Dr. Rosemary Papa currently serves as The Del and Jewel Lewis Endowed Chair in Learning Centered Leadership and Professor of Educational Leadership in the College of Education at Northern Arizona University- a position she has held since 2007. She has been an active member of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration since her first summer conference, Chadron Nebraska, in 1987. In 1991-92, she served as the first female President of (NCPEA) and was the 2003 recipient of the NCPEA Living Legend Award. As well,she has been honored to give the Walter D. Cocking Lecture both in 1999 and in2011. She currently serves as the NCPEA Publications Executive Committee Chair.In 2000 she founded and serves as Editor of the eJEP: Journal of Education Policy, one of the first open access,free, blind-peer reviewed journals in the world. In 2004, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award from the College of Education at California State University, Sacramento. She was just invited to be the first and founding2013 NCPEA International Ambassador.
Her record of publications includes thirteen books, numerous book chapters, monographs and over eighty referred journal articles. She has served as a Principal and Chief School Administrator for two Catholic school districts in Nebraska, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the California State University system, Vice President for Sylvan Learning, Inc., Faculty Director of a university-based Center for Teaching and Learning in California and founded two joint doctoral programs in Educational Leadership between CSU campuses and University of California campuses. She has worked internationally in China, Korea, Taiwan, and West Africa bringing adult learning practices and multimedia technology training to their university classrooms. She is a noted educator with expertise in leadership characteristics known as accoutrements,social justice leadership skills, adult learning practices and multimedia technology uses for curricular improvement. Her most recent books include: 2011book co-authored is titled, Turnaround Principals for Under-performing Schools; 2012 books, associate editor of NCPEA Handbook of Online Instruction and Programs in Educational Leadership; and, Educational Leadership at 2050 with three co-authors. Published January 2013 co-authored book titled Contours of Great Educational Leadership:The Science, Art and Wisdom of Outstanding Practice.
She is the founder of The Flagstaff Seminar: Educational Leaders Without Borders (co-founder Fenwick English)The Flagstaff Seminar believes education is a basic human right. “Our mission is the establishment of a global network of educational scholars who have chosen to work on behalf of all children going to school. Educational leaders must become emboldened to step out of the school/state nexus so that we can become true educational leaders without borders. Our main objective is all children have a right to go to school. Our second objective is not to make schools as they exist more efficient at what they do,but to call into question what schools do in the first place and how they work or should work to provide greater equality to all children and their families.It is not only the availability of schools for all children worldwide, but what kind of schooling is available to them.” 1.23.2013