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Linda K. Purrington, Ed.D.

Linda K. Purrington, Ed.D.


Contact Information

Phone: (949) 223-2568
School: Graduate School of Education and Pyschology
Location: Irvine

Areas of Expertise

  • Education leadership
  • Culturally proficient leadership
  • Second language acquisition
  • Participatory action research

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Dr. Linda Purrington serves as the academic chair for the doctoral program in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy (ELAP). She teaches courses in personal leadership, organizational leadership, cultural proficiency, leading learning, and participatory action research; and she currently serves as Co-President of the California Association for Professors of Educational Administration (CAPEA).

Dr. Purrington worked for 21 years in K-12 education as a district office coordinator for state and federal programs, a grant writer, an elementary principal, an elementary assistant principal and a bilingual-cross cultural specialist classroom teacher. As a past director for Pepperdine's Educational Leadership Academy, she taught courses in personal leadership, instructional leadership, organizational change and field experience.


Ed.D., Pepperdine University

M.A., California State University, Fullerton

B.A., California State University, Fullerton


  • Purrington, L. & Sparks, P. (2015). "Organization development in public school systems." T.G. Cummings & C.G. Worley (Ed.) Organization Development and Change, (10th ed). (pp. 693-702). Stamford, Connecticut: Cengage Learning.
  • Dell’Olio, F., Jones, A., Jindra, S., Jungwirth, L., Lindsey, D., Lindsey, R., Mirci, P., Purrington, L., Moore-Steward, T., Thomas, C., Ward, C., Winkelman, P., & Wise, D. (2014). "Promoting equity and excellence in educational leader preparation." CAPEA Journal, 24, 1-21.
  • Purrington, L. & Sparks, P. (2009). "Organization development in school systems." T.G. Cummings & C.G. Worley (Ed.) Organization Development and Change, (9th ed).  (pp. 659-667). Stamford, Connecticut: Cengage Learning
  • Hiatt-Michael, D. & Purrington, L. (2007). "Reaching out from the classroom to families." Diana Hiatt-Michael (Ed.) Promising Practices for Teachers to Engage Families of English Language Learners, (pp. 43-60). Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishers, Inc.