​​​​​​​​John Gillham, Ed.D., Program Chair

John C. Gillham, Ed.D., has more than 25 years of experience in K-12 and higher education. 

For 18 years he served in both public and private schools as a Social Studies teacher and administrator. During this time, he also prepared teacher candidates for standardized teaching tests, which sparked his interest in teacher assessment. Prior to coming to Ohio, Dr. Gillham worked at the L. A. County Office of Education, the nation's largest regional education agency. Across Los Angeles County, he was a mentor, district leader, and coordinator of California's new Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program. As a School Improvement Coordinator at the Orange County Department of Education, Dr. Gillham coached Title One schools in Program Improvement under No Child Left Behind.


Dr. Gillham holds a Bachelor Degree in History from San Diego State University, a teaching credential from California State University Fullerton, and a Masters of Educational Administration from Pepperdine University.  He earned his doctorate (Ed.D) in the Organizational Leadership program at Pepperdine University, which was named one of the top 15 Organizational Leadership programs in the world by The Journal of Academic Excellence.


Prior to coming to the University of Findlay, Dr. Gillham taught in the Masters of Education Program at Concordia University Irvine and in the Teacher Education Program at Ohio Northern University.  While at Ohio Northern University Dr. Gillham also served as the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences which gave him primary responsibility for the academic programs of the eighteen departments and fifty majors in the college.  Students in the college awarded Dr. Gillham the Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award and the faculty elected him President Pro Tempore of the Faculty.


Dr. Gillham's research interests include the evaluation and assessment of teachers and teacher candidates and online doctoral programs. In his free time, Dr. Gillham enjoys running, cycling, traveling, reading, and spending time with his three teenage children.