Preparing Educators as Leaders

Dr. Rick J. Ginsberg, Ph.D.

Professor
Dean, School of Education
Primary office:
785-864-4297
214K Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 214K


Rick Ginsberg, Ph.D., has served as Dean of the School of Education at the University of Kansas since August, 2005. He served three years as the Chair of the Kansas Professional Standards Board, is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), member of the Board of Directors for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and was a member of the CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting. Prior to coming to Kansas he was Director of the School of Education at Colorado State University, Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina (directing a Research Office), and Assistant Professor at the University of New Orleans. In Chicago he worked for the Chicago Board of Education, Roosevelt University, and the Chicago Community College system. His research focuses on individual/organizational success and educational politics/reform. He is the co-author or editor of four books and about 90 refereed articles and book chapters. His most recent research focuses on accountability in teacher preparation and how professions measure outcomes of preparation (Teachers College Record, 2014). Other recent research examined the impact on leaders of working in a fiscal downturn. His 1997 book, Exceeding Expectations: Successful Adults With Learning Disabilities, was the 1997 American Library Association recommended learning disability book of the year. His work has been funded by over $4.5 million of federal and state. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1983 in Administrative, Institutional and Policy Studies in Education.

Teaching Interests

  • Organization and control of schools, educational policy, leadership

Research Interests

  • Policy studies, school reform, leadership, organizational success, accountability

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The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
Researchers on a $3.5 million grant are collecting data on an innovative reading program designed to teach reading to students with the most significant disabilities in seven Kansas school districts
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