Samantha M. Paredes Scribner, Ph.D.




  • Ph.D., Institutional Leadership and Policy Studies, University of California, Riverside
  • M.Ed., Educational Administration, University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A., Art and American Studies, Temple University


Dr. Scribner's research and teaching focus on the organizational and political dynamics within and around urban K–12 schools, the policy contexts of these dynamics, and the consequences of leadership practices for various constituents of urban school communities. Dr. Scribner intentionally situates her work in urban and urban fringe schools attended by high percentages of ethno-linguistically and racially diverse students and families. She has published in Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of School Leadership, Leadership and Policy in Schools, and the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Scribner became director of the Center for Urban and Multicultural Education in July 2015. Prior to taking her faculty position at IUPUI, Dr. Scribner was the director of the P–20 Alliance at the University of California, Riverside, where she facilitated and negotiated P–20 partnerships in the Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino County). She was an urban school teacher and administrator in the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas. She was also an award-winning middle school bilingual and ESL teacher in a transitional bilingual education program at Martin Junior High School, and later became a high school administrator at LBJ High School.