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Dr. Steven Tozer


Dr. Steven Tozer, Professor Emeritus and Founding CUEL Director: Dr. Steve Tozer is a key contributor for a range of CUEL continuous improvement and leader development projects and he also broadly engages in policy advocacy for CUEL in Illinois and throughout the U.S. Currently, Tozer is leading various CUEL leader development projects in a variety of school districts in the midwest.  He also plays a lead role in policy advocacy for CUEL. In this role he serves on the Advisory Boards for the Aspen Institute, the National P-3 Institute, the University of Connecticut/Office of Early Childhood Education PK3 Leadership Program, and Teachers Supporting Teachers. He is a member of The Wallace Foundation Education Leadership Network. 

He also serves as a Senior Fellow to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a Senior Research Fellow to the Learning Policy Institute, and a Fellow to the George W. Bush Institute’s School Leader Initiative.


Prior to his retirement in 2018, Tozer was Professor and University Scholar in Educational Policy Studies, founding Director of the CUEL, and founding Coordinator of the UIC EdD Program in Urban Education Leadership. Dr. Tozer was a former K-12 educator and he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana. Tozer has an abundant amount of publications and presentations revolving around the topics of Education. He also served as President of the American Educational Studies Association and Council for Social Foundations of Education. He was also a founding board member for the Illinois Education Research Council.