USF Welcomes New Dean for the School of Education

The University of San Francisco (USF) proudly announces the hiring of Kevin K. Kumashiro, the new dean of the School of Education. In his role, Kumashiro will lead the USF's School of Education in its commitment to human service and the advancement of learning for those aspiring and practicing educators, counselors, and school leaders. He will begin his tenure at USF on July 16.

"Through his leadership to the profession, Dr. Kumashiro brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of experience to the School of Education and the University of San Francisco," said USF Provost Jennifer Turpin. "As dean of the School of Education, he will shape the future of education for students in the Bay Area and beyond. We welcome him and look forward to his contributions, especially toward making schools more effective and equitable."

Kevin Kumashiro is the founding director of the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education (CAOE). He is currently a professor of Asian American Studies and Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he was formerly chair of Educational Policy Studies, interim co-director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, and coordinator of Asian American Studies. He is the primary investigator and director of the UIC AANAPISI Initiative, funded by $4 million in U.S. Department of Education grants to support Asian American and Pacific Islander students in higher education.

Kumashiro also serves as the president of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), and as president-elect, served as chair of its 21st and 22nd annual international conferences in 2011 and 2012. He is a founding member and lead organizer of the Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education (CReATE), which produces research briefs and organizes public events that aim to reframe the debates on public-school reforms.

"I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as the next dean of the School of Education, and I look forward to building on the inspiring history and deep engagement of the University of San Francisco as we strive to make our schools and societies into more just places for everyone," Kumashiro said.

Kumashiro has taught various disciplines and grade levels in private and public elementary and secondary schools. He has served as a consultant for school board districts, and coordinated professional development opportunities for educators giving numerous presentations and workshops for students and faculty across the United States and abroad. Many of his works are based on his experiences as an educator, and personal research on anti-oppressive education theory, which encompasses approaches to education that actively challenge varied forms of oppression and improve education. Kumashiro is the author of nine books on anti-oppressive education and activism, including "Troubling Education," recipient of the 2003 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, and his most recent, "Bad Teacher!: How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture."

Kumashiro earned his master's degree and Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies from the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The USF School of Education began in 1947, and currently offers graduate programs on-campus (San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, San José, and Pleasanton), as well as online. For more information about School of Education programs, please visit www.usfca.edu/soe.

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