ABOUT THE CO-FOUNDERS OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERS WITHOUT BORDERS
ELWB Was Co-Founded By Two Long Time Colleagues And Friends, Dr. Rosemary Papa And Dr. Fenwick W. English. Their Collaboration And Joint Scholarship Spans A Decade Of Writing And Speaking Together At National And International Conferences, Seminars, And Symposia.
Dr. Rosemary Papa is currently The International professor of Comparative Leadership at Soka University of America in Southern California. From 2007 to 2018 she served as The Del and Jewel Lewis Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University. She has held Principal/Chief School Administrator, system level Assistant Vice Chancellor in the California State University System, Vice President for Sylvan Learning, Professor, Faculty Director of a University-based Center for Teaching and Learning in California and Founder of several joint doctoral programs between the University of California and the California State University System. She was the first women president of NCPEA/ICPEL in 1992. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Arizona School Administrators Outstanding Higher Education Administrator of the Year Award, was named a Living Legend by ICPEL in 2003 and received the 2015 Willystine Goodsell Award for her research on education of women and children by the American Educational Research Association’s, special interest group for research on women. She is the Founder and Executive Editor of the Journal of Education Policy (eJEP). Dr. Papa has published numerous articles in refereed academic journals, presented internationally at numerous conferences (AERA, ICPEA, CIES, CCEAM, CAIE, etc.) and over 25 academic books. Her most recent book (2019) School Violence in International Contexts: Perspectives from Educational Leaders Without Borders. She is currently the Editor in Chief for both the Oxford Encyclopedia in Educational Administration (2020) and the Springer Handbook Promoting Social Justice in Education (2020).
Dr. Fenwick W. English is currently professor and department chair of educational leadership at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Formerly he spent 17 years as the R. Wendell Eaves Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is past President of UCEA (2006-07) University Council of Educational Administration) and of NCPEA (2011-12) which is now ICPEL (International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership). He has presented his research at UCEA, AERA, NCPEA and overseas at BELMAS (British Educational Leadership and Management Association Society); CCEAM (Commonwealth Council of Education Administration and Management) and AARE (Australian Association of Research in Education). As a practitioner, Dr. English as served as a middle school principal and superintendent of schools as well as in the private sector a partner( principal) in KPMG Peat Marwick in Washington, D.C. In higher education he has been a department chair, dean of a school of education, and vice-chancellor of academic affairs (provost) at Purdue University Fort Wayne, Indiana. He co-founded the refereed academic journal The International Journal of Educational Reform in 1992. He also served as General Editor of the 2006 two volume SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration and two editions of the SAGE Handbook of Educational Leadership: Advances in Theory, Research and Practice in 2005 and 2011. Over a thirty year period he has published over 42 books and dozens of book chapters and refereed papers.
We believe education is a basic human right
"For the individual, education is the path to achievement and fulfillment; for the Nation, it is a path to a society that is not only free but civilized; and for the world, it is the path to peace—for it is education that places reason over force.”
(No Author, Former U.S. President Lyndon Johnson, 2012, October 22, p. 33)
Our Mission & Objectives
Our mission is the establishment of a global network of educational scholars and practitioners who have chosen to work on behalf of all children going to school. This means all children including girls in all countries. All children have a right to go to school. Our second objective is not to make schools as they exist more efficient at what they do, but to call into question what schools do in the first place and how they work or should work to provide greater equality to all children and their families. We know that in most countries schools are the agents of the nation state and its reproduction. Some nation states are determined to impose their dominance over others and to attain that dominance militarily, politically and economically. We call for educational leaders who resist and reject this purpose. We call for educational leaders who are reflexive, that is, they think about how they are thinking. They think about ways that their leadership can propel us towards greater equality, opportunity, and peace among nations and within nations. To do so educational leaders must be able to step outside of their nation’s political borders and work towards political parity and the abandonment of the practice and traditions of sexism, misogyny, nativism, racism and xenophobia. Educational leaders without boarders promotes leadership that always has one foot in the future, and that future is about creating a more caring, fair, peaceful and humane world.
As a group of world educational scholars, ELWB has begun a robust and far-reaching program of research, scholarship and publications. This agenda calls into questions practices, traditions, and policies that limit the rights of all children to become educated and to learn how to do critical thinking which prevents them from becoming responsible citizens of the world. These publications are supported by the Springer International Publishing Company of Amsterdam and are available for purchase. The books are as follows:
School Violence in International Contexts: Perspectives from Educational Leaders Without Borders, Rosemary Papa (Ed.) (2019). Springer International Publishing, AG.
'Educational Leaders Without Borders: Rising to Global Challenges to Educate All, Rosemary Papa & Fenwick English (Eds.) (2016). Springer International Publishing, AG.
Framing an International Imaginative Identity: A Monograph on Educational Leaders Without Borders, Rosemary Papa & Fenwick English (2014). Free, Open Access Monograph
Original Letter from The Founders