William Henk
William Henk, Ed.D.Marquette University

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America

Dean Emeritus


Degrees Held

  • Ed.D., West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 1982
  • M.A., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, PA, 1976
  • B.S., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, PA, 1975

Research Interests

  • Affective influences on literacy including reader and writer self-perceptions, motivation, and attitudes
  • Middle level literacy instruction and assessment
  • Neuropsychology and reading

Recent Publications and Presentations


Henk, W. A., Wepner, S. B., Lovell, S. E., & Melnick (2017). Education deans’ beliefs
about essential ways of thinking, being, and acting: A national survey. Journal of
Higher Education Management, 32 (1), 195-213.


Wepner, S. B., Henk, W., & Lovell, S. (2015). Developing deans as effective leaders for
today’s changing educational landscape. Journal of Higher Education Management.
30(1), 51-64.


Wepner, S. B., Johnson, V. C., Henk, W. A., & Lovell, S. (2014) The importance of
academic deans' interpersonal/negotiating skills as leaders. Perspectives: Policy and
Practice in Higher Education. 18(4), 124-130.


Henk, W. A., & Maney, J. A. (September, 2013). Higher Education Working Together to Help Catholic Schools: The Greater Milwaukee Catholic Education Consortium. Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice: http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgiarticle=1779&context=ce

Henk, W. A., Melnick, S. A., & Marinak, B. A. (2012/13). Measuring the reader self-perceptions of adolescents: Introducing the RSPS2. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 56(4), 311-320.

“Developing Deans’ Interpersonal/Negotiating Skills as Leaders, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Orlando, FL, March 1, 2013. Paper Co-author, presentation made by S. Wepner, V. Clark Johnson, & S. Lovell.


Henk, W. A., McKenna, M. C., and Conradi, K. (2011). Developing affective Instrumentation. In Duke, N. K., & Mallette, M. H. (Eds.) Literacy research methods (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.


Professional Presentations

“Education Deans:  Thinking, Being, Acting and Lasting.”  Paper presented at the annual  meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Baltimore, MD, March 1, 2018.   Paper Co-Author with S. Wepner. 

“What Ways of Thinking, Being, and Acting Do Education Deans Regard as Most Important?  A Follow-Up National Survey.”  American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Tampa, FL, March 1, 2017.  Paper Co-Author with S. Lovell, S. Wepner, and R. Anderson. 

“Teacher Education and Cradle to Career.” American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Las Vegas, NV, February 25, 2016, With N. Zimpher, L. Daniel, and K. Kelly. 

Additional Information

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