I am the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Education at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. My experience in higher education includes faculty roles in urban education, leadership and policy studies, and administrative roles in graduate education, assessment and academic affairs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. I served in K-12 schools as a middle grades principal and language arts teacher for 13 years prior to transitioning to higher education. My research focuses on educational leadership and issues of social justice in U.S. public education.