Michelle D. Young, Ph.D., is the dean of the LMU School of Education, and a professor of educational leadership and policy. Young received her Ph.D in educational policy, planning and leadership in 1997 from the University of Texas at Austin, her master of education in special education with an emphasis on learning disabilities and second language learners in 1993 from the University of Texas at Austin, and her bachelor of arts in sociology and political science from Southwestern University in 1989.
She comes to LMU from the University of Virginia, where she has been a professor of educational leadership and policy, chair of the Department of Education leadership, Foundations and Policy, and executive director of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). Young also serves on a number of national policy and academic boards, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA) SIG Executive Board, the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA), and top tier journal editorial boards like the Educational Administration Quarterly, the American Educational Research Journal, and Leadership and Policy in Schools.
Young has co-edited or co-authored six books and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Her scholarship focuses on how university programs, educational policies and school leaders can support equitable and quality experiences for all students and adults who learn and work in schools. She has edited two editions of the “Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders,” and is currently editing the “Handbook of Critical Research Methods in Education.” Young has been the recipient of multiple awards for her writing, including the William J. Davis Award for most outstanding article, an Emerald Literati Award for Excellence, and was recently awarded the prestigious Edwin M. Bridges Award for her contributions to research on the preparation of education leaders.
Throughout her career, she has developed and sustained a reputation as an innovative, civic-minded, ethical leader with a strong commitment to diversity and social justice. Young recently completed her 19th year as executive director of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), an international consortium of more than 100 research institutions with master- and doctoral-level programs in educational leadership and administration. As executive director of UCEA, Young worked with universities, practitioners, and state and national leaders to improve the preparation and practice of school and school system leaders and to develop a dynamic base of knowledge on excellence in educational leadership; provided leadership for the development of the Professional Standards for Educational Leadership and the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards, which guide the development and accreditation review of educational leadership preparation programs; and led both state-wide and institutional reviews of educational leadership development programs. She also co-founded and co-directs the INSPIRE Leadership Collaborative. Her work has significantly increased the focus of research on leadership preparation and brought research to bear on the work of policy makers. Upon her retirement from the UCEA, Young was granted emeritus status.
Equity, improvement and capacity development have been central to Young’s work as a researcher and an organizational leader. From efforts to diversify the education leadership professoriate and the school leadership pipeline (e.g., mentoring programs, policy initiatives, research projects), to developing a diverse board of directors for UCEA, she searched for and found new opportunities for impact and growth. For example, as UCEA executive director, she led the development of the Barbara Jackson Network, a program to provide doctoral students of color with a system of support, significantly expand the number of faculty of color in colleges of education, and enhance the ability of universities to recruit people of color into K-12 administrative programs. The Jackson Scholars program fundamentally changed the diversity of UCEA membership, increased the diversity of the educational leadership professoriate, and influenced the priorities and decisions of UCEA as an organization.