José A. López is the Director of the CSUEB Doctor of Education degree program, Educational Leadership for Social Justice. He has been a faculty member of the Dept. of Educational Leadership since 1994. He has served as Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership on three occasions most recently until June 2008.
Prior to his employment at CSUEB, he was a public school administrator in Texas. He served in five school districts as teacher, assistant principal, principal, director, area and assistant superintendent and eventually superintendent of schools.
He is a native of Laredo, Texas and is married. He has three children and three grandchildren.
My current research explores the development of leadership for equity in public school. The low levels of achievement and high rates of dropout for poor kids and students of color in California schools call for a new form of courageous leadership.
Lopez, J.A., Magdaleno, K.R. & Reis-Mendoza, N. (2006 Fall). Developing Leadership for Equity: What is the Role of Leadership Preparation Programs?. Educational Leadership and Administration: Program Development and Teaching Journal.
Lopez, J. A., & Flessa, J. J. (2000). The question is not can administrator preparation grograms become more effective but how?. Department of Educational Leadership and Administration Program Development and Teaching Journal. (12, Fall,99-109).
Lopez, J. A. (2000). The teacher in a critical leadership role. In Ramirez ,L., & Ballardo, O. (Eds.). Transformative approaches to ulticultural education. Allyn and Bacon.
Lopez, J.A. & Garcia, R.C., "Taming the recalcitrant phenomenon of educational reform:, October 26, 2006, Washington, D.C., Phi Delta Kappa International Summit on Public Education,
Lopez, J.A., Magdaleno, K., Arriaza, G. & Cuellar, A. "From faces to names", August 3, 2006, La Jolla, California, California Latino Superintendents Association Summer Institute.
Lopez, J.A., Magdaleno, K., Arriaza, G. & Cuellar, A., "Leadership for Equity", March 16, 2006, Sacramento, Presentation at the California Association of Professors of Educational Administration spring conference
Lopez, J.A. & Love, R. B, Joint Doctoral Program: Leadership for Equity, October 20, 2005, Atlanta, Georgia, Council of Great City Schools
Lopez, J.A. & Lambert, L. "Building Leadership Capacity,", July 13, 2003, Pinnellas, Florida., Smaller Learning Communities conference, Pinnellas County Schools
Chair & Commissioner, Hayward Unified School District, Personnel Commission
Program Reviewer, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Member, CSU-Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate
Member, CSU Doctoral Committee