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Steve Tozer



  • Higher Ed: Education 


Steve Tozer is a Professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and founding Coordinator of the Ed.D. Program in Urban Education Leadership. He is past president of the American Educational Studies Association and the Council for Social Foundations of Education. He was Head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Chair of Policy Studies at UIC. In journals such as Educational Foundations, Educational Studies, Teachers College Record, and Educational Theory, Tozer has explored the origins of the field of social foundations of education in teacher and administrator development.  


Tozer's district-level collaborations in school leader development have been funded by the Eli Broad Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, Chicago Public Education Fund, McCormick Foundation, and others. He speaks frequently to national audiences on the increases in student performance that UIC-led schools are documenting. He chaired the Illinois Board of Higher Education Legislative Task Force on School Leadership Preparation that recommended restructuring school leader preparation in Illinois.  


Tozer is lead editor of the Handbook of Research in Social Foundations of Education (Routledge) and lead author of School and Society, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives ( 6th Edition, McGraw Hill).