EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY
Critical Policy Analysis; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Global Issues; Educational Policy; Mental Health; Legal Issues; Urban Education; Politics of Education; Qualitative Research Methods
Melinda Lemke is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. An interdisciplinary, qualitative educational policy researcher, her body of work focuses on the politics of education and how public education centers the wellbeing and rights of historically underserved and marginalized students. The first area is concerned with how power and normative values affect educational policy development and implementation, toward the end of understanding for whom do these processes work. The second investigates policy actor decision-making, with the aim of making visible the complex and nuanced ways neoliberal sociopolitical culture shapes such processes. Situating her work within critical and feminist theoretical traditions, both areas have included a focus on the dynamics driving and educational responses to forced displacement and gender-based violence. She currently is engaged on transdisciplinary research projects concerning preservice teacher implicit bias, as well as food insecurity and bystander intervention to teen dating violence with faculty in school counseling and public health, respectively.
Melinda's research and teaching are shaped by previous work in sexual assault prevention and survivor advocacy and a career in U.S. urban secondary public education. Some of her career honors include a Fulbright Fellowship, James Madison Memorial Fellowship, NEH Grant and Outstanding Teaching Award, National Board Certification, Gilder Lehrman Fellowship, Clark National Graduate Fellowship, and GSE Faculty Residency. Melinda currently teaches in the Educational Administration and Educational Leadership and Policy for Equity (ELPE) minor programs. She previously taught in the Economics and Educational Policy Analysis program, and served as ELPE program director.
• UB Community for Excellence in Global Health Equity (Bridging Projects, Global Child, Refugee Health and Wellbeing co-Lead)
• UB Gender Institute
• University Council for Educational Administration, Plenary Representative
• University of Huddersfield, International Advisory Group for the Ni3 Centre for the Prevention of Gender-based Violence
• ELP 200: Foundations of Education Policy & Leadership for Social Justice
• ELP 405: Sociology of Education
• ELP 500: The Nature of Inquiry
• ELP 652: Leadership and Policy for Inclusion
• ELP 687: Introduction to Qualitative Methodology & Design (EDA)
• ELP 689: Critical Policy Analysis
• ELP 695: Education Policy and Economic Justice