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Carolyn Carr

Professor and Chair

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Carolyn Carr serves as Professor and Chair of the Educational Leadership Department and Director of the Doctor of Education in Leadership Program. She has enjoyed a long and varied career as an educator, serving as a public school teacher, counselor, associate school psychologist, and school administrator at all levels of public schools, in both regular and special education. Prior to coming to Lewis & Clark, she served as Director of the Cooperative Educational Leadership Doctoral Program with the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas-Pan American; Coordinator of the Educational Leadership Program at Eastern Washington University; and Coordinator of Administrative Licensure at Portland State University. Carolyn has served on the Plenum Committee of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and the Executive Board of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration(NCPEA).  She was founding president of the Oregon Professors of Educational Administration (ORPEA). Her most recent scholarship centers around fostering equity and social justice as she serves on the State Executive Board and Steering Committee for the Oregon Leadership Network.  Building bridges of collaboration and understanding for positive change in education and society is a life-long goal.  In 2012 she was awarded the Tom Ruhl Ally Award by the Oregon Association of Latino Administrators for leadership in areas of equity and cultural competence.

Personal Statement

In my work as an educator, I share the following beliefs of Robert Greenleaf: 

The servant-leader is servant first…. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead…. The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant—first to make sure that other people’s highest-priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And: what is the effect on the least privileged in society; will they benefit or, at least, not be further deprived? (Servant Leadership, pp. 13-14)

I find Lewis & Clark the perfect venue for me to strive to live this philosophy.

Areas of Expertise

Educational leadership, equity and social justice, ethics, school law, politics, and policy

Current Research

As Director of Research for the Oregon Professors of Educational Administration Carolyn has led colleagues in several state wide studies for the Oregon Department of Education focused on the implementation of the new Oregon administrator license standards by universities, school districts and professional organizations.  Follow up studies have investigated the impact of those standards on preparation programs in Oregon.  Currently she is a member of the writing team for the Leadership for Equity Assessment (LEAD) Project of the Oregon Leadership Network.

Publications

  • Carr, C. S. (2012). Professional development: A paradigm designed for women.  InWomen leaders:  Advancing careers, B. J. Irby and G. Brown, (Eds.). InfoAge Publishing Company.
  • Carr, C. S., Aguilera, D., Shelton, M., Flad, B., Howser, M., & Cathers, S. (2009).The landscape of leader preparation, evaluation & development in Oregon’s schools..  Research Study in 5 parts prepared for the Oregon Department of Education, Oregon Leadership Network Project.  Salem:  Department of Education: Oregon Leadership Network.
  • Carr, C., Shelton, M., McCullum, P., Weitzel, B., Aguilera, D., & Plinski, C. (2009).The measure of student proficiency and cultural competence in Oregon leadership preparation programs. Research Study prepared for the Oregon Department of Education, Oregon Leadership Network Project.  Salem:  Department of Education: Oregon Leadership Network.
  • Carr, C. S., & Ruhl, T. (Eds). (February 2008). Special issue: Transforming myths: From interagency competition to collaboration, or the small state that tried and succceeded. NCPEA Educational Leadership Review9 (1).  
  • Carr, C. S. (2005, Winter).  Evolution of a leadership preparation program in the 21st century.  NCPEA Education Leadership Review, 6(1), 33-41.  Huntsville, Tx:  National Council of Professors of Educational Administration.
  • Carr, C. S. & Fulmer, C. Eds. (2004).  National Council of Professors of Educational Administration 2004 Yearbook: Educational leadership: Knowing the way, showing the way, going the way. Lanham, Maryland:  Scarecrow Press.
  • Harris. S.; Ballenger, J.; Hicks-Townes, F.; Carr, C.; & Alford, B.  (2004).  Winning Women:  Women leaders in education.  Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Education Press.
  • Lunenburg, F. & Carr, C. S.  Eds. (2003).  National Council of Professors of Educational Administration 2003 Yearbook: Shaping the future: Policy, partnerships and emerging perspectives.  Lanham, Maryland:  Scarecrow Press.
  • Carr, C. S., Chenoweth, T., & Ruhl, T. (2003).  Best practices in educational administrator preparation. In National Council of Professors of Educational Administration 2003 Yearbook.  F. Lunenburg  & C. S. Carr (Eds). Lanham, Maryland:  Scarecrow Press.
  • Carr, C. S.  (2002). Public schools and private profit:  The challenge of educational management organizations. In A school for every child:  School choice in America today.  S. Harris, and S. L. T. Lowery (Eds).  Lanham, Maryland:  The Scarecrow Press, Inc.

Presentations

  • National Council of Professors of Educational Administration’s (NCPEA) Annual Summer Conference,    Portland, OR – August 2-5, 2011.  Accepted paper session: Walking Social Justice Talk, with Mollie Galloway
  • National Council of Professors of Educational Administration’s (NCPEA) Annual Summer Conference,    Portland, OR – August 2-5, 2011.  Accepted paper session:  Latino Student Success in Oregon High Schools, with Deborah Peterson.
  • National Council of Professors of Educational Administration’s (NCPEA) Annual Summer Conference,    Portland, OR – August 2-5, 2011.  Accepted paper session:  Leadership for Equity Assessment Rubric, with Rob Larson, Ann Ishimaru, and Mollie Galloway.
  • National Council of Professors of Educational Administration’s (NCPEA) Annual Summer Conference,    San Antonio,TX – August 6, 2009.  Accepted paper session: Assessing Leader Competence for Oregon’s Children. Presented with Marc Shelton (Refereed).
  • Oregon Leadership Network Spring Institute, Portland, Oregon. April 19, 2011.  Invited Panel Member on Developing Culturally Competent Administrators for Equity:  A Higher Education Perspective
  • Oregon Association of Latino Administrators, Portland, OR. February 6, 2010.  The Measure of Student Proficiency and Cultural Competence in Oregon Leadership Preparation Programs. Presented with Marc Shelton (Invited)
  • National Council of Professors of Educational Administration’s (NCPEA) Annual Summer Conference,    San Antonio,TX – August 6, 2009.  Accepted paper session: Assessing Leader Competence for Oregon’s Children. Presented with Marc Shelton (Refereed).
  • University Council of Educational Administration Annual Meeting, November 5-9, 2003.  Portland Oregon.  Accepted roundtable session:  Teaching ethics in a culturally pluralistic classroom.  Presented with Ernestine Enomoto and Bruce Kramer. (Refereed)
  • University Council of Educational Administration Annual Meeting, November 5-9, 2003.  Portland Oregon.  Accepted symposium session:  State Action for Educational Leadership Preparation: A Unique Collaboration of School Districts, Universities and Department of Education.  Presented with Bill Greenfield, Nanci Schneider, Tom Ruhl, Kay Mechas. (Refereed)

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. 1992, M.A. 1978, B.A. 1966 The University of Texas at Austin

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