John Dively | EAHE | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Education and Human Services

Dr. John Dively

Clinical Assistant Professor

John Dively

Phone: 618-453-6073
Office: 127D Pulliam Hall
475 Clocktower Dr, Mail Code: 4606
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

Dr. Dively earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern Illinois University, and taught high school social studies for two years before earning his Juris Doctor degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law. After five years of practice in various capacities, he returned to P-12 administration and earned a doctorate from Illinois State University.

Most recently, he served as an associate professor and chair of the department of Educational Leadership at Eastern Illinois. In addition, Dr. Dively has worked in various administrative capacities including principal at Carbondale Community High School and executive director of the Illinois Principals Association. He has taught a variety of courses related to P-12 Educational Leadership including School Law, Research Methods, Principalship, School Community Relations and Personnel.  Education Law--particularly First Amendment, Tort, and School Equity Funding are his primary interests.  Dr. Dively has been honored with awards by both the Eastern Illinois University Graduate School (50 Outstanding Graduate Alumni) and the Illinois State University College of Education (Hall of Fame).  As a presenter and consultant, he has assisted several Illinois districts with various issues, including reorganization initiatives. Dr. Dively joined EAHE September 1, 2014.  He is married to Dr. Ronda Leathers Dively, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition and Director of the Writing Program at SIU.