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Cheryl Burleigh, Ed.D.

Dr. Cheryl Burleigh is an advocate for educational change and awareness, empowering educators and administrators to support positive transformation within school systems. Dr. Burleigh is a Research Fellow for the Center for Professional Responsibility in Education. She has more than 25 years of experience in the field of education as a middle and high school educator and administrator both internationally and in the San Francisco Bay area. Dr. Burleigh had the privilege to serve in this capacity in public, private, and charter schools. Dr. Burleigh spent a total six years overseas as an Assistant Head of Schools at the Luanda International School, Luanda, Angola and Curriculum and IB Director for the American International School, Lagos, Nigeria. In the San Francisco Bay Area, she held various administrative positions ranging from Dean of Student Services to Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs. For the University of Phoenix, she facilitates a variety of courses in the sciences, humanities, and education. Dr. Burleigh serves as a UoPX dissertation committee member and teaches at the doctoral level. Dr. Burleigh’s expertise is in the area of curriculum development, leadership, and educator decision-making. Her academic research interests include ethical decision making, education law, empowering females students in STEM, Next Generation Science Standards, curriculum, school leadership, education equity and LGBTQ issues, comparative education, authoethnography, and mixed methods research. Dr. Burleigh has been a presenter of science education curriculum and practices and educational leadership for school programs and administrators, state teacher associations, national and international conferences, and on behalf of NASA. She has won numerous grants and awards for curriculum and leadership development in science education including the BP A+ for Energy Award. Dr. Burleigh recently completed a series of observational studies of international education practices of underprivileged students.

Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
Blog Posts Published


American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-


Research Fellow
Associate Faculty
Certified Advanced Facilitator
Dissertation Chair
Committee Member
Faculty Area Chair
Primary College or School: 
College of Doctoral Studies