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Professor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Eleanor Drago-Severson is Professor of Education in the Organization and Leadership Department of Teachers College, Columbia University . Her research and teaching passions include school leadership, qualitative research methods, and supporting adult development in K-12 schools, ABE/ESOL programs and higher education contexts. Ellie is author of two recent books: Becoming Adult Learners: Principles And Practices For Effective Development (Teachers College Press, 2004) and Helping Teachers Learn: Principal Leadership For Adult Growth And Development (Corwin Press, 2004). Helping Teachers Learn was awarded the Outstanding Staff Development Book of the Year for 2004 by the National Staff Development Council.

A developmental psychologist, Dr. Drago-Severson's work is inspired by the idea that schools must be places where adults as well as children can grow. She served as lead researcher on the Adult Development Team of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) at Harvard University and consults to schools and educational leaders on matters of principal and teachers' professional development, and leadership that supports adult development and learning. Ellie has served as teacher, program designer, program director, consultant, and professional developer in a variety of educational contexts including higher education, Adult Education Community Centers, and K-12 schools in Florida, New York and Massachusetts.

Terrence Maltbia
Associate Professor of Practice Faculty Director of The Columbia Coaching Certification Program Associate Professor of Practice in Adult Learning & Leadership Program

Dr. Terrence (Terry) E. Maltbia, Principle, Organizational Effectiveness Consulting and Training (Ofx), with nearly 30 years of diverse experience as an executive, external and internal consultant and sales professional. He works with clients to implement research-based best practices focused on leveraging human capital assets in pursuit of achieving extraordinary results.

Prior to forming Ofx, Terry held several management positions with Westvaco Corporation (now MeadWestvaco) including OD Center of Excellence Leader; Director, Training & Leadership Development; Group Manager, Marketing Personnel Development; Manager, College Relations and Corporate Employment and Field Sales Manager. He began his career in field sales with Westvaco Corporation directly out of college. Terry has also held senior consultants positions with both the Alexander Group and Rath & Strong (process improvement).

Carrolyn Riehi
Associate Professor, Sociology & Education Policy, Teachers College, Columbia University

Dr. Carolyn Riehl's research reflects a broad concern for how schools can be organized and administered so that they are lively, humane, equitable, and productive settings for learning and accomplishment for both teachers and students, especially students who traditionally have been poorly served by schooling. 

She situates her scholarship at the juncture between sociology of education and organizational and administrative studies, the fields in which she pursued graduate training. The sociological perspective addresses the dynamic interrelationships among individuals, social groups, organizations and institutions, and wider sociocultural contexts, with particular regard to issues of equity. The administrative/organizational perspective covers technical, interpretive, and critical approaches to the design and administration of school programs and structures and the intricacies of culture and meaning in schooling. These fields are complementary in their attention to educational practice and to the cultural and institutional foundations of that practice. They converge in questions about how to organize and administer schools. Yet their concerns, while overlapping, are not identical. 

Sociological approaches to schooling explore the role of schools within society and their effects on individuals and groups, but almost never frame administration as an important aspect of the social order of the school. Administrative approaches focus on leadership and administrative practice, organizational dynamics, and the process of change, but rarely look at school organization and administration through wider interpretive perspectives on human action or social structure. 

Her work tries to build bridges across these disciplines and to generate unifying approaches to the problems of knowledge and practice that they raise. Dr. Riehl's scholarship reflects different epistemological traditions, ranging from "soft positivism" to interpretive and critical studies; she finds something of value in each tradition. She utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methods in her empirical work. Her research has clustered around three general themes: studies of school organization; studies of the practice of school administration and leadership; and scholarship on research. An additional theme focusing on issues of diversity and equity stretches across all three clusters. She can be reached via email at riehl@exchange.tc.columbia.edu, or by telephone at 212-678-3728.

Jeffrey Young
Professor of Practice in Education Leadership

Jeffrey M. Young is a Professor of Practice in Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Before joining the faculty at TC, Dr. Young served as Superintendent of Schools in Cambridge, MA from 2009 through 2016, following terms as Superintendent in Newton, Lexington and Lynnfield, MA. He began his career in education as an English teacher, Department Chair, and Curriculum Coordinator in Brookline, MA. Dr. Young was a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Boston University School of Education and has delivered talks at various institutions of higher learning as well as at the International Education Conference in Beijing, China. Among his distinctions, he has been recognized by the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents with the President’s Award; Brandeis University with the Levitan Award for Leadership; and the Cambridge NAACP with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for his work “to provide an effective, innovative education to ALL of Cambridge’s children regardless of race or class.” Dr. Young received a B.A. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University, a Masters Degree in Education from Tufts University, and a Doctorate in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a new member of the TC faculty, Dr. Young is struggling with his identity as a fan of the Boston Red Sox.

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