Program Advisor, Education Leadership and Policy for Equity Minor
EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY
Gender Studies; Educational Policy; Leadership; Mental Health; Politics of Education; Qualitative Research Methods
A native of Niagara Falls, New York, Melinda Lemke is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. Her research is situated within two substantive areas of educational policy and leadership research – the politics of education and underserved youth. The first area examines how power influences educational policy, leadership, and schooling processes. The second is concerned with how educational actors operate within complex sociopolitical and normative environments to positively affect marginalized youth educational experience. To this end, Melinda has researched curriculum policy implementation, youth trafficking, immigration, and refugee policy, gender issues in education, violence prevention, and educational leadership and teaching responses to youth trauma. Rooted in critical, feminist, and interdisciplinary traditions, her teaching primarily centers on the social contexts of schooling, neoliberal educational reform, multi-sector collaboration, practitioner positionality and self-care, and leadership for social justice. Melinda teaches in the Educational Administration and the Economics and Educational Policy Analysis programs. She also is the program advisor for the Education Leadership and Policy for Equity (ELPE) minor, a UB Community of Excellence in Global Health Equity fellow, and Gender Institute affiliate. Melinda is an editorial board member of Leadership and Policy in Schools, and her work is published in the American Journal of Sexuality Education, Educational Policy, and Policy Futures in Education. Prior to her position at UB, Melinda was a postdoctoral research associate for the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People at Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom. She also brings a career in U.S. urban public high school social studies teaching and administration to her work at UB.