Linda Carrier

Associate Professor
Program Coordinator, Educational Leadership
Phone: (603) 535-2101
Office: Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Hyde Hall Rm 225, MSC 23, Plymouth, NH 03264


Over the course of her twenty-year public school career Dr. Carrier has been passionate about school improvement and the development of school leaders for 21st century schools. A veteran of the Massachusetts public school system Linda has worked in rural, suburban, and urban settings. She has served as a music teacher, middle school team leader, assistant principal, principal, and director of curriculum and instruction. She has presented at the NELMS annual conference, NASEP National Conference, National Form Forum for Rural Education Conference; and, has worked in school districts to train data teams on the data inquiry model for decision-making and improvement planning.

Degrees and Education

  • EdD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • MA, Westfield State University
  • BMus, University of Hartford

Research Interests

  • Instructional Leadership and School Turnaround
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies
  • Rural School Leadership
  • School Turnaround

Recent Select Publications

  • Carrier, L., & Whaland, M., (2017).  Left Behind by Policy: The influence of high stakes accountability policy on the development of data-based decision making practices in small rural schools.  The Rural Educator, 38 (3), 14-25.
  • Carrier, L. (2017). Keeping the Leadership in Instructional Leadership: Developing your practice. New York: Rutledge Publishing.
  • Carrier, L. (2014). Middle Level Leadership: When leaders lead for the level teachers and students thrive!, Midlines, 4 (3), New England League of Middle Schools.
  • Carrier, L. (2014).  If We Want to Really Improve Our Schools We Need To Make Leadership a Priority for Instructional Leaders.  The New Hampshire Journal of  Education, 17, 58-63
  • Carrier, L. (2013). Identity Crisis: Will the real instructional leaders please stand up?,
  • Midlines, 3(2), New England League of Middle Schools
  • Carrier, L., (2011). What is Instructional Leadership and What Does it Look Like in Practice? A multi-case study of elementary school principals that have lead schools from being identified as underperforming to performing. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

Recent Select Presentations

  • Carrier, L., (2017) Strengthening Rural Education Through Professional Networking. 2017 National Forum to Advance Rural Education, Columbus, OH, October 12-14.
  • Carrier, L., (2017) Keeping the Leadership in Instructional Leadership. New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) 36th Annual Conference, Providence, RI. March 2017.
  • Carrier, L., & Whaland, M., (2015) Developing School-wide Data Teams, National Rural Educators Association National Conference, St. Louis, MO, October 15-17.
  • Carrier, L. (2015).  But We’re Doing PLC’s… Aren’t We? New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) Annual Conference, Providence, RI, March 2015.
  • Carrier, L. (2014). Putting the Leadership Back into Instructional Leadership, National Association of Elementary School Principals Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, July 2014.
  • Carrier, L., (2013, April). Data Practices for Improving Student Achievement: Developing School-wide Data Teams. Presentation at the annual conference of the New England League of Middle Schools, Providence, RI

Associations, Boards, and Committees

  • American Educational Research Association
  • National Rural Educators Association
  • Rural Educational Leaders Network, Network Facilitator

Cluster Projects

  • The Rural Educational Leaders Network (Twitter: @RELNNH)
  • Evening Discussions on School District Leadership

Courses Taught

  • AD 5020 Staff Development and Evaluation
  • AD 5800 Practicum in Education Leadership: The Principalship
  • AD 5830 Educational Planning and Problem Solving
  • EP 7030 Transforming the Educational Agenda
  • EP 7040 Planning in Education and Human Services
  • EP 7210 Leading Curriculum to Transform Schools
  • EP 7300 The Superintendency and School District Leadership
  • EP 8025 Writing a Literature Review
  • EP 8060 Dissertation Seminar: Writing Proposal
  • Masters Level and CAGS Level Capstone Experiences
  • EdD Dissertation Committee Chair and Committee Member