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Michael P. O'Malley, Ed.D.

Chair Michael P. O'Malley

Phone: (512) 245-8851
Office: ED 4030

Michael P. O’Malley, Ed.D. is Chair and Professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology. He served as a Fulbright Scholar in Chile from August 2012 – January 2013. Dr. O’Malley teaches in both the Ph.D. in Education-School Improvement and M.Ed./M.A. in Educational & Community Leadership programs at Texas State University. His research interests include leadership for educational equity, public pedagogy, curriculum studies, and internationalization and education. Working within intersections of critical and poststructural frameworks, Dr. O’Malley’s recent research projects have involved social justice frameworks in K-12 principal preparation programs nationally, leadership effects on a national school improvement initiative in Chile, pedagogies of social transformation in Chile via institutions and social movements, and rethinking qualitative methodologies for critical participatory research with youth. He directs Project LEARN-Chile, a transnational research and learning collaboration across doctoral programs in education at Texas State, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, and Universidad Diego Portales. This project was funded by 100,000 Strong in the Americas, President Obama’s signature educational initiative in the Western Hemisphere, and the U.S. Embassy in Santiago. Dr. O’Malley serves as Associate Director of Publications for the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).

A former secondary school teacher, assistant principal for academic affairs, and principal, Dr. O’Malley earned his doctorate in education from Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia under the direction of Dr. Jeanne F. Brady and holds degrees in philosophy and theology. He is also a Visiting Scholar with Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago de Chile and the Leadership Academy of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He has lectured internationally in Chile and at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria. Selected publications appear in Review of Educational Research (ranked first in Education/Education Research journals), Educational Administration Quarterly, Educational Studies, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership,  Journal of Curriculum Studies, Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Sociology, Teacher Education & Practice, Urban Education, Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, Critical Approaches to Education Policy Analysis (edited by Young & Diem), Postcolonialism, Globalization, and Education: Engaging Identities, Cultures, and Curriculum (edited by Asher, Grinage, & Kolb), the Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Diversity and Equity (edited by Tillman & Scheurich), and he is co-editor of the books Problematizing Public Pedagogy (Routledge) and The Articulation of Curriculum and Pedagogy for a Just Society: Advocacy, Artistry, and Activism (Educator’s International Press). Dr. O’Malley has presented his scholarship recently at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, the University Council for Educational Administration Annual Convention, the Texas Association of School Boards Summer Leadership Institute (San Antonio & Fort Worth), and will be giving a keynote address for the 2017 Congreso Interdisciplinario de Investigación en Educación (Interdisciplinary Congress on Educational Research) in Chile.

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