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Dianne F. Olivier, Ph. D.

Coordinator of the Ed.D. Program;
Associate Professor

Office: Picard Center, Room 255
Office Telephone Number: (337) 482-5264
Email Address: dolivier@louisiana.edu
Courses I teach:

  • ​EDLD 810 Leadership Theory and Practice         
  • EDLD 812 Supervision in Educational Settings    
  • EDLD 830 Foundations of Curriculum Theory and Design 
  • EDLD 840 Change Theory 
  • EDLD 841  Organizational Development of Learning Communities 
  • EDLD 842 Culture, Climate, and Change Leadership 
  • EDLD 871 Advanced Writing Research 
  • EDLD 875  Culture, Change, and Climate in Higher Education 
  • EDLD 875 Leadership Theory and Practice in Higher Education 
  • EDLD 875 Special Topics in Educational Leadership       
  • EDLD 880 Research Practicum 
  • EDLD 900 Doctoral Dissertation Seminar I 
  • EDLD 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research and Dissertation      
  • EDLD 500 Vision and Leadership          
  • EDLD 507 Internship
  • ​EDFL 106 Introduction to Education      
  • EDFL 456 Classroom Assessment

Dianne F. Olivier, Ph. D., is an Associate Professor in Educational Foundations and Leadership at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Dr. Olivier is serving as Interim Department Head for EDFL during the 2014-15 fall and spring sessions. She teaches doctoral educational leadership and research courses and serves as the Facilitator for the Ed. D. program. She currently holds the Joan D. and Alexander S. Haig/BORSF Endowed Professorship in Education. Dr. Olivier is a Jackson Scholar Mentor for minority doctoral students through the University Council for Educational Administration and received the University Outstanding Doctoral Mentor Award for 2014. Prior to the university level, Dr. Olivier served thirty-four years in public education with twenty-six of those years as a district administrator. She uses her former K-12 administrative experiences to work throughout the U. S. with principals, central office personnel, and teacher leaders in her role as an educational consultant with the Learning-Centered Leadership Program for the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).  She is a certified SREB trainer for several leadership modules including Coaching for School Improvement and Creating High-Performing School Cultures. Dr. Olivier’s research focuses on professional learning communities, educational leadership, change process, school culture, and teacher self- and collective efficacy. She has developed several assessment measures relating to these research interests which are used on both a national and international level. Dr. Olivier has authored and coauthored several chapters and articles on professional learning communities and school leadership. Her work in the area of professional learning communities has transitioned from the domestic national level to participation as a member of a Global PLC Network researching the PLC process from a global perspective.

Comprehensive Curriculum Vitae

Educational Background:
​Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Louisiana State University
M.S. in Guidance and Counseling from University of Southwestern Louisiana
M.S. in Secondary Education from University of Southwestern Louisiana
B.S. in Health, Physical Education, & Recreation from University of Southwestern Louisiana

Dissertation: Teacher Personal and School Culture Characteristics in Effective Schools: Toward a Model of a Professional Learning Community