Program Faculty

Full and Part-Time Teaching Faculty

Jay Heffron

John M. Heffron

Professor of Educational History and Culture, Graduate School, Soka University of America; author of Leadership for Development: What Globalization Demands of Leaders Seeking Change and “Toward a Cybernetic Pedagogy: The Cognitive Revolution and the Classroom, 1948 - Present," Educational Theory.

Rosemary Papa

Rosemary Papa

Rosemary Papa is the Comparative & International Professor of Education and Leadership. Formerly a professor of educational leadership at Northern Arizona University, where she held The Del and Jewell Lewis Endowed Chair in Learning Centered Leadership. Not  long  ago,  she  and  Fenwick  English  in  affiliation  with  the International  Council  of  Professors  of Educational  Leadership  founded  Educational  Leaders Without Borders (ELWB), the mission of which is “the  establishment  of  a  global  network  of educational scholars who have chosen to work on behalf of all children going to school. Our main objective is all children have a right to go to school.” Winning the 2015 AERA SIG Research on Women Willystine Goodsell Award for her work on a wide range of leadership issues affecting women and social justice, Dr. Papa is not only an accomplished scholar, but has travelled the world extensively as a consultant to schools and universities in China, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Cypress, Greece, Italy, Portugal, England, Scotland, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and Turkey. Her recent books include the forthcoming 2020 Springer Handbook on  Promoting Social  Justice  in  Education, which  is international in scope; the 2017 Finding Her in History: Confronting the Traditions of Misogyny, an international study of gendered poverty and the role education plays; the 2017 Building for a Sustainable Future in Our Schools: Brick by Brick, an international perspective on the critical role of educators in sustainable development and the relationship between humans and our earth; and her 2016 Social   Justice   Instruction:   Empowerment   on   the   Chalkboard, which offers   an international palette of strategies for teaching social justice concepts preschool to college. Other relevant publications include with Fenwick English her 2016 Educational Leaders  Without Borders: Rising to Global Challenges to Educate All, which extends the concept of education as a human right to propose lasting solutions to educational disparities worldwide.

Karen Jackson

Karen Moran Jackson

Karen Moran Jackson is Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology and Assessment. Her work centers on the intersection between adolescence development, multicultural research methodologies, and policy analysis.  She conducts research in two main areas: the role of research methodology in social and policy change and the development of adolescent attitudes and interests in spaces that have traditionally marginalized adolescents of color. She comes to Soka University after working as a research associate at the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA) at The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in quantitative analysis and research methods. Dr. Jackson graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a PhD from the Department of Educational Psychology and a Portfolio in Applied Statistical Modeling from the Department of Statistics and Data Science. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a middle school science teacher in California and Texas.

 

2017 Visiting Distinguished Practitioners

Deborah Meier

Deborah Meier

Deborah Meier is currently a senior scholar at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education She has spent more than four decades working in public education as a teacher, principal, writer, advocate, and ranks among the most acclaimed leaders of the school reform movement in the U.S. After starting her work as an early childhood teacher, Meier founded several highly successful public schools in NYC and Boston and helped found the Coalition of Essential Schools. She is the author of many books and articles, including The Power of Their Ideas, Lessons to America from a Small School in Harlem, and In Schools We Trust. She is an outspoken critic of state-mandated curriculum and high stakes standardized testing and has written extensively on their unreliability and class/race biases. She is on the board of the Coalition of Essential Schools, FairTest, Save Our Schools, Center for Collaborative Education and the Association for Union Democracy and serves on the editorial board of The Nation, The Harvard Education Letter, and Dissent magazines. In 1987, Meier received a MacArthur “Genius” Award for her work in public education.

Riane Eisler

Riane Eisler

Riane Eisler is President of the Center for Partnership Studies and internationally known as a systems scientist, attorney working for the human rights of women and children, and author of groundbreaking books such as The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future and The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics. Dr. Eisler has received many honors, including honorary PhDs and peace and human rights awards. She lectures worldwide, with venues including the United Nations General Assembly, the U.S. Department of State, Congressional briefings, universities, corporations, conference keynotes, and events hosted by heads of State.

Francisco Escobedo

Francisco Escobedo

Dr. Francisco Escobedo has been in education the better part of 26 years and currently serves as the Chula Vista Elementary School (CVESD) District Superintendent.   CVESD is the largest elementary district in CA serving over 29,000 students  and located five minutes from the U.S.-Mexico border.  He is presently the chairperson for the South Bay Family YMCA, Board of Directors, and board member for Junior Achievement and American Heart Association. He also serves as a member of the Education Vision Council for the United Way and the Education Synergy Alliance.  His experience includes working as Assistant Superintendent for Educational Leadership in the South Bay Union School District, Principal Research Analyst for the American Institutes for Research, and California Regional Vice-President of Achievement/Operations for Edison Schools. Since 2001, Dr. Escobedo has been an adjunct professor of Educational Administration at San Diego State University and a member of the doctoral faculty. He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, M.A. degree from San Diego State University, and Ed.D. from the University of California, San Diego.  He has participated in several keynote/panel speaking engagements at the White House, the Department of Education and California Department of Education (CDE). 

Monte Joffee

Monte Joffee

Dr. Monte Joffee is an adjunct instructor at Metropolitan College of New York and has been an active leader in the small school and charter school movements in New York City for over 20 years. He is a co-founder of The Renaissance Charter School in New York City and served as its First principal (1993-2007). Dr. Joffee also founded the Education for Global Citizenship Institute (www.edglocit.org) to mainstream GCE as a key organizing principle in K-12 schools and has consulted for numerous charter and small schools, individual school leaders and teachers, and educational IT companies. His recent academic interest and publications center on seminal educational reformers in the early 20th century.  Currently he is co-directing “The Will to Achieve” (www.willtoachieve.org), a national K-12 school reform initiative that is being piloted in 13 schools in Liberty City, Miami.

Shirley Malcom

Shirley Malcom

Shirley Malcom is head of Education and Human Resources Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She works to improve the quality and increase access of minorities, girls and women and persons with disabilities to education and careers in STEM fields and to increase use of science and technology to empower women and address problems they face in their daily lives as well as to enhance public science literacy. She received her PhD in ecology from The Pennsylvania State University, masters in zoology from UCLA and bachelor's with distinction in zoology from the University of Washington. Dr. Malcom is a trustee of Caltech and a regent of Morgan State University, and a member of the Advisory Board of the SUNY Research Council. She serves on the boards of the Heinz Endowments, Public Agenda, the National Math-Science Initiative, and Digital Promise and as co-chair of the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development and Gender InSITE. In 2003, she received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award given by the Academy. The recipient of 16 honorary degrees, in 2016 Dr. Malcom received the American Educational Research Association's Distinguished Public Service Award, recognizing exceptional contributions to advancing the use of research and scholarship in the shaping of local, state, and national policy in education.

T. Willard Fair

T. Willard Fair

T. Willard Fair is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc. He also holds various leadership positions, including Chairman of the Miami-Bayside Foundation Board of Directors, Chairman of State Board of Education at Florida Department of Education, and Chairman of Liberty City Charter School Board of Directors. He served as an Adjunct Professor at the Atlanta University School of Social Work, Bethune Cookman College, Florida International University, and the National Urban League's Whitney M. Young, Jr., Center for Urban Leadership. A powerful voice in the effort to improve his community, he has worked for the Urban League since September 1963. Mr. Fair is currently co-director with Monte Joffee of The Will to Achieve, a K-12 education national reform platform based upon which he has been actively transforming the Miami community of Liberty City into an "educational village" powered by a coalition of over 50 local organizations.