Steven E. Tozer


Director Steve Tozer is Professor in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago and founding coordinator of the UIC EdD Program in Urban Education Leadership, which is the first university-based program to be awarded Exemplary Status by the George W. Bush Institute Alliance to Reform Education Leadership. Tozer began his career as a kindergarten teacher and director of two early childhood centers in Uptown Chicago, and later directed an alternative school for adjudicated Cook County youth. He has served as head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign; chairman of Policy Studies at UIC; president of the American Educational Studies Association; and chairman of the Governor’s Council on Educator Quality in Illinois.

Tozer was a charter member of the Illinois Educational Research Council and the chairman of a State Legislative Task Force on school leader preparation that led to the redesign of all school leadership programs in Illinois. His collaborations with colleagues at UIC and Chicago Public Schools have been funded by the Broad Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, McCormick Foundation, National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and other organizations. He is the Associate Editor of Educational Theory, lead author of a textbook for teachers, School and Society, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, 6th Edition (2009), and lead editor of The Handbook of Research in Social Foundations of Education (2011). Tozer has received the Stevenson Award from the Association for Teacher Educators for leadership and dedication to the teaching profession.

Selected recent publications:

Tozer, S.E., & G. Senese (2012). School and Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, 7th Edition. New York: McGraw Hill.   

Cosner, S., Tozer, S.E.,& Smylie, M.A. (2012). "The Ed.d. Program at the University of Illinois Chicago: Using continuous improvement." Planning and Changing 43 1-2 Summer 2012, 127-48.

Tozer, S.E., B. Gallegos, & A. Henry, eds. (2011). "Handbook of Research in the Social Foundations of Education," New York: Routledge/Taylor Francis, Inc.  

Superfine, B. M., Smylie, M. A., Tozer, S.E., & Mayrowetz, D. (2009). "Promising strategies for improving K-12 education in Illinois: Improving the educator workforce," The Illinois Report 2009 (pp. 49-64). Urbana-Champaign, IL: Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois.

Selected recent national presentations on school leadership:

University-District Partnerships for Developing School Principals, Council of Great City Schools Human Resource Director’s Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, January 30, 2014 

We Know What Works in Principal Preparation. University Council for Educational Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana. November 2013

Achieving our Goals Sometimes Requires Changing the System. Keynote: Educational Development Center/Wallace Foundation. Boston, MA  September 26, 2013

Preparing Effective PreK-12 School Leaders: Learning from Illinois’s Experience. National Governors’ Association Learning Lab, Wyndham Blake Hotel/ University of Illinois, Chicago, November 28-29, 2012