Dr. Meagan S. Richard will officially graduate on May 4, 2023.  Her dissertation is titled, Emancipatory School Leaders in Educational Market Contexts; her advisor was Dr. Shelby Cosner. Richard came to the college with strong educational credentials including an M.Ed. in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment from UIC, an M.S. in Applied Sociology from Texas State University, and a B.A. in History from Wellesley College.

Richard has been a graduate assistant for the Center for Urban Education Leadership (CUEL) since 2019.  During that time, she assisted with research, development, and evaluation projects related to principal and principal supervisor preparation, school and system leadership, principal preparation program improvement, and educational ecosystems that support the improvement of schools for projects in the U.S., Global South and Middle East. Her contributions to the field include many published authored/co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles, reports, and white papers as well as invited presentations. She has been active in AERA and UCEA SIGs and has been a member of the UIC COE Dean’s Student Leadership Advisory Board since 2018.

Recently, Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia announced, “Dr. Meagan Richard joins ELS as new Assistant Professor.”  Old Dominion University’s Education Leadership and Services (ELS) program resides in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership, Darden College of Education and Professional Studies. ODU’s welcoming announcement profiled her work as, “…centering around equity-oriented forms of school leadership in urban settings. In particular, her research promotes a holistic view of school leadership in which school leaders work within and outside of the school to promote justice for students, families, and the community in which students live.” 

Richard will transition to her new position in July.  CUEL will miss Meagan’s expertise but wishes her the very best. Congratulations!