Advance Your Career with a Master's Degree

The Masters of Science in Transformational School Leadership is designed to meet the need for leaders in diverse educational settings, who will not only be effective administrators but also visionary leaders capable of creating highly-effective school cultures. The program promotes a collaborative approach to leadership that empowers stakeholders to attain individual and institutional goals. Upon completion, students are eligible for administrator certification in Michigan.



Student Success

Lisa Diebel

Lisa Diebel, '08

Why did you choose Madonna University? 
I chose Madonna University because it was close to home and it had an excellent reputation.

What do you think makes the experience and education at Madonna Special?
All of my professors were extremely dedicated and passionate professors. They truly cared about students, which included me the student and the students I would be entrusted with. The small class size was also a plus for personalized attention.

What have you been doing since graduation, career wise?

When I first graduated 11 years ago, I started working at Plymouth High School in their FCS department. I was there for seven years and then I moved over to East Middle School. I have been here for five years. Just recently I accepted a position at Ohio University as an associate lecturer and program coordinator. 

How has your Madonna degree played a role in your current position?
My Madonna degree has led me to a new challenge in my career. I will be lecturing and also responsible for growing a department.

What has been your most rewarding professional or personal experience since graduating?
My most rewarding experience is that I now will have the opportunity to be like the professors that so greatly inspired me. It is my turn to inspire the next generations of educators.

Faculty Bios

Les SharonProgram Director, Transformational School Leadership
Assistant Professor

B.S. Northern Michigan University 

M.A. Eastern Michigan University  

Ed. S. Wayne State University 

Ph.D. Eastern Michigan University


734-432-5334, Room 2230F

Les Sharon

Dr. Les Sharon is the Director of the Masters of Science in Transformational EducationalLeadership and the Director of Student Teaching. His professional background includesthirty-three years in K-12 education as a special education teacher, general education teacher,Reading Recovery teacher, and building principal. His work focuses on the formal preparation offuture educational leaders that will someday transform struggling schools into effective,high-achieving learning communities that meet the needs of all students. He received his Ph.Din Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University and holds endorsements inelementary and secondary administration, general education (K-8 all-subjects), and specialeducation including cognitively impaired and learning disabilities.

Dr. Sharon’s research interests include examining the role status functions play in schoolorganizations as they relate to curriculum enactment as well as role of language in effectiveschool leadership. He works closely with the Beijing Comparative Educational Institute and withcolleagues at the Xi’an University to provide educational opportunities for school leaders andteachers all over China. Dr. Sharon served as an adjunct professor before joining MadonnaUniversity full-time as an assistant professor.

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Stewart WoodAssociate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness

B.Ed. Bishop Grosseteste College 

M.Ed. University of Sheffield 

Ph.D. University of Michigan 


734-432-5645, 2002

Stewart Wood

Stewart Wood is the Associate Dean for University Assessment, Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness, Professor of Education, and Chair of the Faculty Professional Development Committee. Stewart joined the full-time faculty at Madonna University in 1994. He teaches Educational Research and Practice in the HEA program, drawing on his expertise in teaching and learning theory, educational psychology, lifelong learning, achievement motivation, and assessment. Dr. Wood is an active member of the American Educational Research Association and serves as a reviewer for the Lilly Conferences on College Teaching. Dr. Wood has served on numerous advisory boards and published articles in Phi Delta Kappa and the Journal of Early Adolescence. Stewart earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Michigan and M.Ed. from the University of Sheffield, U.K.

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Karen ObsniukDean, College of Education and Human Development

B.S. Wayne State University

M.A. Wayne State University

Ph.D. Wayne State University


734-432-5648, 2230D

Karen Obsniuk

Karen L. Obsniuk, Ph.D., is the Dean of the College of Education. She joined the faculty of Madonna University in 1996. Previously, she was an adjunct faculty, while working in K-12 schools as a teacher and school administrator. She completed her doctoral degree in Administration and Supervision, with a cognate in curriculum, and her M.A. in English Literature, at Wayne State University. She teaches in the areas of educational practice and action research.

Her interests include educational change, K-12 student behavior, literacy intervention with at-risk students, and quality of work life issues for teachers. Her research has been mixed methods research primarily with pre-service and in-service teachers, school administrators, and EL learners. She is actively engaged in the field of education through her work at the State and local levels, serving on State committees and a local board. 

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Sue Ann SharmaChair of Graduate Education

B.S. University of Michigan – Flint 

M.S. Oakland University 

Ed.S. Oakland University 

Ph.D. Oakland University 


734-432-5785, 2230G

Sue Ann Sharma

Sue Ann Sharma is Professor and Chair of Graduate Education at Madonna University. With extensive experience in education, including having served as a curriculum director, literacy coach, and elementary teacher. In addition to her academic leadership, Dr. Sharma is the Director of the Early Childhood Education and Graduate Literacy programs within the College of Education.

Passionate about educational excellence, Dr. Sharma is dedicated to preparing teachers to address the diverse needs of learners. Her commitment extends to developing instructional literacy leaders, contributing to the future of education. As an advocate for literacy, she has actively served on the International Reading Association's Literacy Reform Task Force and holds the position of Past President at the Michigan Reading Association.

Sharma's academic pursuits focus on early childhood education, culturally responsive pedagogies, digital curation, and online teaching and learning. Through her research, she aims to advance knowledge in these critical areas, contributing to the ongoing evolution of effective educational practices. A respected figure in academia, Dr. Sue Ann Sharma continues to inspire and shape the educational landscape, leaving an indelible mark through her leadership, research, and commitment to fostering excellence in teaching and learning.

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