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John L. Mancinelli

John L. Mancinelli

WSU Tri-Cities Field Services Director
Associate Professor, Career Track

WSU Tri-Cities
Floyd 207O

Curriculum Vita

John Mancinelli, Ed.D., holds 30 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in the public K-12 and University systems. He spent ten years as an instrumental music director and fourteen years as a building administrator in the K-12 schools.  Dr. Mancinelli then joined WSU as the Chief of Staff for two WSU Chancellors and faculty in the Educational Leadership and Teaching and Learning departments for the last seven years. He holds teaching and administration experience in rural and metropolitan environments with diverse populations and economic levels. Dr. Mancinelli’s depth and breadth of knowledge and skills in teaching and leadership provide his students with meaningful connections between theory and practice.

As a teacher, Dr. Mancinelli was known for developing strong programs of excellence where all students learned to work together, work hard, and achieve excellence. Dr. Mancinelli’s administrative leadership at High School, Middle School, and Elementary School reflected excellence through collaborative and authentic collaboration. In addition to leading in schools, he led district-wide departments, committees, and multiple district-level initiatives.

Dr. Mancinelli’s education began at Columbia Basin Community College and continued to Central Washington University to earn his Bachelor of Music Education degree. Next, he earned his Master of Science in Instrumental Music from Southern Oregon University, a Principal Certificate from Heritage University, and his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at Washington State University.

Dr. Mancinelli’s research interests center on the development of the principal, the development of teachers, and education policy as it relates to building academic capacity, sustainability, and resilience in teachers and principals. His service to the community, the college, and the state parallels his research interests. As the Field Services Director for WSU Tri-Cities, he partners with twenty-three school districts across one-third of Washington’s geographical space to make 300 to 350 teacher placements annually. Dr. Mancinelli teaches courses and serves on Masters and Doctoral committees. Dr. Mancinelli serves the Washington Counsel of Education Administrator Program as the Board Secretary.


Mathematics and Science Education Annual Retreat

math science phd retreat photo-story

Nothing beats face-to-face collaboration!

The Math and Science Ed Ph.D. program’s annual retreat is an investment that yields high returns.

Each fall, all students and faculty in the program hold an annual retreat on the Tri-Cities campus. While teleconferencing and other technologies allow all program members a chance to connect on a regular basis, this retreat gives a yearly chance to reconnect in a face-to-face environment.

Conversations and work at the retreat support future collaborations and often lead to joint publications and presentations. The retreat also provides opportunities for self-reflection and peer feedback, enhancement of the strong learning community that exists inside the program, and input on the content and focus of the program.

View photo gallery from 2015 retreat