Leadership Learning Exchange



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National Faculty
Gretchen Givens GenerettFrancisco Guajardo Miguel A. Guajardo Chris Janson
Gretchen Givens Generett, PhD is the Associate Dean for Grad Studies and Research; and the Associate Professor, Director, UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice at Duquesne University.  Her scholarly publications, stories and lessons demonstrate her passion for breaking down barriers to successfully teach diverse student populations, along with evaluating and developing tools for effectively serving students of color. Dr. Generett serves as the Director of the University Council for Educational Administration Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice. Dr. Generett's professional journey includes writing and editing books and journals in the field of education. As visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin, she shared her expertise in teaching aspiring principals from diverse backgrounds.  Dr. Generett is a graduate of Spelman College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She began her academic career at Virginia Tech and has served on the faculties of Shimabara Agricultural High School in Shimabara, Nagasaki, Japan; George Mason University; and Robert Morris University. generettg@duq.edu    

Francisco Guajardo is Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Texas Pan American.  He is a founder of the Llano Grande Center for Research and Development, based in Edcouch-Elsa High School (HS) in rural south Texas and a founding member of the Center for Bilingual Studies at U.T. Pan American, a Center working to shape the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley as a bilingual university. Born in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, he immigrated with his family to south Texas and became part of the migrant farm working stream: first traveling to Keeler, Michigan; Buttonwillow in the San Joaquin Valley in California; Hereford, in the Texas Panhandle; and in and around the agricultural fields of the Rio Grande Valley.  He graduated from Edcouch-Elsa HS, has B.A. degree in English, a M.A. in History, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.  He studied at Brasenose College at Oxford University in England.  The digital storytelling work he leads at  Llano Grande Center has led to his work in over 35 states in the U.S. and internationally in countries such as Austria, Italy, Sweden, England, New Zealand, Peru, Mexico and Canada.  f_guajardo@yahoo.com    

Miguel A. Guajardo is an Associate Professor in the Education and Community Leadership Program and a member of the doctoral faculty in School Improvement at Texas State University. Joining the faculty at Texas State in 2004, his research interests include community building, community youth development, leadership development, race and ethnicity, university and community partnerships, and Latino youth and families. He was a Fellow with the Kellogg International Leadership Program and the Salzburg Seminar. He is also a co-founder and the chair of the board of directors of the Llano Grande Center for Research and Development an education and community youth development organization in South Texas. maguajardo@yahoo.com      

Chris Janson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership, School Counseling, and Sport Management at the University of North Florida where he teaches both school counseling and educational leadership courses. His scholarship is centered on school counselor skill and dispositional development, inter-professional relationships in schools, educational leadership, urban education, and transformative pedagogy; and his scholarship has resulted in over 20 publications. Janson is a program developer for a university-community school grant partnership focused on increasing career and college readiness for students in urban schools and is also involved with a community initiative to raise awareness and elicit support in challenging the community's persisting high dropout rate. cajanson@gmail.com

Local Faculty

Regina Figueiredo-Brown R. Martin Reardon Marjorie Campo Ringler
Regina Figueiredo-Brown is an assistant professor at East Carolina University in the department of Educational Leadership (LEED). Regina worked in public, private and charter schools as a teacher, counselor, curriculum director, and principal. She helped to develop and administer several of Ohio's statewide online schools. Her research interests are in how K-12 online education, privatization, and school choice intersect with low-performing and marginalized students; the ways in which students respond to promise programs; and increasing and reshaping the teaching of diversity in graduate education programs. brownre@ecu.edu    

R. Martin Reardon is currently an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership Department of the College of Education at East Carolina University (ECU), Greenville, NC. He holds a M.Ed. in Mathematics Education, and obtained his Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. Prior to gaining his doctorate in 2000, Martin held a wide range of teaching and administrative positions over the course of his 27-year career at the high school level. From 2001, Martin taught in the graduate educational leadership program, and then spent three years as the inaugural Chair of Leadership Studies at Marian University in Wisconsin. In 2005, he moved to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where became convinced of the importance of school/university collaboration. At VCU, he also became convinced of the importance of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) and Chaired a Task Force that recommended the introduction of a CPED-aligned EdD program. He was the Director of the EdD program for two years before moving to East Carolina University (ECU) in 2013 to collaborate in the development of a CPED-aligned EdD. Martin has taught courses in leadership studies, ethics, educational policy, curriculum, evidence-informed practice, methods of inquiry, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, instructional leadership, policy research, action research, and program evaluation across both Masters and Doctoral levels. reardonr@ecu.edu 

Marjorie Campo Ringler is an Associate Professor and Director of the Master of School Administration Program in the Department of Education Leadership at East Carolina University.  She teaches in the Master, Specialist and Doctorate programs in School Administration.  Her areas of research include Academic Language Proficiency, Professional Development, and Instructional Leadership.  Dr. Ringler obtained her Ed.D at the University of Florida (UF), her masters in Educational Administration form Stetson University and here Mathematics Education degree from Florida International University (FIU).  Marjorie Ringler has been published in journals such AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice, International Journal of Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, the Journal of Staff Development, and the Rural Educator.  Marjorie Ringler collaborates with school districts to facilitate authentic learning experiences for school administration students while also benefiting schools by engaging education communities in leadership opportunities. ringlerm@ecu.edu