Full-Time Faculty

Jane Bleasdale

Department Chair

Dr. Bleasdale's research focused on equity and inclusion in Catholic Jesuit high schools and specifically the experience of Black, Latino and LGBTQ students. Dr. Bleasdale's career has been primarily in K-12 education serving as a high school administrator focusing on faculty development and mission and identity. Her professional experience also includes teaching graduate courses in organizational leadership, strategic planning, and preparing leaders for diverse educational settings. Dr....


PhD, Fordham University's Center for Catholic School Leadership


Creating communities of inclusion, LGBTQ experience and Catholic Education

Ursula Aldana

Assistant Professor, Catholic Educational Leadership
(415) 422-5891

Ursula S. Aldana is an Assistant Professor in the Catholic Educational Leadership (CEL) Program at the University of San Francisco. Her research focuses on K-12 teaching and leadership with regard to issues of equity and access for racially/ethnically and linguistically diverse students. She has conducted a range of studies focusing on language policy and practice; innovations in Catholic schools (elementary and high school); and the sociocultural competencies of teachers and students....


PhD, Education, Specialization: Urban Schooling, University of California, Los Angeles, MA, Elementary Education, Loyola Marymount University, California, BS, International Politics, Certificate: Latin American Studies, Georgetown University, DC

Emeriti Faculty

Patricia Mitchell

Associate Professor, Leadership Studies; Department Chair
(415) 422-2079

Professor Patricia Mitchell’s scholarly work focuses on gender inequity in higher education, including the disparity in women’s representation in higher education leadership. She has over three decades of experience working with school districts, major corporations, industry, religious organizations, training of teachers, designing curricula, conducting leadership workshops, and designing instructional materials. She has had experience across all levels of public education, ranging from...


PhD, Education, concentration: Educational Administration, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., MS, Education, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, BS, Elementary Education, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD