Paula Cordeiro

Paula Cordeiro
Phone: (619) 260-4282
Office: Kroc Institute for Peace & Jus 125

Dammeyer Distinguished Professor of Global Leadership and Education

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

Dr. Cordeiro teaches social entrepreneurship. From 1998-2015 she served as dean of the School of Leadership & Education Sciences (SOLES) at USD and subsequently worked with international NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa, and Central/South America. Professor Cordeiro also serves as VP of Education for Edify, a micro-lending nonprofit that provides training and financial services to low-fee private schools in eleven countries. In 2018 she was appointed as a Visiting Professor at University College London (UCL). Prior to being a professor Dr. Cordeiro was a teacher, principal, and school director in international schools in Venezuela and Spain. Her research interests include social innovation, educational leadership, international education development, and philanthropy. Dr. Cordeiro is the author of three books and her most recent publication (2018) is in the Journal of Leadership in Education - Women School Leaders: Entrepreneurs in Low Fee Private Schools in Three West African Nations. Paula curates and occasionally writes blogs on school leadership and marginalized populations at