David DeJong

David DeJong

Assistant Professor



Phone: (605) 677-5801

Email: David.DeJong@usd.edu

Website: http://www.usd.edu/faculty-and-staff/David-DeJong


I am thrilled to serve at USD and hope to share my experiences as a teacher, principal, superintendent, graduate student, adjunct professor, fundraiser, volunteer, baseball umpire and coach locally, statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Teaching Interests:

Educational Leadership - School District Administration - School Community Relations - Theories of Educational Administration - Educational Leadership Simulations - Multicultural Seminar - Seminar in Educational Leadership - Human Resource Management

Research Interests:

My research agenda includes Educational Leadership, Innovations in PreK-12 Education, Mentoring, and Innovations in Technology for Teaching in PreK-20 Education.


  • Educational Leadership, University of Northern Iowa, 2012
  • Superintendency Preparation Certification, Educational Leadership, University of Northern Iowa, 2010
  • MA, Educational Leadership, Drake University, 2007
  • BA, Elementary Education and Middle Level Education, University of Northern Iowa, 2004


  • Double Robotic Grant: Enhancing the learning environment by providing access to those who may not have access otherwise, USD Center for Teaching and Learning. (2017 - 2018)
  • Double Robotics to promote accessibility in a hybrid doctoral program, Center for Teaching and Learning. Grant Role: Principal. (2017 - Present)


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • De Jong, David, and Campoli, Ayana. Curricular Coaches' Impact on Retention for Early-Career Elementary Teachers in the United States: Implications for Urban Schools. Vol. 2. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 2018. (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMCE-09-2017-0064)
  • Bartholomew, Mitch, and De Jong, David. Barriers to Implementing the Response to Intervention Framework in Secondary Schools: Interviews with Secondary Principals. Edited by Dr. Pamela Salazaar, 1-17. Las Vegas, NV: National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), 2017. (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0192636517743788 )
  • Webner, Steven, De Jong, David, Baron, Mark, and Campoli, Ayana. Public School Board Presidents' and Superintendents' Perceptions of the Characteristics of Effective Superintendents in a Midwestern State. Iss. 27.6. Served on Dr. Webner's committee, led the process of converting dissertation to manuscript and then corresponded with editors. Cedar Falls, Iowa: Journal of School Leadership, 2017.
  • De Jong, David, and von Fischer, Paul. The Relationship Between Teacher Perception of Principal Servant Leadership Behavior and Teacher Job Satisfaction in a Midwest State. Edited by Dr. Phill Bryant. Columbus, Georgia: Servant Leadership: Theory & Practice, 2017.
  • De Jong, David, Grundmeyer, Trent, and Chad, Anderson. Comparative Study of Elementary and Secondary Teacher Perceptions of Mobile Technology in Classrooms. Edited by Dr. David Parsons, 12-33. Vol. Led the process of converting dissertation to manuscript and then corresponded with editors, Iss. 10(3). Unitec: International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 2017. (DOI: https://doi.org/10.4018/ijmbl.2018010102 )
  • De Jong, David, Grundmeyer, Trent, and Yankey, Julie. Identifying and Addressing Themes of Job Dissatisfaction for Secondary Principals. Edited by Alma Harris - University of Bath, UK Michelle Jones - University of Bath, UK, 18. Vol. 37, Iss. 4. Led the process of major revisions and then corresponded with editors). London: School Leadership & Management, 2017. (DOI: 10.1080/13632434.2017.1338253)
  • De Jong, David, Curtin, Susan, Robinson, Derrick, Johnson, Stephen, Schaap, Ben, and Card, Karen. Division of Educational Leadership: Completed Dissertation Research Impacting the Midwest, 13. Vol. 1, Iss. May 2017. Vermillion, South Dakota: University of South Dakota School of Education, 2017.
  • Gough, Evan, De Jong, David A., Grundmeyer, Trent, and Baron, Mark. K-12 Teacher Perceptions Regarding the Flipped Classroom Model for Teaching and Learning. Edited by Thomas T. Liao, pp. 390-423. Vol. Volume 45, Iss. Issue 3. SAGE Publishing: Journal of Educational Technology Systems (ETS), 2017. (DOI: 10.1177/0047239516658444)
  • Yates, Shawn, and De Jong, David. Factors Influencing Rural Superintendent Tenure. Vol. Summer 2018. Arlington, VA: AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice.
  • De Jong, David, and Grundmeyer, Trent. Educational Leadership Simulations: Learning lessons from behind the curtain of educational leadership. In International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation (IJELP). Vol. 12, Iss. Spring 2018. Collected half of the data, wrote half of the manuscript, corresponded with editors. N/A: National Council of Professors in Educational Administration (NCPEA).

Awards and Honors:

  • Finalist for Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of South Dakota, 2018
  • USD School of Education Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching, USD School of Education, 2017
  • Finalist for USD School of Education Faculty Excellence Award for Service, USD School of Education, 2016


  • Curtin, Susan, De Jong, David, Robinson, Derrick. Telepresence robot: Come and see how you could use a telepresence robot in your classroom or school!. Presented at the #TIE18!, Sioux Falls, SD. (April 16, 2018)
  • De Jong, David, Spero, Ken, Johanek, Michael, Allen, James. Educational Leadership Simulations. Presented at the The Global Education Innovation (GEI) Festival , New York. (December 18, 2017)
  • Curtin, Susan, De Jong, David, Robinson, Derrick. Interactive Educational Leadership Simulations: Implications for principal preparation.".
  • Shudak, Nicholas, Mourlam, Daniel, De Jong, David, Baron, Mark. Re-envisioning the educational world of residency through candidate reflections. Presented at the American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting 2017, Pittsburg, PA. (November 2017)
  • De Jong, David. Experience an Educational Leadership Simulation: Academic Goal Setting. Presented at the Heartland Conference, Sioux Center, Iowa. (October 6, 2017)
  • De Jong, David, Curtin, Susan, Robinson, Derrick. Experience an Educational Leadership Simulation: Teaching Teams. Presented at the Heartland Conference, Sioux Center, Iowa. (October 6, 2017)
  • Curtin, Susan, De Jong, David, Robinson, Derrick. A Systematic Comparison of Research Methods Employed in Educational Leadership Journals from 2014 - 2016".
  • De Jong, David. Interactive Educational Leadership Simulations: A Researchers' Perspective on Comparing How School Leaders Respond to Teacher-to-Teacher Bullying Concerns.
  • De Jong, David. The Incredible Impact of Being Mentored and Mentoring Others. Presented at the Northwestern College Leadership Series, Orange City, Iowa. (June 9, 2017)
  • De Jong, David. Simulation: Bully Teacher. Presented at the USD Professional Development Center Monthly Meeting, Delzell 110. (March 1, 2017)
  • De Jong, David A.. Immersive Online Simulations: A Scalable, Innovative Tool to Promote Critical Conversations Around Leadership Decision-Making.. Presented at the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) Conference, Detroit, MI. (July 30, 2016)
  • De Jong, David. "Overview of CEEDAR partnership with South Dakota". Presented at the CEEDAR-IRIS Cross-State Convening: Enhancing Systems for Personnel Preparation, Washington DC. (June 23, 2016)