Directory & Faculty Profiles

Jan Otter, PhD

Jan Otter lives in the beautiful mountains of northeast Georgia with her husband. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to become a teacher. She attended the University of North Georgia where she earned a B.S. in elementary education in 1979 and later an M.Ed. in 1982 in middle grades education. She earned an Ed.S. from the University of Georgia in 1994 and a Ph.D. from Clemson University in 2000, both in educational leadership. She taught at the elementary and middle school levels for a total of 17 years. She left the classroom to became an administrator serving as an elementary assistant principal, elementary principal, and district level administrator in Habersham County Schools, Georgia, until her retirement in 2008. She now stays busy as an educational consultant, a dissertation chair/committee member at the University of Phoenix, and a grandmother to two precious grandchildren, Lily and Ben. Her research interests include STEM education, math education, literacy education, gifted education, educational technology, K-12 curriculum and instruction, K-12 leadership, public school funding, mentoring doctoral students, and teaching online. She especially enjoys coaching doctoral students and editing dissertations.

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-


Associate Faculty
Dissertation Chair
Committee Member
Primary College or School: 
College of Doctoral Studies