Richard Ackerman

Richard AckermanProfessor of Educational Leadership

332 Merrill Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5749

Bio: Richard Ackerman is professor of educational leadership with the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development. His research interests include leadership formation, school organization, and professional development.

Ed.D. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
M.Ed. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
M.S.Ed, Bank Street College of Education
B.A. in Anthropology, University of Wisconsin

Sample publications


  • Ackerman, R. H., & Mackenzie, S. V., Eds. (2007). Uncovering teacher leadership: Essays and voices from the field. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
  • Ackerman, R.H., & Maslin-Ostrowski, P. (2002). The Wounded Leader: How Real Leadership Emerges in Times of Crisis. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Inc.
  • Ackerman, R.H., Donaldson, G.A., Van der Bogert, B. (1996). Making Sense as a School Leader: Persisting Questions, Creative Opportunities. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Ackerman, R.H. and Van der Bogert, B., co-editors-in-chief (1996-99), New Directions for School Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Inc.

Journal Articles

  • Ackerman, R., L. Ventimiglia & M. Juchniewicz The Meaning of Mentoring: Notes on a Context for Learning. In The Second International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Administration. (Krieger Publishing 2002).
  • Ackerman, R. & Maslin-Ostroswski, P.(2004). The Wounded Leader, Educational Leadership, April 2004.
  • Ackerman, R. (2000). On being wounded: Implications for school leaders, Journal of Educational Administration.

Book chapters

  • Ackerman, R. H., Donaldson, G. A., Jr., Mackenzie, S. V., & Marnik, G. (2011). Leadership learning that makes a difference in schools: Pushing the frontier at the University of Maine.In Macbeath and Townsend, Eds. International Handbook on Leadership For Learning. Springer.
  • Ackerman, R.H. (2007). Leading from the Back.  In Ackerman and Mackenzie, Eds. Uncovering Teacher Leadership: Essays and voices from the field. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. 383-384. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. 383-384.
  • Maslin-Ostrowski, P., & Ackerman, R. (2004, 1998). Case story. In M. W. Galbraith (Ed.), Adult learning methods: A guide for effective instruction. (3rd ed., 2nd ed.), (pp. 297-310).Malabar, FL: Krieger Publishing Company.
  • Ackerman, R. (2002). The Meaning of Mentoring: Notes on a Context for Learning. In The Second International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Administration. Part Two (1133-1161). Dordrecht, The Netherlands. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Maslin-Ostrowski, P. & Ackerman, R.  (2004). Case Story. Sage Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration.