Peter R. Litchka, Ed.D.

Peter LitchkaAssociate Professor
Director of the Educational Leadership Program
Timonium Graduate Center, Suite 26D


Ed.D., Seton Hall University
M.Ed., Johns Hopkins University
B.A., State University of New York at Geneseo


Dr. Peter Litchka has been a professional educator since 1972 and during this time, he has been a high school social studies teacher and department chair, curriculum director, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and a superintendent of schools for two school districts.  Dr. Litchka has been with Loyola University Maryland since 2006.

Awards and Grants

2010 Special Persons’ Recognition (February 4, 2010). Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Ellicott City, Maryland.

Research Interests

  1. Stress and Leadership.
  2. School Leadership.
  3. Organizational Decision-Making.

Recent Publications

Books Authored

Calzi, F., Litchka, P. & Polka, W.(2014). Living on the Horns of Dilemmas: Superintendents, Politics, and Decision-Making. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Polka, W. & Litchka, P. (2008).  The dark side of leadership: Superintendents and the professional victim syndrome. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Articles and Chapters

Polka, W., Litchka, P., Calzi, F., Denig, S. and Mete, R. (2011). Superintendent decision-making and problem solving: Living on the horns of dilemmas. In B. Alford, G. Perreault, L. Zellner, & J. Ballenger (Eds.).  Blazing new trials: Preparing leaders to improve access and equity in today’s schools: The 2011 Yearbook of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, 93-108.

Denig, S., Polka, W., Litchka, P., Calzi, F. and Brigano, M. (2011). Problem-solving and decision-making: The ongoing influence of Wayne Hoy. In M. DiPaola & P. Forsyth (Eds.), Leading Research in Educational Administration. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 147-162).

Polka, W. & Litchka, P. (2007). Strategies for surviving the professional victim syndrome: perspectives from superintendents on navigating the political waves of contemporary leadership.  In L.K. Lemasters & R. Papa (Eds.), At the tipping point:  Navigating the course for the preparation of educational administrators: The 2007 Yearbook of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, 255-265.


Litchka, P. (2011). The leadership abilities of one principal in a high achieving, high poverty, urban school.  Educacja: Studia, Badania, Innowacje, 3(115), 40-49.

Litchka, P. (2011). A vision of excellence: Exemplary leadership practices of principals from high poverty, high achieving schools. Education Leadership Review, 12(2), 88-93.

Litchka, P. & Procaccini, J. (2011). Planning for school leadership: does gender matter?  International Society for Educational Planning 2011 Yearbook.

Polka W. & Litchka, P. (2010). Managing yourself and others for personal and organizational satisfaction and productivity: Critical components in contemporary leadership programs. NCPEA Education Review, 11(2), 100-111.

Babaoglan, E. & Litchka, P. (2010).  An examination of leadership competencies of school principals in Turkey and the United States. Education and Science, 35(158), 58-74.

Litchka, P., Fenzel, L. and Polka, W. (2009).  The stress process among school superintendents. International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 4(4), 1-7.

Davis, C., Litchka, P. and Polka, W. (2008). Female superintendents and the professional victim syndrome: Preparing current and aspiring superintendents to cope and succeed. The Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, 6(4), 293-310.

Litchka, P. (2007).  No leader left behind:  Planning to prepare effective educational leaders in this era of accountability. The Journal of the International Society for Educational Planning, 16(2), 44-52.


The Instructional Leadership Abilities of Middle School Principals in New York State, as Perceived by Principals and Teachers.

Professional Activities/Society Memberships

International Society for Educational Planning
National Council for Professors Educational Administration
New Your State Council of School Superintendents