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Searby, Linda

Linda SearbyClinical Associate Professor
Educational Leadership
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

College of Education
University of Florida
200C Norman Hall
PO Box 117049
Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: 352-273-4313
Fax: 352-846-2697

Research Biography

In her 14 years in higher education, Dr. Searby has researched and written on mentoring in several venues: mentoring faculty and administrators in higher education, mentoring new school administrators, mentoring graduate students, and mentoring best practices. However, her two main strands of research have been on the mentoring mindset and mentoring assistant principals. She has been awarded three grants to support this research. In April 2017, she was awarded the Auburn University College of Education Outstanding Faculty Award for Research. She has enjoyed collaborating with others in much of her research. She has collaborated with educational leadership colleagues in Illinois (her native state) as well as with colleagues in Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, and Canada. She is co-editor of the book, Best Practices in Mentoring for Teacher and Leader Development (2016). She is a senior co-editor for the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, as well as a co-editor for The Wiley-Blackwell International Handbook of Mentoring to be published in 2018. To date, she has one co-authored book, 11 book chapters or chapter contributions, a co-edited special issue of a journal, and produced 26 publications in national and international refereed journals as well as 6 publications in editor-reviewed journals, and 8 published conference proceedings. She has made 76 international, national, and regional refereed presentations, and 11 invited presentations.


Ph.D. in Educational Administration, 1999
Illinois State University

M.S. in Elementary Education, 1981
Eastern Illinois University

B.A. in Christian Education, 1974
Lincoln Christian University

Key Professional Appointments

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Florida, 2017 – Present

Associate Professor (tenured), Auburn University, 2012 – 2017

Associate Professor (tenured), University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2005 – 2011

Activities & Honors


Recipient of Auburn College of Education Faculty Research Award, 2016

Chair, International Mentoring Conference, Auburn, AL, 2015

Recipient of the Distinguished Paper Award in the Mentoring Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, 2014

Service Positions:

Member, Curriculum Committee, University of Florida, College of Education

Co-Editor, International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 2015 – present

Member, Executive Board of the International Mentoring Association, 2011 – present


Reames, E., Searby, L., Kensler, L., & Larkin, B. (2015). Turnaround school leadership preparation for rural Alabama schools (AU PACT). U.S. Department of Education, $4.1 million award; In partnership with the Alabama State Department of Education.

Searby, L. (2013). Auburn College of Education Seed Grant: The mentoring needs of assistant principals as instructional leaders.  $2,707.00

Selected Publications


Irby, B., Kochan, F., Searby, L., Boswell, J., & Garza, R. (2018, forthcoming). The Wiley-Blackwell international handbook of mentoring: Paradigms, practices, programs, and possibilities.

Searby, L., & Brondyk, S. (2016). Best practices in mentoring for teacher and leader development. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Selected Recent Publications:

Searby, L., Browne-Ferrigno, T., & Wang, C. (2017). Assistant principals: Their readiness as instructional leaders. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 16(3), 397-430.  doi:10.1080/15700763.2016.1197281

Searby, L. J., & Armstrong, D. E. (2016). Supporting the development and professional growth of middle space educational leaders through mentoring. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 5(3), 162-169. doi: 10.1108/IJMCE-06-2016-0054

Greer, J. L., Searby, L. J., & Thoma, S. J. (2015). Arrested development?: Comparing educational leadership students with national norms on moral reasoning. Educational Administration Quarterly, 51(4), 511-542. doi: 10.1177/0013161X4539807

Searby, L. J. (2014). The protégé mentoring mindset: A framework for consideration. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 3(3), 255-276. doi: 10.1108/IJMCE-04-2014-0012

Selected Links

Dr. Searby’s Curriculum Vitae