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.

Sandy Rakich

Sandy Rakich

Dr. Sladjana (Sandy) Rakich completed her Ph.D. in 2014 at Claremont Graduate University/California State University at San Diego in Education.  Prior to completing her doctorate she worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District as an administrator, school counselor, dropout prevention advisor, and middle school special education teacher.  Her research interests include educator dispositions, dropout prevention, and character and career education.  

Adam Sawyer

Adam Sawyer

Adam Sawyer’s research examines global migration, transnationalism, and displacement and its implications for student outcomes, educational policy, and leadership within migrant-origin and receiving contexts, especially in Latin America and the United States. He is also a specialist in teacher education and classroom instruction and has conducted studies on the theorization, design, and impact of innovative teacher professional development programs and pedagogies responsive to the needs of immigrants, language minorities, and other historically marginalized populations. His recent work has been published by International Migration Review, Teacher Education Quarterly, and Migration Policy Institute and he is co-editor of the 2013 Teachers College Press Volume Regarding Educación: Mexican American Schooling, Immigration, and Binational Solutions. Previous to his academic career, Adam served as a Spanish bilingual elementary school teacher in California and as an academic consultant to the Mexican National Ministry of Education.

 

Visiting Distinguished Faculty

Dr Rosemary Papa

Rosemary Papa

Dr. Rosemary Papa has served as The Del and Jewel Lewis Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University since fall of 2007.   As well, she has served as a Principal/Chief School Administrator for two districts in Nebraska, system level Assistant Vice Chancellor in the California State University System, Vice President for Sylvan Learning, Professor and Faculty Director of a University-based Center for Teaching and Learning in California.  In 2012, she was the recipient of the Arizona School Administrators Outstanding Higher Education Administrator of the Year Award.  Dr. Papa has published 20+ books in the areas of leadership, social justice, sustainability, school effectiveness, and technology for school leaders and teachers.  Her latest books include Social Justice Instruction: Empowerment on the Chalkboard (2017); Educational Leaders Without Borders, Rising to Global Challenges to Educate All: Springer International Publishing AG (Editor, 2016);  Media Rich Instruction: Connecting Curriculum to All Learners: Springer International Publishing AG (Editor, 2015); The Contours of Great Educational Leadership: The Science, Art, and Wisdom of Outstanding Practice, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield (lead author, 2013); and, Educational leadership at 2050: Conjectures, Challenges and Promises, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Book (co-author, 2012). To be published fall, 2016, Building for a Sustainable Future in Education: Brick by Brick; and Online Faculty Teaching, Novice to Expert:  Effective Practices for the Student Learner; in process Wiley publishing The Handbook of Education Policy and one book for NCPEA Press, Dr. Papa has published more than eighty articles in refereed academic journals and is internationally known for her work in China, Turkey, Greece, Slovenia, Singapore, and West Africa developing Master’s and Doctoral degree programs, and bringing adult learning practices and multi-media technology training to the university classroom and primary/secondary educational institutions.  

She is the founder of The Flagstaff Seminar: Educational Leaders Without Borders, currently serves as the National Council of Professors of Education Administration International Ambassador, and was recently awarded the 2015 Willystine Goodsell Award for her research on education of women and children by the American Educational Research Association’s, special interest group for research on women and girls.    

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.

Frederick Erickson

Frederick Erickson

Frederick Erickson was from 1999-2011 George F. Kneller Professor of Anthropology of Education and Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of California,  Los Angeles,   where he also served as Director of Research at the University Elementary Laboratory School.   He has taught at other universities,  including the University of Pennsylvania,  where from 1986-1998 he was Director of its Center for Urban Ethnography and Convenor of its annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum.   A pioneer in the use of video to study face to face interaction, he has also written on more general qualitative research methods.  He has published three books:  The Counselor as Gatekeeper: Social Interaction in InterviewsSights and Sounds of Life in Schools,  and Talk and Social Theory:  Ecologies of Speaking and Listening in Everyday Life.   This last received an Outstanding Book Award from the American Educational Research Association in 2005.  In 2014 the Council on Anthropology and Education of the American Anthropological Association named its annual Outstanding Dissertation Award in his honor.

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.