associate professor and educational leadership program coordinator
My research focuses on investigating culturally responsive leadership practices and preparation programs in national and international contexts, and examining the historical role of parent and community activism in urban school reform. I am a member of the original US team of the International Successful School Principalship Project (ISSPP), a 15-nation study which has conducted cross national research on successful school leaders since 2002. I have published extensively on these topics in national and international journals and three books. Before entering academic life in 1999 I was a special education and reading teacher in Oregon and New York State, and an administrator with the New York City Board of Education where I directed professional and curriculum development on issues of diversity for teachers and school leaders in over 200 schools.
In addition to teaching leadership courses with an equity and social justice focus, I coordinate the Educational Leadership program area and our Ed.D. program for practicing administrators from throughout Massachusetts (PSAP). I am Boston College's principal investigator for the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), a national effort involving 55 institutions which aims to reform the education practice doctorate to focus on high impact problems of practice in local school districts.