Meet Our Team
Dr. Christa Boske, Ed.D.Associate Professor 316-i White Hall
Area: FLA - EDADcboske@kent.edu
As Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of PreK-12 Educational Administration, Christa works to encourage school leaders to promote humanity in schools, especially for children and families from historically disenfranchised populations. Christa's line of inquiry focuses on the intersections of the cognitive and affective domains of school leadership with a particular focus on how school leaders transform their sense of self to lead for social justice and equity in schools. This line of inquiry is organized into three specific areas of interest: A) The influence of beliefs and attitudes on school practices, B) Pedagogical practices and programmatic structures within preparation programs, and C) The study and support of school leaders as they address social justice issues within their school communities. Over the last three years, Christa has collaborated with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Esperanza, Minority Male Achievement, Ambition Limitless, Honor Good Deeds, Dare2Care, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN), Parents Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Equality Ohio, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Northeast Ohio Diversity Center, Sistah Sinema, Welcoming Schools, CANAPI, Medina Out,Arts Inspired Education, and over 45 school leaders and teachers to create free workshops promoting culturally responsive practices and policies to improve learning environments for all children. Christa's most recent research has been published in journals including: Journal of School Leadership, International Journal of Multicultural Education, Journal of Research, Leadership and Education, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, Multicultural and Technology Journal, Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, High School Journal, National Forum of Educational Administration and Supervision Journal, International Journal of Educational Management, Planning and Changing, Academic Exchange Quarterly, Journal of Educational Considerations, National Council of Professors in Education Administration Yearbook, and Connexions. She has also presented more than 50 national/international presentations and published over 20 book chapters. Two recent chapters include "Creating social justice leaders: Building bridges between school leaders and communities they serve" in Carolyn Shield's (2012) Transformative Leadership (Peter Lang); "Using the senses in reflective practice to prepare women for transforming their learning spaces" in Sherman & Mansfield's (2014) Women interrupting, disrupting, and revolutionizing educational policy and practice (Information Age Publishing); and "Critical reflective practices: Connecting to social justice" in Bogotch & Shields (2014), International Handbook of Social [In] Justice and Educational Leadership (Springer). Christa co-edited thre books, which included: 1) Educational leadership: Building bridges between ideas, schools and nations (Information Age Publishing); 2) Global leadership for social justice: Taking it from the field to practice (co-edited with Dr. Sarah Diem) (Emerald Publishing); and Building bridges: Connecting educational leadership and social justice to improve schools (2010) (co-edited with Autumn Tooms) (Information Age Publishing). Christa has two new exciting books coming out in 2015 (co-editor Dr. Azadeh Osanloo). For the first time, the voices of children, families, teachers, school leaders, community organizers, and scholars are weaved into powerful narratives focusing on pertinent issues facing school communities. These publications include: Students, teachers, and leaders addressing bullying in schools (Sense Publishing) and Living the work: Promoting social justice and equity work in schools around the world (Emerald Publishing). These books received phenomenal reviews including: "At a time when local, national and global communities are regularly faced with issues of social justice along comes Living the Work: Promoting Social Justice and Equity in Schools Around the World. The book is easily accessible, timely, and serves as a constant reminder of how theory and practice are epitomized as having a natural connection. Masterfully put together, the net effect is inspirational, deeply insightful, and has the potential to dramatically transform the field of leadership for social justice. It’s a must-read for all who have a vested interest in promoting equity, cross-cultural collaboration, access, and social justice. -Anthony H. Normore, Department Chair, Special Education at California State University Dominguez Hills. And others including Judy Shepard, Founder of the Matt Shepard Foundation; Paul Gorski, Founder of EdChange and George Mason University; Johanna Eager, Director of Welcoming Schools, A Project from the Human Rights Campaign; Whitney Sherman Newcomb, Virginia Commonwealth University; Noelle Arnold Witherspoon, UCEA President; George Theoharis at Syracuse University; Deidre McPherson, Founder of Sista Sinema; Carolyn Shields at Wayne State University; Eliza Byard, Executive Director of GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network); Christopher Knaus at the University of Washington; Jeffrey S. Brooks at Monash University, Gaëtane Jean-Marie at the University of Louisville, Sonya Douglass Horsford at George Mason University; Floyd D. Beachum, Bennett Associate Professor of Educational Leadership; Bruce Barnett at the University of Texas; and many more outstanding scholars and national organizational leaders committed to social justice and equity work around the world. Christa also serves on several editorial boards, is the Chair of the coillege's Diversity Committee, and is the Kent State University Plenum Representative for The University Council of Educational Administration. You can also connect with her @ http://www.linkedin.com/pub/christa-boske/28/b75/36b.
Dr. Chinasa ElueAssistant Professor 316 E White Hall
Area: FLA - EDADcordu@kent.edu
My research agenda focuses on issues of educational access and equity for underserved student populations across the P-20 continuum. My research consists of three interconnected lines of inquiry. The first strand of my research agenda explores the college choice decisions of marginalized students, specifically, rural student populations, and the different factors that impact their college choice decisions. My second line of inquiry explores issues of educational access for immigrant student populations. Lastly, my third line of inquiry examines how law and policy, research, and practice connect to explore issues that impact the educational opportunities for marginalized student populations
Dr. Rosemary GornikAssistant Professor 316-L
Area: FLA - EDADrgornik@kent.edu
Rosemary Gornik earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1973 from Ohio University, and a masters in Educational Administration in 1983 from Cleveland State University. She completed the Case Western Reserve Professional Fellows Program in 1998, and earned her Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University in 2003. Rosemary started teaching elementary school in 1973, and became an elementary school principal in 1985. From 1991 through 2011, she served as a central office administator in the areas of curriculum, instruction and assessement, and retired as superintendent in 2013. Rosemary worked as an adjunct professor at Kent State University from 2003 through 2011 and joined the faculty full time after retireing from K-12 service in 2013.
Rosemary has expertise in developing and implementing new strategies to enhance education programs, with skills in designing and implementing school reform initiatives, anticipating evolution, and implementing change. She has success in motivating, empowering, and leading others, and the ability to establish and maintain long-term collaborative relationships with schools and community representatives.
Rosemary spent 2 years developing a program that encourages teachers to embrace and exemplify a professional identity that is disciplined, scholarly, and intellectual. This innovative vision in education enables students, teachers and administrators to build their capacity to journey through curriculum by engaging in balanced, holistic learning. Students acquire a deep understanding of subject matter while cultivating an understanding of the personal and social responsibilities of democratic living. Rosemary strives to develop teachers who are creative, critically-thinking problem-solvers who can then, in turn, lead and empower their students to blossom into creative, critically-thinking problem-solvers themselves. In addition, Rosemary helped develop and teach courses for a Teacher Leader Endorsement Program (TLEP) pilot program that gives teachers in the state of Ohio an endorsement on their license to become a Teacher Leader. Her publications include:
Co-Author (book), Transformative Curriculum Leadership 3rd Edition with James
Henderson. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Principal Author (chapter), Transformative Curriculum Leadership: Inspiring Democratic Inquiry Artistry ~ inCurriculum Work as Public Moral Enterprise: After the “Renaissance. Edited byRubén A. Gaztambide-Fernández, James Thomas Sears. Boulder, CO: Rowan & Littlefield.
Principal Author (chapter), Personal and Structural Challenges ~ in Curriculum Wisdom: Educational Decisions in Democratic Societies by James Henderson and Kathleen Kesson. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill/Prentice Hall.
Contributing Author (chapter), Transformative Curriculum Leadership 2nd Edition by James Henderson and Richard Hawthorne. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill/Prentice Hall.
Principal Author (chapter), Power of Public Engagement: A Beacon of Hope for America’s Schools . Edited by William G. O’Callaghan. Columbus, OH: Mohican Institute Press.