Fran Serenka

Director, School Administration & Supervision Program, Clinical Associate Professor
School of Education
Foundations and Leadership

312 Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5274


Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Duquesne University, 2009
M.Ed., Educational Administration and Supervision, Duquesne University, 1998
B.A. Political Science and Psychology, minor in Philosophy, Duquesne University, 1980

Dr. Fran Serenka is a leading practitioner-scholar in the areas of education leadership, administration, and supervision.  She directs the Educational Administration and Supervision Programs preparing principals, supervisors, and superintendents for their work in schools.

She is a member of the Pennsylvania Leadership Development Center offering professional development for educational leaders in the areas of customized learning, innovation, and collaboration helping organizations implement the most effective leadership practices.  

Dr. Serenka has presented in a variety of local, state, and national forums on strategic planning, program funding, and creating school cultures of excellence.  Education law, policy, finance, and a continuum of care and support for students are her areas of expertise.  

Her research interests include leadership, resiliency and social/emotional wellness for students and school communities.  Dr. Serenka remains active in the PK-12 schools and community by teaching and supervising internships and practicum experiences for program participants in collaboration with practicing educational leaders and practitioners.  She also collaborates with school and district leaders nationally to remain current in practice.    


Masters Level Courses
Collaboration for Curricular Excellence
Strategic Pupil Services Resource Management
Independent Study
Advanced Theories and Strategies in Curriculum, Instruction, and Digital Learning
Supervision and Performance Evaluation of the Teaching/Learning System
Pupil Personnel Administration and Restorative Practices
Middle Level School Practice, Organization, and Personalized Learning
Secondary School Administration and Practice and Finance
Orientation to Educational Leadership & Practice for Improvement
Principal Field Experience II
Administration and Practice
Supervisory Field Experience II
Supervisory Practice
Superintendent Letter of Eligibility District Level Leadership Field Experience and Internship
Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Commissioned Competencies

Undergraduate Courses
Content Knowledge and Pedagogy for PreK - 4 Social Studies
Level Three Practicum and Seminar in Science and Social Studies