Staff and Faculty Directory

Paula Cordeiro

Paula Cordeiro
Phone: (619) 260-4282
Office: Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 129B


  • EdD, University of Houston, Texas, Administration
  • MEd, Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island, TESOL
  • BS, Bridgewater State College, Massachusetts, Elementary Education

Paula Cordeiro grew up in New England and is a former teacher, principal and school head in international, bilingual schools in Venezuela and Spain. She holds a masters degree in TESOL from Rhode Island College and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston. Paula is currently a professor and dean of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) at the University of San Diego. She is a past president of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), and in 1998 was awarded a fellowship by the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (FCCEAM). In 2006 she was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to serve a three-year term on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Paula is a past board member of the International Council for the Education of Teachers (ICET), the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), and past board chair of the San Diego Council on Literacy. In 2007 Paula was appointed to the board of The James Irvine Foundation in San Francisco and also serves on the boards of San Diego Grantmakers, the international micro-lender Edify, and the Boston-based nonprofit Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC). She is the author of three books and in 2012 completed, with co-author Bill Cunningham, the 5th edition of her textbook Educational Leadership: A Bridge to Improved Practice. Paula’s research interests are in school leadership and education in developing nations.