In a variety of ways, School Faculty members are responsible for and committed to providing leadership and service to the University and to their profession. This is accomplished through sustained effort on the part of the Faculty, guided by the principles and practices of cooperation, collaboration, and consultation. The wide range of experiences and expertise found among our faculty (and staff and students) enables the Faculty to address the challenges faced by leaders in School, College, and non-school settings. With this commitment comes an understanding that School Faculty can learn a great deal from colleagues on this and other campuses, as well as in school and non-school settings, and that working together profits all.

In seeking to contribute to the knowledge base of the profession and to improve educational practice, the School’s mission centers on working collaboratively with schools and colleges; businesses, community agencies and professional organizations; and families and local community groups. School Faculty view themselves as both learners and leaders in the process; School Faculty teach and also learn. School Faculty share their experiences and they also find out about the experiences of others; they disseminate and also receive. In the goal to foster a community of learners as problem-solvers, School Faculty strive to both lead and learn.

School Faculty recognize that if their efforts to provide high quality programs, exemplary instruction, and cutting edge research are to come to fruition, they must develop and maintain such collaborative relationships. Such relationships are an integral part of each of the programs in the School. These relationships make it possible to provide meaningful field experiences for students, which is crucial in the preparation of reflective educators. These relationships also enhance opportunities for research and for the dissemination of professional knowledge.