Dr. Mónica Byrne-Jiménez, associate professor and co-director of Hofstra University’s doctoral program in Educational and Policy Leadership (ELP), has been appointed president-elect of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). This is an international consortium of universities with a mission to improve the preparation of educational leaders through preservice, graduate studies, and professional development programs and to promote the development of research, policy, and professional knowledge.
As president, Dr. Byrne-Jiménez will organize the 29th annual UCEA Convention in San Diego, California this November. The convention theme is “Re-Imagining the Frontiers of Education: Leadership With/In Transnational & Transcultural Spaces.”
Dr. Byrne-Jiménez earned a BA in Latin American Studies/Sociology from Columbia University, an MA in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan, and an EdD in Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. Before joining the Hofstra faculty, she worked in a number of urban settings, including as a K-6 bilingual teacher, Even Start coordinator, literacy instructional specialist, and as a trainer for the Accelerated Schools Center, a Teachers College program that works with students from disadvantaged schools.
She was co-developer of Northeast Consortium for Superintendent Leadership Advancement for early career superintendents. More recently she co-developed an on-line curriculum, Leading for ELL Success, as part of a FIPSE grant through UCEA. She is also engaged in a longitudinal evaluation of a specialized program for Special Education leadership and works with principals of schools with students with disabilities. Her scholarly interests include leadership development for principals and superintendents, the intersection of ethnicity/identity in leadership, professional development as a vehicle for school improvement, and the role of facilitators in fostering adult learning.
She is coauthor of Developing Effective Principals Through Collaborative Inquiry (Teachers College Press) and has published in research and practitioner journals. She serves on the Executive Committee of the University Council for Educational Administration, as president of the Board of the Community Training and Assistance Center, and as past-president of the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University.
This past fall 2014, Dr. Byrne-Jiménez oversaw Hofstra’s launch of a new higher education concentration that is part of its doctoral program offerings in Educational and Policy Leadership (EPL). The EPL’s previously existing concentration in Pre-K-12 settings has produced graduates currently holding leadership positions in more than 90 local and regional school districts.