Jami Royal Berry


Jami Royal Berry is a clinical associate professor and a co-director of the UCEA Center for the International Study of Educational Leadership who received her doctor of philosophy degree from Georgia State University.

She has conducted numerous presentations on topics including leadership in high needs schools, leadership certification, the performance-based leadership model, principals' perceptions, individualized education plans, and leadership interns at conferences including AACTE, AERA, BELMAS, NADE, NZEALS, and UCEA.

Berry also was co-principal investigator for a $13.5 million dollar NET-Q grant and has received several smaller grants to continue her work with professional learning communities and the study of leadership for high needs schools in international settings.

Additionally, she has developed numerous educational leadership programs and served as a dissertation chairperson or committee member for over twenty doctoral students. Her graduates include local school leaders, system level leaders, and superintendents throughout Georgia and the United States.

Prior to her university service, Berry was a music teacher and elementary school administrator. She remains active in K-12 education through volunteering in schools and serving as a board member for several education organizations.

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership in High Needs Schools
  • The Cohort Model of Instruction
  • Leadership Certification
  • Performance-Based Leadership Model


  • Leadership in High Needs Schools
  • Leadership for Indigenous Contexts
  • Performance-Based Leadership

Academic Affiliations


  •  Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies/Educational Leadership, 2007
    Georgia State University
  •  Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision, 2001
    Georgia State University
  •  M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision, 1998
    Georgia State University
  •  BME in Music Education, 1992
    Morehead State University


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Awards and Accolades

Exceptional Service to the Profession

Georgia Educational Leadership Faculty Association/Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, 2015