The heart of NYU Wagner's programs is our faculty. An amalgam of full-time, clinical/research/visiting, and adjunct professors, they are outstanding teachers, expert researchers and committed practitioners.
Associate Professor Sonia Ospina and her colleagues on the Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World (LCW) Research and Documentation project hit the road this semester to conduct in-depth interviews in 20 LCW awardee communities. Joining her in this work are Bethany Godsoe, MPA ’01, Associate Project Director for LCW, Jennifer Dodge, Wagner PhD candidate and Research Assistant for LCW, and David Gomez, also a Wagner PhD candidate. The interviews take an appreciative approach to narrative inquiry and are aimed at discovering how these communities engage in the work of leadership. Based on these interviews the LCW team will develop a leadership story for each program awardee. The stories will be part of a national communications effort to broaden the conversation about leadership across the country.
Professor Ellen Schall, Professor Ospina, and Bethany Godsoe were guest speakers at the William Alanson White Institute program in December 2001 in Organizational Development and Consultation study group. They shared their approach to leadership based on their work with Leadership for a Changing World. Also, in December, Sonia Ospina made a presentation to the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation that shared both the theoretical approach to leadership and the methods she and her colleagues are using for Leadership for a Changing World.
NYU’s Institute for Education and Social Policy, directed by Wagner-affiliated faculty member Professor Norm Fruchter, completed a five-year study of the New York City Annenberg Challenge education reform project, the New York Networks for School Renewal (NYNSR). The study found that the NYNSR schools, which are smaller, more personalized learning environments, achieved improved academic performance for a diverse population of students within the existing bureaucratic structures.