Rosemary Papa, EdD

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Professor of Comparative & International Education and Leadership
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Dr. Rosemary Papa is the founder of Educational Leaders Without Borders and the Comparative and International Professor of Education and Leadership, Soka University of America (Fall 2017 to present) and served as the Del and Jewel Lewis Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University since fall of 2007 through 2018. 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 2015 she was the recipient of the AERA 2015 Willystine Goodsell Award, Women in Education SIG, and gave the keynote address at AERA 2016, Washington, DC. In 2012 she was the recipient of the Arizona School Administrators Outstanding Higher Education Administrator of the Year Award.

Dr. Papa has published more than 25 books in the areas of leadership, social justice, sustainability, school effectiveness, and technology for school leaders and teachers. Additionally, she has three major works in progress: Editor-in-Chief, Oxford Encyclopedia of Educational Administration (2019); Editor-in-Chief, Springer Handbook on Promoting Social Justice in Education (2019-2020); and School Violence in International Contexts–Perspectives from Educational Leaders Without Borders (2019). Additionally, Dr. Papa has published more than 80articles in refereed academic journals.

  • EdD, 1983 University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Administration, Curriculum & Instruction) The Mentoring Relationship between Major Advisors and Doctoral Degree Advisees
  • MA, 1977 California State University, Northridge (Educational Psychology) The Effect of Group Counseling on the Self-Concept and Home and School Behavior of Maladjusted Students in the Middle School Grades
  • BA, 1972 California State University, Los Angeles (History)
  • AA, 1970 Pasadena City College, Pasadena (Social Sciences)
  • EDU 511 Ed Research Methods II
  • EDU 505 Leadership: Theory and Practice
  • EDU 502 Ethnography
  • EDU 504 International and Comparative Education
  • EDU 507 Law and Policy
  • Educational leaders without borders
  • International and comparative education and leadership
  • Research on women and children

Books

  • 2019-2020 Papa, R. (2020). The Oxford Encyclopedia of International Educational Administration, Management and Leadership, 3 Vol., Editor-in-Chief. Oxford University Press, U.K.
  • Papa, R. (2020). Handbook in Promotion of Social Justice, 3 Vol. Editor-in-Chief. Springer International Publishing, AG.
  • Papa, R. (under contract). School Violence in International Contexts - Perspectives from Educational Leaders Without Borders Book 2. Springer International Publishing, AG
  • Papa, R., & Armfield, S. (2019). Handbook on Education Policy in the U.S.A. Wiley Publications.
  • 2017 Papa, R. (2017). Finding Her in History: Confronting the Traditions of Misogyny. Springer International Publishing AG.
  • Dereshiwsky, M., Brown, R., & Papa, R. (2017). Online Faculty Teaching-Novice to Expert: Effective Practices for the Student Learner. NCPEA Press.
  • Papa, R., & Saiti, A. (2017). Building for a Sustainable in Education: Brick by Brick. Springer International Publishing AG.
  • 2016 Papa, R., Eadens, D. M., & Eadens, D. W. (Eds). (2016). Social Justice Instruction: Empowerment on the Chalkboard. Springer International Publishing.
  • Papa, R., & English, F. (2016). Educational Leaders Without Borders: Rising to Global Challenges to Educate All Children. Springer International Publishing AG.
  • 2015 Papa, R. (Ed.). (2015). Media Rich Instruction: Connecting Curriculum to All Learners. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG.
  • Associate Editor. (2015). SAGE: Guide to Educational Leadership and Management. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage publications
  • 2013 Papa, R., English, F., Davidson, F., Culver, M. & Brown, R. (2013). The Contours of Great Educational Leadership: The science, art, and wisdom of outstanding practice. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • 2012 English, F., Papa, R., Mullen, C. & Creighton, T. (2012). Educational leadership at 2050: Conjectures, challenges and promises. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Book reviewed in AASA School Administrator, 70(2), 1-3. February 2013. [Reviewed in EAQ: Gardiner, M. E. (2013). Book review. Educational Administration Quarterly, 49 (3), 528-538. DOI: 10.1177/0013161X12469984]
  • Tareilo, J., Bizzell, B. (Editors), Irby, B., Papa, R., Valesky, T., & Creighton, T. (Associate Editors). (2012). Handbook of online instruction and programs in education leadership. Ypsilanti, MI: NCPEA Publications. http://cnx.org/content/col11375/latest/
  • 2011 Papa, R. & English, F. (2011). Turn around principals for under-performing schools. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Papa, R. (Editor). Technology Leadership for School Improvement. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • 2010 English, F. and Papa, R. Restoring Human Agency to Educational Administration. Lancaster, PA: Proactive Publications, ISBN 1-885432-50-X
  • English, F., Papa, R., Lumby, J.G., Samier, E.A. & Walker, A. D. (Editors). Educational Leadership & Administration. Volumes 1-4. Sage Publications ISBN 978-1-84787-564-8
  • 2009 Brown, R.; Noble, P. & Papa, R. So You Want to Be a Higher Education Administrator? Avoid Crossing to the Dark Side or What They Don’t Teach in Summer Leadership Institutes. Proactive Publications.
  • 2008 Papa, R. (Editor); Achilles, C.M. and Alford, B. (Assoc. Editors), August, 2008. Leadership on the frontlines: Changes in preparation and practice. NCPEA Yearbook. DEStech Publications, Inc. Lancaster, PA.
  • 2007 LeMasters, L. (Editor) and Papa, R. (Assoc. Editor), August, 2007. At the tipping point: Navigating the course for preparation of educational administrators. NCPEA Yearbook. DEStech Publications, Inc. Lancaster, PA.
  • Alford, B., Papa, R. & Coleman, J.C. (2007). 20 Years of NCPEA: Looking back through the years 1987-2006. Flagstaff, AZ: National Council of Professors of Educational Administration.
  • 2002 Papalewis, R. & Fortune, R. Leadership on purpose: Promising practices with African American and Hispanic students. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin-Sage Press.

Chapters/Monographs/Invited Journal Articles

  • 2017 Papa, R. (2017). Classroom and Community Partners: The Ethics and Morality Inherent in Sustainable practices. In R. Papa and A. Saiti (Eds), Building for a Sustainable Future in our Schools. Chapter 4, pp. 45-58. Springer International Publishing AG.
  • 2016 Papa, J., & Papa, R. (2016). Social justice: Reframing social justice for the adult learner. In R. Papa, D. Eadens and D. Eadens (Eds), Social Justice Instruction: Empowerment on the Chalkboard. Chapter 14, pp. 23-31. Springer International Publishing AG.
  • Schonaerts, C. E., & Papa, R. (2016). Creating Magical Moments to Reveal Student Learning and Universal Acceptance of Each Other? In R. Papa, D. Eadens and D. Eadens (Eds), Social Justice Instruction: Empowerment on the Chalkboard. Chapter 14, pp. 147-159. Springer International Publishing AG.
  • Wilmore, E., & Papa, R. (2016). Social Justice Instruction in the Elementary Setting. In R. Papa, D. Eadens and D. Eadens (Eds), Social Justice Instruction: Empowerment on the Chalkboard. Chapter 18, pp. 199-211. Springer International Publishing AG.
  • Papa, R. (2016). The educational leader without borders: The conceptual frame.
  • In R. Papa and F. English (Eds), Educational Leaders Without Borders: Rising to Global Challenges to Educate All. Chapter 1, pp. 1-38. Springer International Publishing AG.
  • Papa, R. (2016). Footprints of leaders without borders. In R. Papa and F. English (Eds), Educational Leaders Without Borders: Rising to Global Challenges to Educate All. Chapter 10, pp. 213-225. Springer International Publishing AG.
  • Papa, R., & Reyhner, J. (2016). Indigenous Peoples and the role of technology in language preservation: Navajo Nation. Becker, D., & Becker (Eds.), Technology for Transformation: The confluence of education technology and social justice. IAP Publishing.
  • 2015 Invited, Ministry of Israel, Video Greeting (June 11, 2015) at the Tel Aviv University Executive M.A. in Administration and Leadership in Education Alumni Club.
  • Papa, R. (2015). Transitions in teaching and learning using technology. In R. Papa (Ed.), Media Rich Instruction: Connecting Curriculum to All Learners. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG. Pp. 3-17.
  • English, F., & Papa, R. (2015). The science, art and emerging wisdom of educational leadership. In F. English (Ed.), R. Papa and J. Barbour (Associate Eds.), Sage Guide Educational Leadership and Management. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing.
  • Cypres, A. T. (2015). Ferocious resolve: Everyday choices and leaders in the academy. Information Age Publishing. [The book highlights stories from professors from various disciplines who are noted leaders in academia. Submitted personal communication in response to questions posed].
  • 2014 Papa, R. Invited Book Review: Honoring our Children Culturally Appropriate Approaches for Teaching Indigenous Students. Indigenous Policy Journal.
  • Papa, R. (2014). Preface. In S. Harris and J. Mixon (Eds), Building Cultural Community through Global Educational Leadership, pp. vi-vii.
  • Eadens, D. W., Papa, R., & Eadens, D. M. (2014). What do educational leaders need to know to lead schools with a global focus? In S. Harris and J. Mixon (Eds), Building Cultural Community through Global Educational Leadership, Chapter 15 pp. 197 – 211.
  • Allen, T., English, F., & Papa, R. (2014). A Philosophical Deconstruction of Leadership and Social Justice Associated with the High-Stakes Testing and Accountability System. In Normore, A.H., & Brooks, J.S. (Eds.), Educational Leadership for Ethics and Social Justice: Views from the Social Sciences. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Chapter 8, pp 135-157.
  • 2013 English, F., Papa, R., Mullen, C. A., & Creighton, T. (2013). Technical knowledge and values in professions: Issues related to social justice in educational administration, pp. 42-55. NCPEA 2013 Yearbook Invited chapter, pp. Ypsilanti, MI: NCPEA Publications.
  • Papa, R. (2013). A memorial of all NCPEAers past: A giant among us. NCPEA 2013 Yearbook, Invited Address A Tribute to Charles Achilles, pp. 1-4. Ypsilanti, MI: NCPEA Publications.
  • Papa, R. (Fall, 2013). Flagstaff seminar: Educational leaders without borders meeting in San Francisco. NAU Global, in press.
  • Papa, R., & Brown, R. (2013, February). Online teaching: Moving from good to great. Journal of NUS [National University of Singapore] Teaching Academy, From the Desk, 3(1), pp. 2-5.
  • Papa, R., Kain, D. & Brown, R. (2013). Who moved my theory: A kitsch exploration of kitsch leadership texts. In B. Irby and G. Brown (Eds.) Handbook of Educational Theories. Charlotte, NC: IAP – Information Age Publishing.
  • Brown, R. & Papa, R. (2013). Rational choice theory in educational leadership. In B. Irby, G. Brown, R. Lara-Alecio and S. Jackson (Eds.) The Handbook of Educational Theories. Charlotte, NC: IAP – Information Age Publishing.
  • 2012 Papa, R. (2012). Activist leadership: Walter D. Cocking lecture 2011. In George Perreault and Luana Zellner (Eds.), Yearbook 2012 Social justice, competition and quality: 21st century leadership challenges, National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, 5-14.
  • Papa, R. & Papa, J. (2012). Leading adult learners: Preparing future leaders and professional development of those they lead. Reprint in J. Tareilo and B. Bizzell (Eds.) NCPEA handbook of virtual/online instruction and programs in education leadership, http://cnx.org/content/col11375/latest/
  • Papa, R. (2012). Boomer bred: Professional and personal reflections and strategies to survive in the professoriate. In J. Marshall, J. Brooks, and G. Theoharis (Eds.) Juggling flaming chainsaws: Academics in educational leadership try to balance work and family, pp. 335-342. Charlotte, NC: IAP-Information Age Publishing.
  • Papa, R. (Fall, 2012). Educational leaders without borders: International scholars establish the Flagstaff seminar. NAU Global, 15-16.
  • 2011 Papa, R. (2011). Standards for educational leadership: Promises, paradoxes and pitfalls, pp. 195-209. In F. English (Ed.) Handbook of Educational leadership, 2nd Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
  • Papa, R. Technology leadership standards: The next generation. In R. Papa (Ed.) Technology leadership for school improvement. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
  • Papa, R. & Papa, J. Leading adult learners: Preparing future leaders and professional Development of those they lead. In R. Papa (Ed.) Technology leadership for school improvement, pp. 91-107. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
  • Papa R. Program evaluation and technology integration strategies. In R. Papa (Ed.) Technology leadership for school improvement. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
  • Papa, R. Section editor, Educational administration, management and policy. In N. P. O’Brien and J. W. Collins (Eds.) Greenwood dictionary of education, 2nd Ed. UK: Greenwood Press.
  • 2010 Creighton, T., Grady, M. Wildman, L., Beach, R., Papa, R., McCarthy, M., Achilles, C. & Hoyle, J. (2010). It’s not the bicycle, it’s the ride: Eight NCPEA living legends Respond. In Beverly J. Irby, Betty J. Alford, George Perreault, and Luana Zellner (Eds.) Promoting critical ideas of leadership, culture and diversity: 2010 yearbook. Lancaster, PA: Pro/Active Publications.
  • 2007 Papa, R. Women NCPEAers: The Beginning. 20 Years of NCPEA: Looking Back Through the Years. NCPEA Press. August, 2007
  • Papa, R. & Brown, R. On the founding of joint and independent doctoral programs. In The Handbook of Doctoral Programs in Educational Administration: Issues and Challenges. NCPEA Connexions e-book.
  • 2006 Papa, R. I lead because I teach. Book Forward for Elaine Wilmore’s, Teacher leadership: Systemic school improvement from inside classrooms.
  • 2005 Papa, R. The discipline of education administration: Crediting the past. Houston, TX: National Council of Professors of Educational Administration Connexions, cnx.org/content/m14846/latest
  • 2004 Papa, R. Practice of theory to theory of practice: The prime directive. The Eighth Yearbook of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. Lancaster: Economic Publishing Co., Inc.
  • 2000 Papa, R. Asynchronous Partners: Leadership for the millennium. The seventh yearbook of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. Lancaster: Technomic Publishing Co., Inc.
  • 1999 Papalewis, R. Effective, efficient, and innovative teacher training. Connecting the vital parts: A California roundtable discussion on effective, efficient, and innovative teacher training. Los Angeles, CA: California Citizens Commission on Higher Education.
  • Munitz, B. & Papalewis, R. Society’s requirements for K-12 confront higher education. In R. A. Roth (Ed.). The role of the university in the preparation of teachers. Falmer Press: London.
  • 1997 Papalewis, R. The comprehensive public university confronts the reform of k-12 education. In N.H. Gabelko (Ed.), Cornerstones of Collaboration. Berkeley, CA: University of Berkeley.
  • 1995 Papalewis, R. Fe/male voices: Leadership and the knowledge base. In R. Donmoyer, J. Scheurich & M. Imber (Eds.), The Knowledge Base in Educational Administration: Multiple Perspectives. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press.
  • 1992 Papalewis, R. (Ed.). Choice and privatization in American education, 2. Fresno, California: Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.
  • 1991 Papalewis, R. (Ed.). America 2000: The valley responds, 1. Fresno, California: Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.

All referred articles (100+) and presentations (200+) could not be listed due to size limitations.

  • 2017-present, Soka University of America  
  • 2015-2017 Research Associate, Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA), College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2014-2015 Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Urban Policy Research and Development (IUPRA), College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2013-2014 Adjunct Professor, St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas