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Rod Blunck

Associate Clinical Professor, ALPS and Executive Educational Leadership

My story:

I am a career educator with almost three decades in public education. I enjoyed the serenity of growing up in Nebraska in the 1970’s. I am the second oldest in a family of four sons. I am a native of Nebraska and attended grade school and high​ school in the small town of Plainview, Nebraska. I earned my B.A.E. from Wayne State College, my master’s degree at Colorado State University and my doctorate through NOVA Southeastern University.

I have made a career committed to public education including teaching and administrative positions in Denver Public Schools with graduate school teaching appointments at the University of Phoenix, University of Denver and Adams State College as well as consulting roles in program evaluation and management of educational projects. I was appointed Superintendent of Schools of the School District 27J in May of 2006 following years of service to the Elizabeth C-1 School District as Superintendent of Schools, Adams 12 Five Star School District as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services and the Julesburg School District as Superintendent of Schools. My teaching experience was that of a special education teacher specializing in the education of ED students.

In 2006, I was awarded the Colorado Superintendent of the Year distinction for leadership of the Elizabeth C-1 School District. I have also been recognized for organizational excellence by the Colorado Performance Excellence Organization and was featured as a keynote speaker in their 2004 statewide conference. In 2005, the Elizabeth C-1 School District received the State Treasurer’s highest award for the fiscal integrity of our budget and the transparency of our budgeting process.

I am the father of one daughter, Megan, high school senior at Brighton High School. My wife, Julie, is retired.

My Students at the University of Colorado Denver

I am committed to offering high quality instruction that addresses the needs of the next generation of great educational leaders. While our program has high expectations of our students, it is balanced in the rewards of completing a program that thoroughly prepares you to actively engage the demands of 21st century educational systems. Upon completing our program, our students often comment that the journey was demanding, but very much worth it.

Classes I teach at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education & Human Development:

  • Principal/Administrator Licensing I—EDUC 5751
  • Principal/administrator Licensing II— EDUC 5752
  • Principal/Administrator Licensing III— EDUC 5753
  • Principal/Administrator Licensing IV— EDUC 5754
  • Executive Leadership - Strategic Human Capital— EDUC 7500
  • Executive Leadership - Strategic Organizational Management— EDUC 7510
  • Executive Leadership - Strategic System Improvement— EDUC 7520
  • Executive Leadership - Leadership Development— EDUC 7530

My research interests:

  • Emerging trends in educational leadership
  • Educational leadership preparatory programs
  • International leadership studies
  • Organizational measurements within a leadership context

My hobbies:

I enjoy spending time with and traveling with my family. I have recently learned to enjoy reading for pleasure. I enjoy golfing and, when none of those options are available, you will find me on my 2013 Harley Davidson Ultra-Classic riding the back roads of Colorado, the surrounding states and the nation.

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