Educational Leadership and Policy
- Educational Policy
- Politics of Education
- Underserved Populations
- Gender and Leadership
- Critical Policy Analysis
- New Economy Educational Reforms
- Interprofessional Collaboration
- Leadership for Social Justice
Melinda Lemke is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, where she is a part of the Educational Administration and Economics and Education Policy Analysis programs. She also is the Program Advisor for the Education Leadership and Policy for Equity Minor and is a Gender Institute Affiliate. Melinda's research broadly focuses on educational policy, the politics of education, and underserved populations. She has researched state-level curriculum policy reform, human trafficking policy and prevention, policy implementation, and female leadership. Her teaching interests include critical policy analysis, new economy educational reform, leadership for social justice, researcher positionality, and interprofessional partnerships. Prior to joining the faculty at UB, Melinda was a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the College of Law and Criminology, Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People at Swansea University in the United Kingdom. She currently is an editorial board member of Leadership and Policy in Schools and also brings a lengthy career in U.S. urban public education and administrative curriculum development to her work at UB.
- PhD, Educational Policy and Planning, Women's and Gender Studies Concentration,
The University of Texas at Austin
- MEd, Curriculum and Instruction, Government Concentration,
The University of Texas at Austin
- BSED, Secondary Education; BA, History; Minor, Law,
- ELP 200: Foundations of Education Policy and Leadership for Social Justice
- ELP 405: Sociology of Education
- ELP 689: Critical Policy Analysis and the Policy-making Cycle
- ELP 695: Education Policy and Economic Justice
Representative Awards and Grants
- Postdoctoral Appointment, Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People, Swansea University, 2016
- American Educational Research Association, Politics of Education Association, Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2016
- American Educational Research Association, Division B - Curriculum Studies, Outstanding Dissertation Recognition Award, 2016
- Texas Center for the Judiciary, Texas Children’s Justice Act Program Scholarship, 2015, 2014
- The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate School Named Continuing Dissertation Fellow, 2014
- University Council for Educational Administration, David L. Clark Fellow in Educational Administration and Policy, 2013
- National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Texas Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities Award, 2011
- National Board Certification, Adolescence and Young Adulthood Social Studies, 2009
- U.S. Department of Education, Teaching American History Grant, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
- Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Grant, 2009
- National Endowment for the Humanities, Landmarks of American History and Culture Grant, 2008
- James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellow, 2003
- U.S. Department of State, J. William Fulbright Foreign Fellow, 2001
(Selected Current Publications)
Book Chapters and Briefs
Lemke, M. A. (May 2017). Addressing violence in schools: Feminist praxis and a pedagogy of risk. In J. L. Martin & M. L. Sharp-Grier (Eds.), Feminist pedagogy, practice, and activism: Improving the lives of girls and women (pp. 140-157). New York, NY: Routledge.
Lemke, M. (2016). Building anti-bullying and socially just school spaces: Educational context, dynamics, and research considerations. In A. Osanloo & J. Schwartz (Eds.), Creating and negotiating collaborative spaces for socially-just anti-bullying interventions for K-12 schools (pp. ix-xxi). Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing.
Lemke, M. (2016). Responding to a paucity of educational policy and leadership research on human trafficking. Politics of Education Association Bulletin, 43(1), 1, 4-10.
Lemke, M. (2015). Chapter 3, (Un)making the neoliberal agenda in public education: A critical discourse analysis of Texas high school social studies policy processes and standards. In K. M. Sturges (Ed.) and A. Darder (Forward), Neoliberalizing educational reform: America’s quest for profitable market colonies and the undoing of public good (pp. 53-77). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
Jabbar, H., Sun, W. H., Lemke, M., & Germain, E. (2016). Gender, markets, and inequality: A framework for examining how market-based reforms impact female leaders. Educational Policy: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Politics and Policy. doi: 10.1177/0895904816673740
Nsonwu, M., Welch-Brewer, C., Cook Heffron, L., Lemke, M., Busch-Armendariz, N., Sulley, C., Warren Cook, S., Lewis, M., Watson, E., Moore, W., Crume, Y., & Li, J. (2015). Development and validation of an instrument to assess social work students’ perceptions, knowledge, and attitudes about human trafficking (PKA-HT questionnaire): An exploratory study. Research on Social Work Practice, 1-11. doi: 10.1177/1049731515578537
Lemke, M., Lehr, M. D., & Calvoz, R. (2014). To be of use: A narrative roadmap for creating an open-access, peer-reviewed, graduate student educational journal. Texas Education Review, 2(1), 1-13.
Lemke, M. (2014). Thinking about student rights: Supreme Court precedent and the fate of student democratic engagement. Journal of Educational Policy, Planning, and Administration (JEPPA), 3(2), 77-89.