We are pleased to announce that Dr. Craig Peck has been appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) of the UNCG School of Education, effective August 1, 2018. Dr. Rochelle Brock, ELC’s current Department Chair, will be returning to the faculty this fall to attend to her health. We are extremely grateful for Rochelle’s leadership of ELC over the past three years, during which time the department has continued to grow its excellence and impact in the areas of cultural foundations, educational leadership, and social justice.

Craig joined the UNCG faculty in 2007 and was previously a high school principal in New York City. He received his Ph.D. in History of Education from Stanford University in 2001. As a member of ELC he has worked collaboratively with department colleagues to deliver existing programs and develop new initiatives intended to help prepare excellent school leaders. From 2011 to 2014, he co-developed and helped manage a $6.2 million grant-funded initiative to train future leaders of high-need schools in four local, demographically diverse school districts. He also has extensive experience serving as a member or chair of doctoral committees, and he currently serves as Coordinator of the Ed.S program in Educational Leadership and teaches courses related to educational leadership, urban education, school reform, and doctoral studies.

Craig’s research interests include principals, urban schools, and educational reform since the 1960s. He employs methodological approaches such as historical inquiry, document analysis, and qualitative case study research to produce scholarship that has appeared in Educational Administration QuarterlyEducation and Urban SocietyTeachers College Record, and Urban Education and other journals. He serves as a mentor in the Barbara Jackson Scholar Network of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and the African American Male Initiative at Wiley Elementary School in Greensboro.

Please join us in welcoming Craig in his new role. We are confident that he will be highly collaborative and effective in working with ELC and the broader UNCG community in the coming year.