Director of Research and Evaluation
Organization: McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University
Michael B. Abel, Ph.D. is the Director of Research and Evaluation at the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University where he designs and implements original research studies regarding administrative practice in early childhood programs. His research interests include adult learning cohorts, the administrator’s influence on program quality and organizational climate, instructional leadership, the career trajectory of quality rating assessors, and leading family engagement initiatives. His education includes an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Educational Leadership Policy and Foundations, an M.A. in Educational Administration, and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education. He served in a number of capacities with the National Association for the Education of Young Children including Missouri President, accreditation peer reviewer of 2-year college programs, NAEYC Affiliate Council Executive Committee, and is a candidate for the NAEYC Governing Board.