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Dr. Robert V. Heffern
Associate Professor of Education

R. Heffern

Dr. Robert V. Heffern is a graduate of nearby Union College where he earned an A.B. with majors in history and political science.  He gained his teaching license and an M.A. in Ed. in secondary education and history from the University of Kentucky.  His Ed.D. in educational leadership was earned from the University of Virginia where his dissertation was A Study of the Perceptions of and Involvement in Public K-12 Education by Evangelical Protestant Clergy in a Virginia Community. 

Dr. Heffern served public school systems in Ohio, Virginia, and North Carolina for forty-one years.  He taught high school and middle school social studies, served as a building administrator in middle and elementary schools, and capped his administrative career as associate superintendent of a large and diverse combined city-county district in North Carolina.

Dr. Heffern holds memberships in a variety of professional organizations including AASA, KASA, ASCD, KAESP, and NAESP.  His research interests include the relationship between American faith groups and public education, public education finance equity, public school leadership models in the era of high stakes testing and school accountability, and school culture in relation to accountability. 

Dr. Heffern joined the faculty at The University of the Cumberlands in the fall of 2008.  He and his wife, Diane, live in Corbin and are the parents of four grown sons and grandparents of seven grandchildren.

Contact Information:
119 Andersen Building
University of the Cumberlands
7985 College Station Drive
Williamsburg, KY 40769
Phone: (606) 539-4525 or 1-800-343-1609 Ext 4525

Courses Taught

  • ADOL 641 School System Administration
  • EDOL 538 The Modern Secondary School
  • ADOL 665 Practicum: Educational Administration – Supervisor of Instruction
  • ADOL 667 Practicum: Educational Administration – Director of Pupil Personnel
  • ADOL 668 Practicum: Educational Administration – Director of Special Education
  • ADOL 669 Practicum: Educational Administration – Superintendent
  • ELSA 731 Educational Program Evaluation
  • ELSA 830 Internship in Educational Administration
  • ELCC 837 Strategic Planning and School Based Decision Making
  • ELCC 838 Selection, Evaluation, and Development of Instructional Staff