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Welcome to the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations

Department Overview

The Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations is concerned with issues of educational theory, cultural analysis, educational leadership and school organization, educational policy, and curriculum studies. The department seeks to prepare thoughtful and effective leaders in education through programs of study that are interdisciplinary in focus and that emphasize questions of moral concern, the cultural context of education, and a reconstructive vision for excellent and equitable schooling. The department offers four graduate programs: Master of School Administration, Post-Master’s Certificate in School Administration, Specialist in Education in Educational Leadership, Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies with a concentration in cultural studies.

The Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) is concerned with issues of educational theory, cultural analysis, educational leadership and school organization, educational policy, and curriculum studies. The faculty members share a sociopolitical perspective that undergirds our scholarship, teaching, and service. We are committed to the development of a just and caring democratic society in which schools serve as centers of inquiry and forces for social transformation that foster social, economic, and educational equity by honoring differences in race, class, gender, ethnicity, and sexual preference. The ELC faculty seek to prepare thoughtful and effective leaders in education through programs of study that are interdisciplinary in focus and that emphasize questions of moral concern, the cultural context of education, and a reconstructive vision for excellent and equitable schooling. Our purpose is to create educational leaders who work with parents, staff, students, and communities to develop critical understandings of the assumptions, beliefs, and regularities that support schooling and who identify and create practices that allow schools to function more fully as democracies while preparing students for democracy.

It is an honor to be associated with such a talented group of compassionate professionals. We are committed to embodying our shared commitments in all of our actions, with social justice and equity as the expressed centerpiece of who we are.

The department offers four graduate programs: Master of School Administration, Specialist in Education in Educational Leadership, Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies with a concentration in Cultural Studies.

If you have an interest in learning more about the ELC Department, please contact me or one of the department’s program directors using the contact information below.

Dr. Ulrich C. (Rick) Reitzug
Professor and Chair
Department of Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations
School of Education Building, Rm. 366A
ucreitzu@uncg.edu

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies: Dr. Leila Villaverde, levillav@uncg.edu
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership: Dr. Carl Lashley, carl.lashley@gmail.com
Specialist in Education in Educational Leadership: Dr. Ann Davis, awdavis@uncg.edu
Master of School Administration & Post-Masters Certificate Program in School Administration: Dr. Brian Clarida, bjclarid@uncg.edu

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