February 24, 2009
For immediate release
George J. Petersen of the UC Santa Barbara/Cal Poly Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership is one of four scholars set to launch a new national center that will bring researchers and school leaders together and represents a nationally funded research agenda in the area of the superintendency, school board governance, policy and leadership. The proposal for the Joint Center for Superintendency and District Governance received approval from the University Council for Educational Administration, an international consortium of 81 research universities in North America, Canada, Great Britain, and Hong Kong.
The center will participate in critical research, provide accessibility and broad dissemination of research, as well as provide a central organization for national associations to improve linkages and collaboration between researchers and practitioners. Along with Professor Petersen, co-authors and directors include: Theodore J. Kowalski, endowed professor at the University of Dayton; Thomas Alsbury, associate professor at North Carolina State University; and Meredith Mountford, associate professor at Florida Atlantic University.
Participation in the Center will give UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School and Cal Poly’s School of Education a much higher profile among the institutions that are members of the University Council for Educational Administration, as well as non-UCEA institutions, professional leadership organizations, and governmental agencies.
Petersen is a Professor and Co-Director of the UC Santa Barbara/Cal Poly Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. He is the former chair of the Department of Graduate Studies of Education at Cal Poly. Prior to coming to Cal Poly, Petersen was an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He also held the position of Associate Director of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). He is a former high school teacher and director of secondary education. He is a 2008 winner of the Gevirtz School’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
[George J. Petersen is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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