Dr. Jacob Easley II has been named the Chair of the Education Division at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. His appointment was effective July 1.
Dr. Easley, who previously served as associate professor at Mercy College, received his PhD from the Pennsylvania State University, MA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and BA from Morehouse College. His research interests include education policy and politics; contextualized leadership; schools as organizations/organizational change and effectiveness; understanding ways in which the socio-political, economic, cultural and ideological factors in and around urban schools shape and define the formal processes of schooling, and intercultural and international (21st Century) perspectives in educational leadership. Dr. Easley recently published the book, The Audacity to Teach!: The Impact of Leadership, School Reform, and the Urban Context on Educational Innovations. His research has also been published in the Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research; The Educational Forum; Race Ethnicity and Education; The Professional Educator, and Educational Studies. He has presented extensively across the United States as well as in Canada, Cyprus, Slovenia, and Spain. Dr. Easley is currently President of the National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni Board, President of the Penn State University Educational Leadership Alumni Advisory Board, and Vice President of the Metropolitan Council of Education Administration Programs, and is a member of the Creative Bridge Coalition, and the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education's review board.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
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