Sara Dexter

Associate Professor; Senior Associate Director, UCEA; Program Coordinator

  • Ed.D., University of Saint Thomas, 1997
  • M.Ed., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 1990
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, 1986

Sara Dexter is an associate professor of education with expertise in technology leadership. Dr. Dexter’s experience in administration at the school district level brings a unique perspective to the Administration and Supervision faculty concerning the systemic implementation and integration of technology at the district, school, and classroom level. Her first-hand experience in designing and implementing professional development on the instructional use of technology for a public school district in Minnesota is reflected in her passion for bringing awareness, understanding, cohesion, and research to the exciting nature of technology leadership.

Dr. Dexter’s primary research interests lie in exploring the relationship between educational leadership, technology leadership, and resource management. She has an extensive background in the development of case-based learning environments for both aspiring teachers and school administrators. A current, federally funded grant supports the development, implementation and research of web-based, interactive cases for the development of pre-service administrators’ decision-making skills. Her research incorporates decision-making skills at multiple levels of leadership regarding technology implementation.

Through her courses, she guides school leaders in strategically designing systems in which students needs might be best served by the leadership structures used for implementation of technology in schools. An integral part of her instruction includes facilitating the process of honing school leaders’ skills to discern how to tackle technology implementation through the collaborative utilization of human resources and the use of available technology within their schools. Based on her innovative research in technology leadership, she is the 2009 recipient of the University Council for Educational Administration’s Jack A. Culbertson Award, presented annually to outstanding junior professor of educational administration, in recognition of her contributions to the field.


Research Interests

Technology leadership, integration, and implementation in K-12 schools.

Case-based learning environments.