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Jami Royal Berry

  • Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy

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Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership in High Needs Schools
  • The Cohort Model of Instruction
  • Leadership Certification
  • Performance-Based Leadership Model

Research Interests

  • Leadership in High Needs Schools
  • Leadership for Indigenous Contexts
  • Performance-Based Leadership

Programs of Study


Jami Royal Berry is a clinical associate professor and a co-director of the UCEA Center for the International Study of Educational Leadership who received her doctor of philosophy degree from Georgia State University.

She has conducted numerous presentations on topics including leadership in high needs schools, leadership certification, the performance-based leadership model, principals' perceptions, individualized education plans, and leadership interns at conferences including AACTE, AERA, BELMAS, NADE, NZEALS, and UCEA.

Berry also was co-principal investigator for a $13.5 million dollar NET-Q grant and has received several smaller grants to continue her work with professional learning communities and the study of leadership for high needs schools in international settings.

Additionally, she has developed numerous educational leadership programs and served as a dissertation chairperson or committee member for over twenty doctoral students. Her graduates include local school leaders, system level leaders, and superintendents throughout Georgia and the United States.

Prior to her university service, Berry was a music teacher and elementary school administrator. She remains active in K-12 education through volunteering in schools and serving as a board member for several education organizations.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
Ph.D. Educational Policy Studies/Educational Leadership Georgia State University 2007
Ed.S. Administration and Supervision Georgia State University 2001
M.Ed. Administration and Supervision Georgia State University 1998
BME Music Education Morehead State University 1992

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2015 Exceptional Service to the Profession Georgia Educational Leadership Faculty Association/Georgia Association of Educational Leaders