Barbara J. Phillips, PhD

Professor of Leadership

Chair, Department of Educational Leadership

College of Graduate and Innovative Programs

Dr. Phillips teaches courses such as Supervision and Improvement of Instruction, School Evaluation and Change Process, Teacher Leader Practicum, Curriculum Models in Early Childhood Education, Curriculum Theory into Practice, Organizational Change, and School District Improvement Using Data Analysis.

Her areas of research and expertise include data analysis and school improvement instructional, teacher leadership, the change process, common core state standards, reading and early childhood education. Before arriving to Concordia-Chicago, Phillips served as the assistant superintendent for instruction for Skokie District 68 and was a former principal at Hawthorn Elementary North.   


  • PhD, Educational Processes, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
  • ED.S. Superintendent's Endorsement, National-Louis University.
  • MA, Reading, Northeastern University, Chicago, Ill.
  • BA, Social Studies, North Park College, Chicago, Ill. 

Academic and Professional Highlights


  • "Learning Targets that Result in Increased Student Engagement." Joliet Diocesan Institute - October 6-7, 2016.


  • Tomal, D., Wilhite, R., Phillips, B., Sims, P., Gibson, N. (2015). Supervision and improvement of learning: Professional development strategies for teacher improvement. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.