Davis, D., Friend, J., & Caruthers, L. (2010). The fear of color: Webb v. School District No. 90 in Johnson County, Kansas, 1949. American Educational History Journal, 37(2).

Friend, J., & Thompson, S. C. (2010, May). You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone: Politics and sustainability of middle grades reforms. Middle School Journal, 41(5), 4-11.

Friend, J., Caruthers, L., & McCarther, S. M. (2009). Re-living dangerous memories: Online journaling to interrogate spaces of “otherness" in an educational administration course at a Midwestern university. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 4(2), 1-29.

Friend, J., & Caruthers, L. (2009). Cognitive and affective reform in urban elementary schools: Listening to the voices of children. Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research AERA SIG 2009 Yearbook, 30-64.

Friend, J., &McCarther, S. M. (Guest Co-Editors). (2009, Spring). The Middle Grades Research Journal: Special Issue on English Language Learners, 4(1).

Friend, J., Most, R., & McCrary, K. (2009, Spring). The impact of a professional development program to improve urban middle-level English language learner achievement. The Middle Grades Research Journal, 4(1).

Friend, J., & González, J. C. (2009, January-February). Developing and maintaining a faculty writing group. Academe, 31-33.

Friend, J., & Degen, E. (2007). Middle-level reform: The introduction of advanced English and science courses. Journal of Advanced Academics, 18(2), 246-276.

Friend, J., Waddle, J., & Watson, R. (2007). Improving educational leadership preparation programs in Missouri: Sustainability of educational reform efforts through collaboration.National Council of Professors of Educational Administration Connexions Online Journal.

Friend, J. (2007). Single-gender public education and federal policy: Implications of gender-based school reforms in Philadelphia. American Educational History Journal, 34, 55-67.

Friend, J. (2006). Research on same-gender grouping in eighth-grade science classes. Research in Middle Level Education Online, 30(4).

BOOK REVIEWS / OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Ballenger, J., Cranston, J., Cravens, X., Friend, J., O’Doherty, A., Reardon, M., & Smith, A. (2016). Four ways to use digital video production in educational leadership preparation. UCEA Review, 57(2), 38-40.

Ballenger, J., Friend, J., Militello, M., & Nash, J. (2015). In focus: Supporting the development of educational leaders through video production. UCEA Review, 56(2), 21-22.

Friend, J. (2014, April 11). Book Review. Swarm intelligence: What nature teaches us about shaping creative leadership. By James Haywood Rolling, Jr. Teachers College Record.

Friend, J. (2013). UCEA 2012 Convention Film Festival dialogue: Three big ideas for utilizing video in educational leadership preparation programs. UCEA Review, 54(1), 43-44.

Militello, M., Friend, J., Hurley, R., & Mead, M. (2013) Preparing educational leaders to harness the power of advanced technologies: An introduction. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 6(5), 140-144.

Friend, J. (2007). Book Review.White teachers / diverse classrooms: A guide to building inclusive schools, promoting high expectations, and eliminating racism. By Julie Landsman and Chance W. Lewis. Educational Studies, 42(3), 292-298.

Friend, J. (2006, June). Book Review. Bringing Equity Back. By Janice Petrovich and Amy Stuart Wells. The Chronicle of Middle Level Education Research, 6(2), 3-4.

Professional Experience

ROCKHURST UNIVERSITY (Student enrollment = 3,600)

July 2019 – December 2022 Associate Provost, Academic Affairs
June 2018 – December 2022 Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
July 2017 – May 2018 Dean, College of Health and Human Services*
July 2017 – December 2022 Professor of Education

*Note: The transition from Dean of the College of Health andHuman Services to the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) resulted from a university-wide re-organization that included the formation of a new School of Education within CAS.

Primary duties as Rockhurst University Associate Provost include University Library, Faculty Development, Honors Program, Study Abroad, COVID Safety Planning, and Workforce Development:

Supervise university library operations and engage in regular meetings with Greenlease Library Director to discuss strategic goals and plans, staff supervision and hiring, and data related to library usage. Manage Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and support CETL Director with programming, facilities and resources planning, and campus-wide initiatives. Oversee Honors Program and meet regularly with Director to discuss program operations and improvements. Supervise Study Abroad Coordinator; develop and promote opportunities for students. Serve as Co-Chair of the Rockhurst University Pathways Task Force to plan academic-related strategies for instructional continuity and COVID-19 safety protocols. Represent the University as a member of
externalworkforce development groups such as the Mid-America Regional Council’s GradForce KC and G2U (Government to University).

Primary duties as Rockhurst University Dean include:

Lead curriculum and program development, assessment and accreditation activities for a total of 50 associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in education and social sciences, science and engineering, and the humanities. Complete annual reviews with feedback for faculty, and faculty tenure / promotion portfolio reviews and recommendations. Engage in recruitment,  development and evaluation of 90 full-time faculty and staff members and over 100 part-time instructors. Guide student recruitment activities, student success and belonging initiatives, and enrollment management. Develop annual budget and manage fiscal affairs for the College. Work with the Provost, Deans and faculty committees to develop policies and to monitor compliance. Engage in fundraising and grant writing activities in collaboration with the Advancement Office.
Represent the College to internal and external constituencies.

 

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY (Student enrollment = 16,000)

November 2013 – June 2017 Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies
August 2014 – June 2017 Director, Preparing Future Faculty Program
February – September 2015 Interim Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs
August 2014 – January 2015 Interim Director for Academic Assessment
August 2009 – May 2012 Director, Educational Leadership MA, EdS
August 2005 – June 2017 Assistant / Associate Professor with Tenure

Primary duties as UMKC Associate Dean include:

Administer the Interdisciplinary PhD program and monitor student progress toward degree completion for nearly 400 doctoral students in 26 different disciplines. Initiate and direct the campus-wide Graduate Student Writing Initiative. Supervise all School of Graduate Studies (SGS) staff. Work with the Dean and faculty committees to evaluate graduate programs in 10 academic units and to develop graduate education policies and to monitor compliance. Serve as the Graduate School representative on the University Assessment Committee, eLearningAction Committee, and the Higher Learning Commission Implementation Team. Advise the Dean on fundraising activities and budget matters affecting the central programs as identified in the SGS Strategic Plan.

Primary duties as UMKC Interim Deputy Provost include:

Participate in meetings of the Statewide Chief Academic Officers (CAOs), the University of Missouri (UM) System Chief Academic Officers (UMAOs), University Strategic Planning Executive Committee, UMKC Administrative Council and Dean’s Council. Collaborate with Student Affairs and other campus leaders to prepare annual UM System strategic funding requests; work with Chancellor and Interim Provost to prioritize and submit requests; work with Vice Chancellor of Finance andAdministration and project directors to manage $4 million in funding for strategic initiatives. Serve as the Academic Affairs representative on the campus Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, General Education Curriculum Committee, Academic Policy Development Advisory Task Force, Academic Amnesty Committee, Case Management Team, and the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching Advisory Board. Provide supervision for the Director of Academic Assessment, the Director of Undergraduate Research, the General Education Coordinator, the UM Faculty Scholars Program Director, and the Senior Executive Assistant to the Provost. Work with faculty, academic administrators, and Registrar to review and approve all new and revised undergraduate courses and programs using the
Courseleaf system.

Primary duties as UMKC Interim Director of Assessment include:

Lead university initiatives associated with developing high-quality assessment in academic and student affairs programs and work directly with units on assessment plan development,  implementation, and review to support student learning achievement. Lead implementation of the assessment plan for the general education program and operation of the RooWriter undergraduate writing diagnostic tool. Collaborate with Institutional Research to analyze and report student achievement test results and survey data. Prepare internal and external annual reports related to assessment. Chair the University Assessment Committee and supervise the RooWriter Coordinator and the Graduate Student Assistant for Assessment.

 

SHAWNEE MISSION SCHOOL DISTRICT (Student Enrollment = 30,000)

July 1996 – June 2005 Middle School Principal
August 1992 – June 1996 Secondary Language Arts Teacher

Primary duties and selected accomplishments:
• Hiring, Supervision, and Evaluation of 80 Teaching and Classified Staff
• Annual Budget (Operating & Capital) for Middle School of 700 Students
• English-Language-Learner (ELL) Program Supervisor
• Special Education Program Supervisor
• School Accreditation / School Improvement Action Planning
• School Safety and Crisis Prevention and Intervention Planning / Facilitator
• District Five-Year Strategic Planning Committee
• District Diversity Committee
• District Technology Planning Committee
• District Reading Strategies Committee
• District Alternate Placement Committee
• Cognitive Coaching, Covey’s Effective Habits & Adaptive Schools Facilitator
• “Project Respect” Bullying Prevention District-wide Program Development
• President, Shawnee Mission Administrator Association
• Teaching 7th and 8th grade English and Communication Arts Classes
• Intramural Activity Program Coordinator
• Advisory Program Coordinator
• Language Arts Curriculum Development and Writing Portfolio Project
• CAPS Career Advancement Program
• Teacher Summer Academy and Technology Instructor

Awards and Honors

Central Standard. (2014, February 27). KCUR radio program interview expert related to how  technology is changing the way we teach. Podcast available at: http://kcur.org/post/how-technology-changing-kansas-city-classrooms

Central Standard. (2013, September 10). KCUR radio program interview expert related to online education and distance learning. Podcast available at: http://kcur.org/post/online-courses-education-future

KCTV 5 Evening News. (2013, February 13). KCTV 5 television interview expert related to social media and education.

Excellence in Education Award. (2009, April). Presented at the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Banquet.

Volunteer of the Year Award. (2007, May). Presented at the Kauffman Foundation banquet by Scuola Vita Nuova charter school.

Your Kansas City. (2007, January 21). KSMO-TV 62 television interview guest related to Kansas City, Missouri School District reform to K-8 schools.

Grants

Project Director, “Home for All: A Framework Around Learning, Understanding and Educating on Critical DEI Issues.” 2022-2024 Hall Family Foundation. $100,000.

Project Co-Director, “Uncovering Landscape Narratives of School Desegregation: Kansas City Speaks.” 2021-22 Dean Young Pai Memorial Fund Award. $4,600.

Project Co-Director, “STEAM Studio Innovation Fest: Bringing KC Troost Youth Leaders Together to Build Our Future Community.”Missouri Campus Compact Institutional Grant, $1,000. Fall 2018.

Project Co-Director, “Rockhurst University STEAM Studio Pop-up Project.” McGee Foundation Grant, $50,000. June 2018.

Co-Director, “Writing Yourself into History: Performing Letters from Nazi Germany.” Missouri Humanities Council, $2,500. Summer 2017.

Project Co-Director, “Post-Doctoral Pipeline Program for STEM Faculty of Color.” Provost’s Strategic Funding Initiative, $250,000, 2016-2018.

Co-Investigator, “A Quest for Equal Educational Opportunities in Kansas City’s Desegregation Era: Listening to the Voices of African American Administrators, Teachers, and Students.” UMKC School of Education Dean’s Small Grant, $20,000, 2016-2017.

Project Director, “Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Career Preparation: Conversion to Online Program.” UMKC Online Grant, $30,000, 2015-2017.

Co-Principal Investigator / Project Director, “Coming to America: Stories of First and Second Generation Immigrant Latino/a and AsianYouth in a New Century.” University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Education, Dean’s Small Grant, $20,000, 2011-2012.

Co-Director, “Institute for Empowering Educational Leaders: Supporting Learning and Positive School Culture for Diverse Communities.” University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Education, Dean’s Small Grant, $5,000, 2011-2012.

Principal Investigator, “Research on Kansas City Turnaround Schools.” Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, $55,638, 2010-2011.

Project Director, “eLearning Grant: Redesign of Educational Administration Courses for Online Instruction.” University of Missouri System Grant, $23,000, 2010-2011.

Project Director, “Educational Leadership Preparatory Program Redesign: Missouri Professors of Educational Administration.” The Wallace Foundation, $34,000, 2008-2009.

Co-Principal Investigator, “Learners for Learning: Missouri Professors of Educational Administration.” The Wallace Foundation, $75,000, 2007-2008.

Areas of Service

American Educational Research Association (AERA) – Member since 2005

Division A: Administration, Organization, & Leadership
Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership (LTEL-SIG)
2013-2015 Elected Member-At-Large
2011-2013 Elected Secretary
Leadership for Social Justice (LSJ-SIG)
Urban Learning, Teaching and Research (ULTR-SIG)

Missouri Professors of Educational Administration (Member 2005-2017)

President, Board of Directors, 2008-09; President-Elect, 2007-08
Chair, Missouri Higher Education Evaluation Committee, 2008-09
Founder / Editor of Teaching to Lead statewide newsletter

Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) – Institutional Membership

Chair, Communications Committee

University Council of Educational Administration / LTEL-SIG Taskforce on Evaluating
Leadership Preparation Programs

2006-2016 Invited Membership; Secretary 2006-2008

Additional Information

SELECTED REFEREED PRESENTATIONS

Caruthers, L., Schlein, C., & Friend, J. (2022, April). Educational experiences of Anti-Blackness and Afropessimism. Paper presentation accepted for the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Friend, J., Caruthers, L., & Schlein, C. (2021, June). Kansas City Speaks: Partnering with community members to create an open educational website focused on stories of school integration and excellence. Poster / video presentation accepted for the Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education virtual conference.

Guler, N., Hicks, S., Spallo Mitchelson, J., Friend, J. (2021, March). Social justice in action: Mission-driven and student-centered educator preparation practices. Presentation accepted for the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education virtual conference.

Poos, B., Caruthers, L., Friend, J., & Waddell, J. (2019, November). Forging a new future: Urban and suburban youth exploring the Civil Rights Movement together. Paper presentation accepted for the Annual Conference of the National Association for Multicultural Education in Tucson, AZ.

Poos, B., Caruthers, L., Friend, J., & Waddell, J. (2018, November). Road tripping throughout the south: Midwestern urban and suburban youth exploring the Civil Rights Movement together. Paper presentation accepted for the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Studies Association, Greenville, South Carolina.

Johnson, K., & Friend, J. (2017, April). Invisible life in the academy: Experiences of African American women staff in higher education. Paper presentation accepted for the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Greim, R.,& Friend, J. (2017, April). Perceptions of climate of NCAA Division I athletic departments by LGBT and Non-LGBT student-athletes. Paper presentation accepted for the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Schlein, C., Friend, J., & Caruthers, L. (2017, April). Suppressed curriculum histories and emerging futures of desegregation: Experiences of African American educators and students. Paper presentation accepted for the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Friend, J., Caruthers, L., Schlein, C., & Underwood, E. (2016, November). Video and website construction with administrators, teachers, and students who experienced Kansas City’s desegregation era. Innovative session for the Annual Convention of the University Council for Educational Administration, Detroit, MI.

Caruthers, L., Friend, J., & Schlein, C. (2016, November). Reframing qualitative research through video and website design: A quest for love and learning for African American students and educators in Kansas City, Missouri. Paper presentation accepted for the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Studies Association, Seattle, WA. This submission was selected for the honor of “Reviewers’ Choice” designation in the conference program.

Poos, B., Caruthers, L., & Friend, J. (2016, November). Education under the gun: A narrative study of an innovative high school program and an undocumented student. Paper presentation accepted for the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Studies Association, Seattle, WA.

Caruthers, L., Smith, D., & Friend, J. (2015, December). “We are not Saved”: The Devaluing of Black Male Bodies in Urban High Schools. Paper presentation accepted for the Annual Conference of the American Educational Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Friend, J., & Caruthers, L. (2015, September). Documentary filmmaking as qualitative research and social justice instrument in the field of education. International Visual Methods Conference,  University of Brighton, United Kingdom.

Caruthers, L., Friend, J., Blanding, J., Harris, B., Casey, A., Hollingshead, C., & Yunker, R. (2015, May). The Voices of Doctoral Students: Use of Narrative as a Critical Pedagogical Stance in a Research Methods Course. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Wang, C. D., Wei, M., Friend, J., & Pecina, U. (February, 2015). Parent-child attachment, acculturation, and wellbeing of adolescents from immigrant families. Oral research presentation given at the 2015 American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Friend, J., & Militello, M. (2014, November). Video production in educational leadership preparation: Advancing learning, research, and program evaluation. IGNITE presentation accepted for presentation at the Annual Convention of the University Council for Educational Administration,  Washington, DC.

Friend, J., & Watson, R. (2013, November).Program design and delivery: Trends and graduate follow-up studies in Missouri. Paper presentation accepted for the Annual Convention of the University Council for Educational Administration, Indianapolis, IN.

Friend, J., Pecina, U.,Wang, D.C., & Wei, M. (2013, November). Coming to America: Stories of Latino/a & Asian youth. Paper presentation accepted for the Annual Convention of the University Council for Educational Administration, Indianapolis, IN.

Friend, J. (2012, August). America’s love affair with numbers: Social justice, urban schools, and  statistics related to the constructed ‘achievement gap’. Paper presentation at the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration Conference, Kansas City, Missouri.

Friend, J., Riggs, J., Kean, M. (2012, April). ‘Turnaround’ urban elementary schools: What administrators and teachers experienced while leading change. Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Friend, J., Adams, A., & Curry, G. (2011, November). Utilizing video simulations in educational leadership doctoral programs. Paper presentation at the Annual Convention of the University Council for Educational Administration, Pittsburgh, PA.

Friend, J., Caruthers, L., & Riggs, J. (2011, November). What teens love & hate about urban district and charter schools. Documentary Film Presentation for the Southern Regional Council on  Educational Administration Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Friend, J., Davis, D., Caruthers, L., & McCarther, S. M. (2010, March). Honoring voices of the past and present: Providing safe spaces for academic achievement in urban schools. Paper presentation for the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Friend, J., Caruthers, L., McCarther, S. M., & Davis, D. (2009, April). Cognitive and affective reform in urban elementary schools: Listening to the voices of children. Paper presentation for the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association SIG: Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, San Diego, CA.

Watson, R. L., Friend, J., & MacGregor, C. (2009). Collaborating and Development of a state-wide New School Leaders Mentoring Program. Paper presentation at 7th Annual Hawaii International  Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Friend, J., Caruthers, L., & McCarther, S. M. (2008, October). Online journaling to interrogate spaces of "otherness" in an educational leadership preparatory program at a Midwestern university. Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Studies Association, Savannah, GA.

Friend, J., Davis, D., Caruthers, L., & McCarther, S. M. (2008, October). I’ve known rivers: Connecting the educational experiences of ex-slaves to children in urban school settings. Paper presentation for the Annual Conference of the Midwest History of Education Society, Chicago, IL.

Black, W. R., Bathon, J., Friend, J., Hafner, M., & Watson, R. (2008, March). Program design and delivery: Trends in exemplary and conventional programs among states. Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association SIG: Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership, New York, NY.

Friend, J., & González, J. C. (2007, April). Scholarship, socialization, & survival: Experiences of assistant faculty in the development of a writing group. Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association – Division J, Chicago, IL.

Friend, J. (2006, October). Same-gender secondary education in the United States: An historical perspective. Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest History of Education Society, Chicago, IL.

Friend, J. (2006, April). Research on same-gender grouping in eighth-grade science classes. Roundtable paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association – Middle-Level Education Research SIG, San Francisco, CA.

Friend, J. (2006, March). Systems for budgetary management: “Old school” vs. charter school. Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Finance Association, Denver, CO.