Paula Cordeiro

Dean and Professor

  • Administration
  • Leadership Studies
  • Ed.D. University of Houston, Texas, Administration
  • M.Ed. Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island, TESOL
  • B.S. Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts, 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 is currently Dean of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) at the University of San Diego. Paula 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) and past chair of the board of the San Diego Council on Literacy. In 2007 Paula was appointed to the board of The James Irvine Foundation in San Francisco. She is currently serving terms on the boards of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), the Boston-based Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC) and San Diego Grantmakers. 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 continues to be deeply interested in education in developing nations and in 2011 was appointed to the board of Edify, an international non-profit organization offering micro-loans to schools in emerging nations.