Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Faculty and Staff Directory

Sullivan, Debra

Title/s:  Clinical Assistant Professor;
Assistant Director for Catholic School Leadership, Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education (GCCE)

Specialty Area: Principal Preparation

Office #:  Lewis Towers 601C, WTC

Phone: 312.915.6885


CV Link: Sullivan CV


Debra Sullivan holds a BA in History in Education from Whittier College, a MA in Educational Administration from Rosary College (now Dominican University) as well as an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University Chicago.  Dr. Sullivan worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago for 25 years. She began her career as a junior high history teacher at St. Philomena School near Humboldt Park.  Upon receiving her MA in Educational Administration, Dr. Sullivan moved into the role of principal, first at Our Lady of Mercy School in the Albany Park neighborhood and then at Northside Catholic Academy, a consolidated Catholic school sponsored by 6 parishes in the Edgewater, Andersonville and Rogers Park neighborhoods. Just prior to earning her EdD in Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Sullivan was recruited to move to the Office of Catholic Schools to serve as a Regional Director for the Archdiocese’s newly developed Turnaround Program.  Dr. Sullivan’s doctoral research focused on the implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in Catholic school settings.


  • EdD Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • MA Rosary College, Oak Park, IL
  • BA Whittier College,  Whittier, CA

Program Areas

  • Administration & Supervision

Research Interests

  • Professional Learning Communities in Catholic Schools 
  • Catholic school leadership development

Courses Taught

  • ELPS 407 Leading for Data-based Decision Making
  • ELPS 482 School Supervision for Principals
  • ELPS 483 Human and Fiscal Resources for Principals