Joseph M. O'Keefe, S.J.
My research focuses on the ways that educational leaders create sustainable institutions that enhance the common good. Among the issues I investigate are: mission and identity, staffing, structure, and student access and retention. In particular, I have a long history of publishing and lecturing about religiously affiliated educational institutions in the USA and abroad. My work is both theoretical and empirical, using quantitative and qualitative methodologies in the latter. This year, I am conducting a study of faith-based schools in the USA, I am doing a follow-up study of my longitudinal project on inner-city Catholic elementary schools, and I am working with colleagues around the world to update The International Handbook of Catholic Education, which I published in 2007.
I bring an array of professional experiences to my scholarship: experience as a secondary school language teacher; ten years as a university administrator; professional development work with the National Catholic Educational Association as well as local districts, dioceses and schools; and membership on boards at elementary, secondary, and higher educational institutions. I teach in the educational leadership programs (Med and EdD) and the higher education program. Earlier this year Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed to a four-year term on the National Assessment Governing Board.