UCEA Headquarters doctoral student Amy Reynolds interviews Executive Committee candidate Daniel L. Duke.
After teaching high school social studies and serving as a secondary school administrator, Dan Duke embarked on a career in higher education. For almost four decades he has taught courses on educational leadership, organizational change, and school reform as well as conducting research on various aspects of public schools. After serving on the faculties of Lewis and Clark College and Stanford University, he came to the University of Virginia as Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Duke founded and directed the Thomas Jefferson Center for Educational Design and helped establish the Darden-Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (PLE), a unique enterprise involving the Curry School of Education and the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. He served as Research Director for the PLE, conducting a number of studies of school turnaround leadership. A prolific writer, Duke has authored or co-authored 32 books and several hundred scholarly publications. His most recent books include THE CHALLENGES OF EDUCATIONAL CHANGE (2004), EDUCATION EMPIRE: THE EVOLUTION OF AN EXCELLENT SUBURBAN SCHOOL SYSTEM (2005), TEACHERS’ GUIDE TO SCHOOL TURNAROUNDS (2007), THE LITTLE SCHOOL SYSTEM THAT COULD: TRANSFORMING A CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (2008), DIFFERENTIATING SCHOOL LEADERSHIP (2010), and THE CHALLENGES OF SCHOOL DISTRICT LEADERSHIP (2010). A highly regarded consultant, Duke has worked with over 150 school systems, state agencies, foundations, and governments across the United States and abroad. He has been actively involved in UCEA, serving as Plenum representative and President, helping to create the Center for Leadership and Ethics, co-developing the Thousand Voices from the Firing Line initiative, and participating in the ISLDN High Needs School Group.
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