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College of Education

Gordon Gates


Gordon Gates


Educational Leadership
Spokane campus
Center for Clinical Research and Simulation 223
Spokane, wa  99210-1495


Curriculum Vitae

Research interests

My research focuses on leadership practices and processes as suffused with and constituted by emotion work. I am particularly interested in stress and coping with conflict and change in institutions of learning. Currently, I am investigating how educators adapt to reform with the goal of understanding organizational reliability and the resilience of leaders in managing uncertainty, preventing mishaps, and improving safety.

Teaching/professional interests

Dr. Gates teaches Social Foundations of Education, Dissertation Preparation, Introduction to Qualitative Research, Philosophy of Education, Research Methods, Educational Statistics. He has also conducted program evaluations for school districts in Washington State, Texas, California, and New Jersey.

Recent accomplishments

  • Marcynski. J., & Gates, G. (in press). Women secondary principals in Texas 1998 and 2011: Movement toward equity. Journal of Educational Administration.
  • Gates, G., & Vesneski, S. (2012). School district labor conflict and frame analysis: A field study of contentious bargaining. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 15(1), 49-78.
  • Gates, G., & Dean, E. (2012). Washington State elementary teachers’ stress: The importance of occupational commitment. In G. Gates, M. Wolverton, W. Gmelch, & C. Schwarzer (Series Eds.) & R. Lambert, C. McCarthy, & A. Ullrich (Vol. Eds.), Research on stress and coping in education: Vol. 7. International perspectives on teacher stress. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.
  • Gates, G., & Watkins, M. (2010). The place of autonomy in school community: Taking a closer look at teacher collaboration. Journal of School Leadership, 20(3), 272-303.
  • Gates, G., & Robinson, S. (2009). Delving into teacher collaboration: Untangling problems and solutions for leadership. NASSP Bulletin, 93(3), 145-165.
  • Kingrey, J., Furman, G., & Gates, G. (2008). Leaders as Learners Project: Creating Leadership Capacity in Support of Equitable Student Learning. Stuart Foundation, San Francisco, California, ($250,000).

Educational background

  • Ph.D. Educational Administration, Washington State University, 1996.
  • M.A. Educational Administration, Washington State University, 1993.
  • B.A. Sociology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 1990.
Washington State University