John L Warfield Center

Mark A. Gooden

ProfessorPh.D., 2001, Policy and Leadership, Ohio State University

Associate Professor of Education



Mark Anthony Gooden, Ph.D., serves as a Professor in the Educational Administration Department. He is also Director of The University of Texas at Austin Principalship Program (UTAPP). His research interests include the principalship, anti-racist leadership, urban educational leadership and legal issues in education. His research has appeared in Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal, Education and Urban Society, The Journal of Negro Education, Educational Administration Quarterly, The Sage Handbook of African-American Education and The Principal’s Legal Handbook. He currently serves as a member of Executive Committee and President-Elect of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), a consortium of over 90 higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children. He has served on various committees for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and is a member of the Educational Law Association (ELA).

Before entering higher education, Mark served as a secondary mathematics teacher and department chairperson who facilitated professional development workshops for and with teachers and educational leaders in Columbus Public Schools. He has spent 12 years in higher education developing and teaching courses in leadership, diversity, law, and research methods. During that time he has also developed, designed, and facilitated professional development courses in diversity, leadership, and law. Mark co-developed with Ann O’Doherty a module for UCEA that helps leaders understand how examining their beliefs, attitudes, and racial awareness can improve their ability to support diverse learners. The module is entitled Building a Community of Trust Through Racial Awareness of Self and is available gratis. Mark also serves as Associate Editor of the journal of Urban Education and on the boards of the Journal of Cases of Educational Leadership and theJournal of Research on Leadership Education. Mark earned his PhD in Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University in 2001.

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