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Paul KnowlesPaul Knowles

334 Merrill Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5766

207-581-2434 (Phone)
207-581-3120 (Fax)


University of Maine, EdD, 2005, Educational Leadership
University of Maine, CAS, 1999, Educational Leadership
University of Maine, MEd, 1989, Educational Leadership
University of Maine at Farmington, BS, Secondary English Education w/minor in History

Areas of Expertise:

LGBTQ Youth and Schools
Conducting Academic Audits in Schools
The marginalization of the school superintendent

Courses Taught:

  • EAD 560 – Functions and Theories of Educational Leadership Part I
  • EAD 563 – Individual Leadership: Problems, Paradoxes, and Possibilities
  • EAD 532 – Staff Development for Educational Leaders
  • EAD 650 – Leadership Studies
  • EAD 690 – Principal Internship
  • EAD 691 – Internship in Educational Leadership
  • EAD 630 – School Finance and Business Management
  • EAD 654 – Educational Policy Formulation and Analysis
  • EAD 562 – Group Leadership and Decision Making in Schools
  • EAD 648 – Advanced Leadership


  • Conducting an Academic Audit: One schools district’s discovery of students’ real classroom experiences and how the findings might enhance them in The School Administrator, November 2010
  • Maine High School’s Silent, Hidden Minority: Gay and Lesbian Students in The Journal of Maine Education, Spring 2006
  • Gay, Lesbian Students: Silent Minority in Maine in the Bangor Daily News, July 2005
  • Doctoral dissertation: Constructing The Experiences of Gay and Lesbian High School Students in Maine, May 2005
  • A Celebration of Maine Children’s Books, co-authored with Lynn Plourde, published by the University of Maine Press in 1998. This book includes 180 of the best Maine children’s books with bibliographic information, book summaries, learning activities, and author/illustrator information.

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