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Lemuel Watson

SIY Certified Teacher


  • Columbia, SC, USA

Languages Offered

  • English


Lemuel W. Watson is **Dean of the School of Education and Provost Professor at Indiana University Bloomington. **His immediate past position wasExecutive Director for the Center for Innovation in Higher Education and the former Dean of the College of the College of Education at the University of South Carolina and Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies. Dr. Watson was also the former Executive Director of the Center for P–20 Engagement and Dean of the College of Education at Northern Illinois University.  Lemuel W. Watson is a seasoned executive and his career spans across various industries, which include educational, non-profit organizations, private, and entrepreneurship/small businesses. His expertise is in Talent Management, Systems Design, Diversity, Policy Analysis, Research Design, and Leadership. His current research interests are mindful leadership and talent management to enhance work and learning environments.

Dr. Watson is engaged in the greater community as a personal and professional advocate through membership on several arts, community, educational, and professional boards. As a fundraiser, he has been instrumental in the development of naming opportunities for clinics, lecture series, faculty grants, and scholarships for students. He has experiences in leading fund-raising efforts with both non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education.

Throughout his career, Lemuel W. Watson has emphasized the need to value diversity as a means to understanding our world and to enhance our understanding of ourselves. He has been recognized as a scholar and researcher on issues of underrepresented groups through speaking invitations and through publications over the last three decades. He has worked as a consultant on public policy and talent management issues around the world in such countries as Aruba, China, Korea, Belarus, Poland, Kenya, Ukraine, Georgia, Malawi, and the Philippines.

Watson completed his undergraduate degree in business from the University of South Carolina, a master’s degree from Ball State University, and his doctorate from Indiana University in Bloomington. He is a Certified Master Coach by the Behavioral Coaching Institute of Sydney, Australia and a Certified Trainer through the Center for Entrepreneurial Resources at Ball State University at Muncie, Indiana. In addition, he is a Certified Systems Engineer by Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS) of Plano, Texas. He was awarded the U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist (EPS) Fellowship by the International Research and Exchanges Board to conduct research on the impact of the Georgia Institute of Public Affairs. Dr. Watson was a Senior Research Fellow at the C. Houston Center at Clemson University and Research Fellow at the Institute for Southern Studies at University of South Carolina. He is a Fulbright Scholar to Belarus and has written articles, books, and served as editor for several volumes related to organizational behavior, educational leadership and administration, human development, public policy, K-12 issues, and higher education.