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Message from the Department Chairperson


Francine Hultgren Message from the Department Chair,
Dr. Francine Hultgren

Welcome to the website of our Department of Teaching and Learning, 
Policy and Leadership (TLPL). With a history now of five years since the creation of our merged department as a result of reorganization, I liken the work we have done in the formation of what we have become to Maxine Greene’s reference to history as a “life-form.” We have shaped our emerging identity narratives in ways that do not duplicate other narratives. This work “does not depend upon representation; it depends on creation and invention, preferably among others who are also in quest.”

Given the rich potential that we had the opportunity to create, by bringing together the disciplinary fields of policy and leadership with curriculum and instruction, we chose a landscape that uniquely brought together our identity formation at the graduate level (Ph.D. and M.A.) around six new specializations: Education Policy and Leadership; Language, Literacy, and Social Inquiry; Mathematics and Science Education; Minority and Urban Education; Teacher Education and Professional Development; Technology and Leadership. The Department’s initial certification programs in a multiplicity of pathways prepare students to assume positions as education leaders and teachers in various content arenas and specializations, to include the Master’s Certification Program (MCERT).

The Division structure is the intellectual center of the Department. The Science, Technology and Mathematics Education division focuses on knowledge foundations related to science, technology, and mathematics. The Language, Literacy, and Social Inquiry division focuses on knowledge foundations related to language, literacy, culture, arts integration and society. The Education Policy and Leadership division focuses on knowledge foundations related to curriculum theory, education policy, leadership studies, sociocultural foundations, social studies education, teacher education/professional development, and minority and urban education.

This structure also promotes collaboration between Divisions and the Department Centers (Center for Math Education, Multilingual Research Center, Center for Science and Technology in Education, and the Maryland Equity Project) in areas of complementary scholarly interests and expertise of faculty. As colleagues, we share interests in themes that cut across division boundaries, such as culture, social justice, policy, learning, technology, teacher and leader preparation, professional development, and pedagogy. These themes provide opportunities to develop interdisciplinary programs and research agendas.  We invite you to explore what our TLPL community has to offer as you visit our website.

Francine Hultgren
Professor and Chair, TLPL