Dean's Lecture Series 2023

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Packard Lab 416

Employing Equity-Centered Leadership in Pursuit of Racial Justice 

Dr. Gooden will explain the multiple levels of inequity and how they hinder the goal of reforming schools and other related organizations. He will describe how leaders are still being challenged today to center equity in the major aspects of their work, despite growing political and state policy-based challenges to being  "woke". Additionally, he will present a framework for engaging in equity-centered leadership and best practices for those who train leaders.

This event is free. Please register by Thursday, April 20, 2023

More about Dr. Mark Anthony Gooden

Mark Anthony Gooden, PhD, is the Christian Johnson Endeavor Professor in Education Leadership and Chair of the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Gooden’s research focuses broadly on culturally responsive school leadership with specific interests in the principalship, anti-racist leadership, urban educational leadership, and legal issues in education.

He is Past President of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), a consortium of over 100 higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children. He is also the 2017 recipient of UCEA Jay D. Scribner Mentoring Award and the 2021 recipient of the UCEA Master Professor Award for distinguished service in teaching, curriculum development, and student mentoring.

Dr. Gooden is co-author of Five Practices for Equity-Focused School Leadership. His research has appeared in a range of outlets including American Educational Research Journal, Educational Administration Quarterly, Teachers College Record, The Journal of Negro Education & Urban Education, Review of Educational Research, Educational Leadership, and Education Week.

Before entering higher education, Dr. Gooden served as a secondary mathematics teacher and departmental chairperson in Columbus Public Schools. Mark transitioned into higher education as an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati where he also directed several leadership programs for 7 years. He went on to eventually rise to the role of the Margie Gurley Seay Centennial Professor of Education at The University of Texas-Austin. Also, he served as director of the principalship program for nearly 9 years while there.

Dr. Gooden has spent over 2 decades in higher education developing and teaching courses in culturally responsive leadership, race, law, and research methods. He has consulted with school districts, universities, and non-profit organizations by designing and delivering professional development courses/workshops in anti-racist leadership, law, and community building. He earned his BA in Mathematics from Albany State University (a Historically Black College/University) and his M.Ed. in Mathematics Education, a second master’s, and a PhD in Policy and Leadership, all from The Ohio State University.

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