Dean Dantley Takes Leadership Role in AERA
Earlier this year, School of Education Dean Michael Dantley was elected to a prestigious leadership position in the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the nation’s largest professional organization devoted to the scientific study of education.
Here, Dantley talks about what he hopes to accomplish in his new role and why he’s so excited about leading Loyola’s School of Education.
Can you talk a little bit about the nomination process?
The position I was elected for—vice president of Division A—deals with administration, organization, and leadership. People who are in those fields nominate others to serve as vice president, and the whole thing is vetted by a nominating committee.
Have you been connected to AERA in the past?
Absolutely. It’s the largest educational research association in the country. It also has an international presence, and if you are involved in education you know of AERA. I’ve been a part of AERA for many, many years.
What kinds of work will you do in this new position?
As vice president of Division A, one of the responsibilities is to serve on AERA’s executive committee. But my main responsibility is to promote more research, leadership in education, and professional development regarding K-12 education. I really want to put the word out about educational research, organizational studies, and leadership—the kind of work that will impact schools and cause school reform. That’s the basic premise of what I’m supposed to be doing.
What are you most excited about here at Loyola?
I am very, very excited about providing leadership for the School of Education. This school is a hidden gem. It has phenomenal faculty and students that are doing some tremendous work. I say that without any sense of self-advertisement; this school is phenomenal. It takes the tenants of social justice seriously, and it also provides a very rigorous curriculum with high expectations for our students. I’m exceptionally pleased about being the dean of this school.