Fellow, Oscar and Anne Mauzy Regents Professorship for Educational Research and Development, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
Phone: +1 512 232 2413
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David DeMatthews is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. DeMatthews also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Special Education. Prior to entering academia, he worked as a high school teacher, middle school administrator, and district administrator in Baltimore City Public Schools and the District of Columbia Public Schools. Prior to arriving at UT-Austin, Dr. DeMatthews was an an assistant professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. His research focuses on school leadership and school improvement in urban schools and districts; inclusive education and bilingual education; the principal's role in family and community engagement; and principal burnout and turnover.
Dr. DeMatthews has received several honors and awards within the field of educational leadership and policy. He currently serves as President-Elect of the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA) and has also served as a member of the Executive Committee. Dr. DeMatthews has also served as Chair of the AERA Leadership for School Improvement Special Interest Group (2020-21). In 2017, he received the UCEA Jack A. Culbertson Award, which is given annually to an outstanding junior educational leadership professor in recognition of significant contributions to the field of educational leadership. Dr. DeMatthews also received the 2018 William J. Davis Award for the most outstanding article to appear in Educational Administration Quarterly (the top journal in the field of educational administration and leadership) and the 2017 Paula Silver Case Award for the most outstanding article in the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.
Dr. DeMatthews' work has been published in Educational Researcher, Educational Administration Quarterly, Teachers College Record, Journal of Educational Administration, Urban Education, Education Policy Analysis Archives, Journal of School Leadership, Journal of Latinos and Education, Journal of Research on Leadership Education, and Leadership and Policy in Schools. Dr. DeMatthews has recently authored a book, Community Engaged Leadership for Social Justice: A Critical Approach in Urban Schools with Routledge. In addition, his work has also been featured in Education Week, USA Today, The Hill, Baltimore Sun, Texas Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Austin American Statesman, San Antonio Express News, and the El Paso Times.