Welcome Francesca López, New Faculty Member in Educational Leadership


Beginning in January 2016, Dr. Francesca López will join the Educational Leadership Program as Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice that also includes the Center for the Study of Higher Education.

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Associate Professor Francesca López as our new faculty member who brings a wealth of experience, quantitative research methods expertise, and scholarship focused on culturally responsive education and student identity to our program. Francesca provides her expertise in culturally responsive practices with professional development and research in local schools. She also has a national and international reputation for her research on culturally responsive leadership, teaching, student identity, and learning in educational organizations. Moreover, Francesca has already worked with a number of our EDL students in classes she has been teaching in Educational Psychology.  Further, Francesca has been working with Dr. Jill Koyama on a grant proposal.  So she is already connected with many colleagues and students in our program and department.  A central part of what led Dr. López to apply to join our department (she has been in Educational Psychology) is the very important direction our EDL program and indeed the larger department is moving in terms of developing culturally responsive educational policies and practices that better serve the growth demographics of our state and nation, and the communities and schools (and colleges and universities) in which they are situated.   

Dr. López began her career in education as a bilingual (Spanish/English) elementary teacher, and later as a high school counselor, in El Paso, Texas. After completing her PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Arizona (2008), she served on the faculty of the Educational Policy and Leadership department at Marquette University (2008-2013). Her research, which is focused on the ways educational settings inform Latino student identity and achievement, has been funded by the American Educational Research Association Grants Program, the Division 15 of the American Psychological Association Early Career Award, and the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. She is currently a co-editor for the American Educational Research Journal and Senior Associate Editor for the American Journal of Education.the Fall 2016, we anticipate welcoming yet another new faculty member to the program.

Rose Ylimaki, EDL Coordinator, and Gary Rhoades, Department Head

~~ We are pleased to announce that Dr. Lopez will be teaching EDL 696B Research in Educational Leadership: Quantitative Research Methods this upcoming Spring 2016 semester. Please see syllabus.