Dr. Mónica Byrne-Jiménez, associate professor and co-director of the Hofstra University School of Education’s doctoral program in Educational and Policy Leadership, has been elected president of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).
UCEA is an international consortium of universities committed to improving the preparation of educational leaders through preservice, graduate studies and professional development programs, and to promoting the development of research, policy and professional knowledge.
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 held many roles in urban settings, including K-6 bilingual teacher, Even Start coordinator, literacy instructional specialist, and trainer for the Accelerated Schools Center, a Teachers College program that works with students from disadvantaged schools.
She was co-developer of the Northeast Consortium for Superintendent Leadership Advancement for early career superintendents. More recently she co-developed an online curriculum, Leading for ELL (English Language Learner) Success, as part of a U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education 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 that enroll 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 as president of the Board of Directors of the Community Training and Assistance Center, and is past-president of the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University.
In 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.