Faculty


Jane Bleasdale

Department Chair, Full-Time Faculty

Professor Bleasdale is an assistant professor and department chair of leadership studies in the School of Education. Born and raised in England by parents who were both educators, she knew at an early age that teaching was her vocation. She has lived and taught in the UK, the Bahamas, and now the US, and her career has been primarily in K-12 education, serving as a high school administrator focusing on equity and inclusion through personnel and student development. Professor Bleasdale started...

Education:

Fordham University, PhD Education Leadership and Policy, 2014, Seton Hall University, MA Administration and Supervision, 2003, Exeter University, P.G.C.E.,1993, St. Mary's College, University of Surrey, BA in English and Theology/Religious Studies 1992

Expertise:

Equity and Inclusion K - 12 Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Leadership Theories ( focus on Critical Feminism), Catholic Educational Leadership ( focus on equity and inclusion BIPOC , LGBTQIA+ )

Ursula Aldana

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

Ursula S. Aldana is an Associate 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....

Education:

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

Jane Bleasdale

Assistant Professor

Professor Bleasdale is an assistant professor and department chair of leadership studies in the School of Education. Born and raised in England by parents who were both educators, she knew at an early age that teaching was her vocation. She has lived and taught in the UK, the Bahamas, and now the US, and her career has been primarily in K-12 education, serving as a high school administrator focusing on equity and inclusion through personnel and student development. Professor Bleasdale started...

Education:

Fordham University, PhD Education Leadership and Policy, 2014, Seton Hall University, MA Administration and Supervision, 2003, Exeter University, P.G.C.E.,1993, St. Mary's College, University of Surrey, BA in English and Theology/Religious Studies 1992

Expertise:

Equity and Inclusion K - 12 Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Leadership Theories ( focus on Critical Feminism), Catholic Educational Leadership ( focus on equity and inclusion BIPOC , LGBTQIA+ )

Danfeng Koon

Co-Director, Transformative School Leadership Program, Assistant Professor, Leadership Studies
(415) 422-4346

Danfeng Soto-Vigil Koon is an Assistant Professor in the Leadership Studies department in the School of Education and the Faculty Co-Director of the Transformative School Leadership Program. Her research focuses on educational law and policy as a site of contestation and explores the ways that education law and policy further or impede efforts to create a more just society. Her passion and commitment to public education are informed by her work as an educator, lawyer, and organizer. Her courses...

Education:

PhD, University of California, Berkeley, JD, University of Maryland School of Law, EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education, BA, Economics and Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Darrick Smith

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5802

Dr. Smith is the founder and former Director of the TryUMF (pronounced "triumph") program in his hometown of Oakland, CA and formerly served as the Co-Director/Principal of the June Jordan School for Equity in San Francisco. He has served as a trainer and administrative coach in local school districts as well as a Center Director under the Foundation for California Community Colleges — the system for which he still consults as a trainer for the statewide Professional Learning Network....

Education:

San Francisco State University, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, 2012, New College of California, MA in Humanities 2006, UC Santa Cruz , BA in Sociology, 1996