McLeod, Scott

Scott McLeod J.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Leadership for Educational Organizations
  • Affiliate Faculty, Learning Design & Technology
  • School of Education & Human Development

Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on P-12 school technology leadership issues. He is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the only university center in the U.S. dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and is the co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He also is the co-creator of the 4 Shifts Protocol for lesson/unit redesign. Dr. McLeod has worked with hundreds of schools, districts, universities, and other organizations and has received numerous awards for his technology leadership work, including the 2016 Award for Outstanding Leadership from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Dr. McLeod was one of the pivotal figures in Iowa’s grass roots 1:1 computing movement, which has resulted in over 220 school districts providing their students with powerful learning devices. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at regional, state, national, and international conferences. He has written or edited 3 books and 170 articles and other publications.

Areas of Expertise

  • School leadership
  • School technology
  • Instructional redesign
  • Leadership development
  • Professional learning

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • J.D., University of Iowa
  • M.Ed., College of William and Mary
  • B.A., College of William and Mary


  • Digital Pedagogy Faculty Fellow, ThinqStudio, University of Colorado Denver, 2017-2018
  • Award for Outstanding Leadership, International Society for Technology Leadership in Education, 2016
  • Friend of the Association Award, School Administrators of Iowa, 2016
  • State Technology Leadership Award, Iowa Technology and Education Connection, 2013
  • Hanne Mawhinney Distinguished Service Award, University Council for Educational Administration, 2012
  • Visiting Canterbury Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2011
  • Education Innovator, Center for Digital Education / Converge, 2011
  • Emerging Leader Award, Phi Delta Kappa International, 2007
  • 20 to Watch, National School Boards Association, 2007


  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Colorado Association of School Executives
  • Consortium for School Networking
  • International Society for Technology in Education
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Phi Delta Kappa Education Honor Society