David DeMatthews is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Faculty Fellow and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Special Education. Prior to arriving at UT-Austin, DeMatthews was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. He began his career in education working as a teacher, campus leader, and district administrator in Baltimore City Public Schools and the District of Columbia Public Schools.
DeMatthews' research focuses on equitable and inclusive school improvement, with an emphasis on leadership and policy. More specifically, he aims to understand how districts and schools create equitable and inclusive schools at the intersections of race, social class, language, and other markers of identity. Given the importance of stable school leadership to school improvement processes, he has also cultivated a stream of research focused on principal career pathways, job-related stress and burnout, and turnover.
He has published over 150 research articles in academic journals, book chapters in edited volumes, research reports, and editorials in media outlets. DeMatthews' research has been published in Educational Researcher, Educational Administration Quarterly, Teachers College Record, Educational Policy, Journal of Educational Administration, Urban Education, Journal of School Leadership, Journal of Research on Leadership Education, and Leadership and Policy in Schools. DeMatthews recently authored a book, Community Engaged Leadership for Social Justice: A Critical Approach in Urban Schools with Routledge. He regularly appears as a commentator on education policy issues in regional and national media outlets. His editorials have appeared in Education Week, USA Today, The Hill, The Dallas Morning News, Baltimore Sun, and Houston Chronicle.
DeMatthews has received numerous 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 as a member of the UCEA Executive Committee. DeMatthews 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. He 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.