Thomas Bellamy, Ph.D.

Professor of Education and Founding Director, the Goodlad Institute

18115 Campus Way NE
Room: UW2-334
Box 358531
Bothell, WA 98011-8246
Phone: 425-352-3573
Fax: 425-352-5234

Academic Interests:

Dr. Bellamy's current scholarship addresses leadership and renewal in PK-12 schools, with a particular focus on teacher leadership and the school principalship.  As Director of the Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal, Dr. Bellamy also leads a variety of national efforts to support school-university partnerships that support simultaneous renewal in schools and the education of educators.   His experience includes public teaching; university positions as a teacher and principal educator, research center director, dean of education, and vice chancellor for academic affairs; and government experience as a member of the U. S. Department of Education's Senior Executive Service, including a time as the director of the federal Office of Special Education Programs.

Teaching Activities include:

B EDUC 501 - Inquiry in Education
B EDUC 504 - Organizational Change and School Reform
B EDUC 536 - Teacher Leadership
B EDUC 591 - Issues in Educational Policy (Cross listed with B POLST 586)
LEDE 510 - Personal Leadership for Schools
LEDE 520 - Leadership for Curriculum and Teaching

Other Professional Activities:

  • American Educational Research Association
  • National Network for Educational Renewal
  • Association of Washington School Principals
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Principal Investigator, Leaders for Teacher-Preparing Schools project, a $1.75 Million partnership between the University of Washington Bothell, the Institute for Educational Inquiry, and six national school districts.

Selected Awards and Honors:

2007 Selected to give the Walter Cocking Lecture to the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration

1990 Named Levitt Distinguished Professor of Education, Drake University

1986 Awarded the Faculty Excellence Award in Research and Scholarship by the Oregon State System of Higher Education.

1983 Awarded the Public Policy Fellowship in Mental Retardation by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., Foundation.

1979  Appointed to the President's Committee on Mental Retardation by President Carter.

1978  Named Educator of the Year by the National Association for Retarded Citizens.


Phillips Universitat, Marburg, Germany
(Psychology and German)

A.B. Davidson College, 1968 (Psychology and German)

M.A. University of Wisconsin, 1971 (Behavioral Disabilities)

Ph.D. University of Oregon, 1975 (Special Education)

Selected Recent Publications: 

Bellamy, G. T., Fulmer, C. L., Murphy, M. J., & Muth, R., (2007). Principal Accomplishments:  How school leaders succeed.  New York:  Teachers College Press.

O'Rourke, A., Provenzano, J., Bellamy, T., & Ballek, K. (2007).  Countdown to the principalship.  Larchmont, NY:  Eye on Education. 

Bellamy, G. T., Fulmer, C. L., Murphy, M. J., & Muth, R.,  (2006). Conceptual Foundations for Principal Leadership. In A. Danzig. K. Borman, B. Jones, & W. Wright (Eds.), Learner centered leadership:  Research, policy and practice.  Lawrence Erlbaum.

Bellamy, T. (1999).  Partnerships for innovation in urban schools and universities.  In I. Goldenberg, (Ed.), Urban education:  Possibilities, and challenges confronting colleges of education.  Miami:  Florida International University.

Bier, M., Foster, A., Bellamy, T., & Clark, R.  (in press). Professional development school principals:  Challenges, experiences, and craft knowledge.  School-University partnerships.

Bellamy, T., & Goodlad, J. (2008, April).  Continuity and change in pursuit of a democratic public mission for our schools.  Phi Delta Kappan, 89(8), 565-570.

Nessan, T., & Bellamy, T. (2008)  Instructional coaching as a leadership development pathway.  Washington State Kappan, 2(1), 14-17.

Bellamy, T., Fulmer, C., & Muth, R. (2007).  Five ideas for reframing the principalship.  Educational Leadership and Administration, 19, 57-74.

Muth, R., Bellamy, T., Fulmer, C., & Murphy, M. (2006).  The annual case:  Developing, organizing, using, and disseminating craft knowledge.  Educational Leadership and Administration, 18, 51-84.

Ballek, K., O'Rourke, A., Provenzano, J., Bellamy, T. (2005). Seven keys in cultivating principals and teacher leaders. Journal of Staff Development, 26(2), 42-29.

Bellamy, T., Crawford, L., Huber-Marshall, L., & Coulter, G. (2005). The fail-safe schools challenge: Leadership possibilities from high reliability organizations. Educational Administration Quarterly, 4(3), 383-412.