Dean Michael Dantley

Michael Dantley

Dr. Michael E. Dantley has a long and successful history at Miami University and within the College of Education, Health and Society. Since 1986, he has held teaching and administrative positions on the Oxford campus which include serving as Associate Professor and Coordinator of the School Leadership Master's Program, Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in EHS and serving as Miami's Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Most recently, Dr. Dantley was Dean of the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago.

As a member of the Department of Educational Leadership faculty, Dr. Dantley has taught graduate courses in educational leadership, ethics and education, critical spirituality and educational leadership and social justice. He is currently exploring how school leaders' use of critical spirituality and the prophetic tradition can assist them in leading institutions to make substantive societal changes, grounded in social justice and democratic practices.



Academic Background and Degrees

Doctorate in Educational Administration, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Master of Education, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Major: Educational Leadership
Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Major: History and Education

Professional Experience

Dean, College of Education, Health, and Society, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
June, 2015–present
Dean, School of Education. Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
July, 2013–December, 2014
Chair, Department of Educational Leadership, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
July, 2012- June 2013
Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
July, 2008–December, 2011
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Education, Health & Society. Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
2006–2008
Interim Associate Dean, School of Education, Health & Society. Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
2004-2006
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership & Coordinator, School Leadership Masters Program,
College of Education, Health & Society, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
1999 -2006
Adjunct Professor, Department of Educational Administration, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1990 -1992
Adjunct Professor, Department of Religious Studies, College of Mt. Saint Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1990 -1992
Assistant Professor, School of Education & Allied Professions, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
1986 -1990
Associate Director Certificated Personnel, Cincinnati Public Schools, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1984-1986
Principal, Douglass Elementary School, Cincinnati Public Schools, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1980-1984
Principal, Windsor Elementary School, Cincinnati Public Schools, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1979-1980
Assistant Principal, Winton Place Elementary School, Cincinnati Public Schools, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1977-1978
Teacher, Language Arts & Social Studies (5-6), Covedale College Preparatory Academy, Cincinnati Public Schools, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1974-1977
Teacher, Reading and English (8), Princeton City Schools, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1974-1975
Teacher, Language Arts, Social Studies and Math (4-6), Roll Hill Elementary Schools, Cincinnati Public Schools, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1973-1974

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate in Leadership Education from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2000
  • Miami University's School of Education and Allied Professions Joseph Delp Outstanding Faculty Award, 2003
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, March 2006
  • Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, May 2008
  • Don Walters Award, Temple University, February 2009

Most Recent Professional Outreach and Teaching

Teaching: Educational Leadership Theory, Politics of Education, Innovative Practices in Curriculum, Theory and Philosophy of Educational Administration, Ethics and Education and Critical Spirituality, Educational Leadership and Social Justice
Professional Outreach: Editorial Board Member - National Association of Secondary School Principals Bulletin, Black College Review, Journal of School Leadership, Education and Urban Society, Journal of Black Masculinity
Professional Journals: Reviewer for Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice
Professional Leadership Service: Vice President Elect‐Division A, American Educational Research Association, 2014; Member, Illinois School Leadership Advisory Council, 2014; Member, Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions, 2013; Member of Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Deans of Education, 2013

Most Recent Peer Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Dantley, M. (2013). Promoting the preparation of successful leaders for diverse, equitable schools. In L. Tillman and J. Scheurich (Eds.). Handbook of research on educational leadership for equity and diversity. (p. 597-602). NY: Routledge.

  • Dantley, M. (2013). Terminating the terminal degree debate: Reconciling the Ed.D./Ph.D. divide. UCEA Review. 54:1. Pp. 25-27.

  • Green, T. and Dantley, M. (2013). The Great White Hope?: Examining White Privilege and Epistemology of an Urban High School Principal. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership. 16:2: pp. 82-92.

  • Gooden, M. A. and Dantley, M. (2012). Centering race in a framework for leadership preparation. Journal of Research in Leadership Education.

  • Dantley, M. and Green, T. L. (In press). Rupturing notions of leadership for social justice: Reclaiming social justice through a discourse of accountability and a radical, prophetic and historical imagination. Journal of School Leadership

  • Dantley, M. (In press). On being a new African American dean. In R. Jackson and W.R. Jacobs (Eds). Minority Dean Survival Guide.

  • Dantley, M. (2012). Response to the UCEA President's 2011 Address. UCEA Review. Pp. 8-9.

  • Dantley, M. (2012). Leadership, change and a spiritual engagement: How higher educational leaders use spirituality to impact their professional practice. In O. Welch (Ed.). Turnaround Leadership: Deans of Color as Change Agents. (pp.169-177). New York: Peter Lang.

  • Dantley, M. (2012). The Black Intellectual, Reflective, Resistant, and Reconstructive: Defining Ourselves in the Predominantly White Academy. (p.107-124). In M. Christian (Ed.). Integrated but Unequal: Black Faculty in Predominately White Space. Trenton: Africa World Press.

  • Dantley, M. (2011). Transformative instructional leadership: A critical and spiritual engagement. In C. Shields (Ed.). Transformative Leadership: A Reader (Counterpoints: Studies in Postmodern Theory of Education). pp. 155-164. New York: Peter Lang Publishers.

  • Dantley, M. (2011). The critical nature of black men in the academy. Journal of Black Masculinity. 1:2: pp. 10-21.