Dr. Daniel Eadens is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education. Before coming to UCF, Dr. Eadens was the assistant department chair, study abroad coordinator and tenured associate professor of educational leadership at Northern Arizona University. In his early career, he taught elementary school music, middle school special education math and science, and was a behavior specialist and school administrator at several Florida public schools. Dr. Eadens is a retired Army Reserve major with foreign service in Japan and Iraq. His research focuses on critical issues in education, such as school safety, social justice and school boards. He also co-edited the book Social Justice Instruction: Empowerment on the Chalkboard, and remains active in professional associations and his research. Dr. Eadens has published peer-reviewed journals, chapters, a book, book reviews, online professional publications, is an editor, and reviews for a half dozen professional journals.


Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
University of South Florida (Tampa campus)


Research Interests
  • School Safety
  • School Finance
  • School Boards
Current Funded Projects

PI: Eadens, D.W. NAU Faculty Grants Program
Title: Improving Education Systems: Policies, Organization, Management, and Leadership
Awarded: $10,964.00

PI: Eadens, D.W. NAU Provost’s Grant
Title of accepted paper or presentation: Administrators Promoting Inclusive Classrooms Through Universal Design. Primary Topic Area: Administration/Supervision. Secondary Topic Area: Measuring Special Education Teacher Effectiveness. Awarded

PI: Eadens, D.W. NAU Deans Travel Grant
Association for the Advancement of Educational Research International
2018 AAERI Conference


  • Exemplary Performer Rating performing in the Top 15% of all COE faculty at NAU
  • Recipient of the Hampton E. Williams Research Award at ASM
  • Recipient of the Jack Mulcahy Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation presented by The Association for the Advancement of Educational Research and The National Academy for Educational Research
  • Berbecker Fellowship/Doctoral Graduate Assistantship, USF
  • Fulbright, (FMF) Tskuba, Ibaraki Prefecture (Science City) Tokyo, Japan