Paula A. Cordeiro is a former teacher, principal and school head in bilingual schools in Venezuela and Spain. From 1998 to 2015 Paula served as dean of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. She is currently the Dammeyer Distinguished Professor of Global Leadership and Education and is on leave working with NGOs in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central/South America.
Paula is currently a board member of the James Irvine Foundation, the Boston-based nonprofit Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC), the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Midway Museum of San Diego, and BEST (Building Engineering and Science Talent).
She is a former board member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the International Council on Education for Teaching, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, past president of the San Diego Council on Literacy, and a founding member of the Academy for International School Heads. Additionally, she is a past president of the University Council for Educational Administration, and in 1998 the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management awarded her a fellowship. In 2014 she received the Classroom of the Future Foundation’s Visionary Leadership Award and in 2016 the Luso-American Foundation’s Global Action Award.
Paula is the author of numerous articles and three books including: Educational Leadership- A Bridge to Improved Practice now in its’ fifth edition.