Julie Kunselman - Studer Education Research and Development Leader Coach


Research and Development & Leader Coach

An educator for more than twenty years before joining Studer Education, Julie began her career as a high school math teacher through Teach For America before becoming a university professor and administrator. At the University of West Florida, Julie served as an associate professor and assistant and associate dean. In 2007, she returned home to Northern Kentucky University where she served as professor and department chair. In this role, she lead 28 full-time faculty and 800 majors across five academic programs, including a NASPAA accredited master of public administration and the university’s only online major, Organizational Leadership. Julie’s experience at both UWF and NKU includes SACS reaffirmation, academic program reviews and development, course and curriculum development, and leading faculty and student development initiatives. She taught courses in data analysis, research, policy, program evaluation, organizational theory, leadership and administration.

Julie began at Studer Education in 2012, where she leads our survey research team, working with Studer Education coaching partners and with mentors and student teachers in our TeacherReady Online Certification program. The survey team helps our partners gather stakeholder feedback and coaches around the the most significant part of survey research: using the results as a starting point for conversations with their colleagues. These conversations set the stage for improvement. Since she first began, her role has evolved as new and talented colleagues have joined the team. She spends most days engaged in conversations or on campus with leaders in our higher education partner organizations. These leaders care deeply about the people they work with and serve. The are dedicated to providing growth and development opportunities for employees and life opportunities for students.

It is interesting to think about what landed me on the trajectory to education and leadership. I am not sure it was one pivotal moment, but a series of moments and experiences beginning as a young person. One of the first, for example, involved me being “banned” from playing a sport because girls were not allowed to play the sport during that time in that country. Another, not long after, is one where I was able to lead a conversation with an adult to change a decision and outcome for my teammates. These experiences shaped the trajectory while all the time grounding it in social justice. Now many decades later, I am fortunate to have learned from these lived experiences and others’ reflections about them, as well as complementary research, to see the important lessons learned; and that these lessons learned connect to my past and current work: relationships, skilled communication, and doing purposeful work that makes a difference.

Transitioning to this coaching role with partners is a great pleasure and has been a great learning experience for me. It has helped me grow as an educator and leader; too, it has helped me re-shape my lens to focus on what is important – practicing and living the Nine Principles for Organizational Excellence.



Ph.D. Urban and Public Affairs | University of Louisville
M.P.A. Public Administration | University of Louisville
B.S. Mathematics | Gannon University


Higher Education Coaching, Continuous Improvement, Strategic Planning, Performance Improvement, Program Evaluation, Higher Education Accreditation, Research Methods, Data Analysis, Applied Research


Evidence-Based Leadership, Nine Principles for Organizational Excellence


Joined Studer Education Team
University Administration
University Professor (Assistant, Association, & Full-time)
University Adjunct Professor & Graduate Research Assistant
Community & Technical College Adjunct Instructor
Middle & High School Mathematics Teacher


Julie has authored or co-authored 3 textbooks and more than 25 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the areas of public policy, public administration (policing), and pedagogy. Select publications include:

Leadership and administrative discretion: Rohr’s Ethics for Bureaucrats revisited.
Public Personnel Management, 2006

Macro and Micro Issues. A chapter for Controversial Issues in Research Methods
Anderson Publishing, 2004

Mentoring in academia: A commitment that facilitates professional development.
Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 2003

Broadening the education experience: Findings from a K-12 and Higher Education service learning pilot project.
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 2003

Reinventing Government: The Views of Police Middle Managers
Police Quarterly, 2000