May 13, 2008
For immediate release
Dr. George Petersen of UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly’s Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership has co-authored with Lance D. Fusarelli of Fordham University a key chapter in the new volume The Future of School Board Governance: Relevancy and Revelation (Rowan & Littlefield 2008). This collection, edited by Thomas L. Alsbury of North Carolina State University, has been hailed as a crucial contribution to the K-12 field of education. “This collection of superbly edited and arranged papers by many of the nation’s premier school board scholars is a treasure chest, with one gem following another,” insists Don McAdams, president, Center for Reform of School Systems, Houston. “Exactly the right questions are asked, and answered. If you are a school board member, policymaker, researcher, or just care about Americans public schools, read this book.”
Petersen and Fusarelli wrote “Systemic Leadership Amidst Turbulence: Superintendent-School Board Relations under Pressure,” a chapter that examines the school board’s role in district/systemic reform.
Petersen is Professor and Co-Director of the UC Santa Barbara/Cal Poly Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. 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), a consortium of major research universities focused on improving the preparation of educational leaders and promoting the development of professional knowledge in school improvement and administration. He is a recent winner of the Gevirtz School’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Also featured in the collection The Future of School Board Governance is Gevirtz School Professor Emeritus Laurence Iannaccone. His chapter, co-written with Frank Lutz, “Dissatisfaction Theory of the American Democracy,” helps set the context for the entire volume by providing the history of school board governance theory and research.
[George Petersen is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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