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ELPA Festschrift Recent Emeriti Faculty Biographies

Paul Bredeson

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Paul Bredeson is a 2012-13 Fulbright Roving Scholar for Norway’s upper and lower secondary schools. As a Roving Scholar, Professor Bredeson is currently based in Oslo but visits and lectures students and teachers in secondary schools throughout Norway.  A former high school principal and Spanish teacher, Bredeson subsequently joined the professoriate and, along with his teaching and service as department chair of ELPA, has spent his career examining the role of school leaders in the design, delivery, and assessment of professional development that builds organizational capacity which, in turn, enhances both student learning and equity in schools. His book, Designs for Learning: A New Architecture for Professional Development in Schools, is widely regarded as a seminal contribution to the field.   Professor Bredeson received the Jack A.Culbertson award from the University Council for Educational Administration and in 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Social Sciences Faculty at Umea University.


Alan Knox

Image of Alan KnoxAlan Knox, a past president of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, has long been regarded as one of the pioneers in the field.  In the late 1990s Professor Knox led the merger of the former department of CAVE (Continuing, Adult, and Vocational Education) with ELPA, thereby expanding our mission to include adult learners--who now constitute the majority of students in our colleges and universities. An international keynote speaker, Knox has been a prolific scholar of adult and continuing education for over a half-century—scholarship that includes his classic volume, Evaluation for Continuing Education: A Comprehensive Guide to Success. In a career spanning six decades, Dr. Knox has built a national and international reputation as an expert in adult education. He frequently lectures and consults internationally in such destinations as China, Hungary, Germany, and Yugoslavia.


Allan Odden

Image of Allan OddenAllan R. Odden is Co-Director of the Strategic Management of Human Capital (SMHC) in public education and Co-Director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE). After graduating from Brown University, Professor Odden was a mathematics teachers and curriculum developer in East Harlem and then went on to earn his Ph.D. degree at Colombia University.  Since joining the UW-Madison, he has become an international expert on education finance, effective resource allocation and use, strategic management of  education talent, teacher compensation, school-based management, and educational policy. He has been directly involved in changing state school funding systems in at least 30 states across the country—changes that have increased school funding and produced a fairer distribution of funds. A prodigious scholar who has published more than 250 journal articles and chapters and 35 books and monographs, Professor Odden significantly enhanced the research in ELPA on educational policy through his own scholarship and his impact on the scholarship of ELPA students and colleagues.


Kent Peterson

Image of Kent PetersonKent Peterson, a graduate of Amherst College with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, has spent his entire professional life as a scholar of K-12 leadership.  His research and publications have made both theoretical and empirical contributions to the literature on the leadership of school principals and the nature of their daily work, along with his scholarship on organizational culture in schools. As founding director of several Principals Institutes, through his teaching, research, and consulting throughout the nation and world, he has helped hundreds of principals’ re-envision and enhance their leadership. He has chaired 30 dissertation committees and advised graduate students at all levels.  Moreover, his research includes over 90 major studies and articles along with two landmark publications in the field (both co-authored with Terrence Deal): The Leadership Paradox: Balancing Logic and Artistry in Schools and Shaping School Culture: The Heart of Leadership.


Al Phelps

Image of Al PhelpsCurrently a senior scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, L. Allen Phelps provided exemplary leadership for over four decades as a faculty member and center director at UW-Madison, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Penn State. His research and teaching focused on policy innovation and leadership in career and technical education, high schools, and two-year colleges.  Along with his scholarship and gift for securing external funding, Phelps has brought national attention to such educational innovations as individualized learning plans, school-to-work transitions for students with disabilities, and the alignment of college and career readiness.  His scholarship has informed both scholars and practitioners about the role of inquiry in examining the influence of education-workplace linking initiatives on improving both student learning and graduate outcomes in career and technical education, secondary special education, and other special initiatives.  Over the past decade, eight of his Ph.D. students have served as presidents of community and technical colleges in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Arkansas. 

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