Samantha Scribner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership; Director, Center for Urban and Multicultural Education (CUME)


Résumé/CV on box

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  • Ph.D. in 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 within and around such schools for various constituents of urban school communities. She is currently investigating the ways in which schools (and leaders) in urban settings, serving underrepresented student populations, are "reinventing" themselves in the current reform climate; how educators negotiate this reinvention with other involved actors; and how various partnerships influence educational activities, equity and social justice within and around schools. 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.

Prior to taking the position at IUPUI, in the IU Educational Leadership Program, 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 Austin Independent School District, in Austin, TX. She was 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.

Courses Taught

  • EDUC-A 500 Intro to Education Leadership
  • EDUC-A 560 Political Perspectives of Education
  • EDUC-A 653 The Organizational Context of Education
  • EDUC-A 672 The Moral Dimensions of Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • 2010 Proffitt Summer Faculty Fellowship: Indiana University School of Education
  • 2002 – 2003 Dissertation Fellow: University of California All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity (ACCORD)
  • 2002 Invited to the 23rd annual David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy
  • 1999 – 2002 Hispanic Border Leadership Institute Kellogg Foundation Fellow
  • 1997 Inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • 1994 – 1995 Austin Association of Teachers Creative Teaching Award

Grants & Funding

  • PI, Professional Identity Project, Proffitt Summer Fellowship, IU School of Education, 2010, $10,000.
  • PI, Organizational Narratives of Full-Service Schools, Proffitt Research Award, IU School of Education, 2011-12, $19,000
  • Co-PI, The International Academy (IA) Pathways Project A Partnership For Improving College Readiness And Global Competence At The International Academy In Arsenal Tech High School, 2008, Indiana University School of Education - $40,000
  • Co-PI, Evaluation of New Tech High Schools, National Governors Association, $58,000, 2007
  • Co-PI, Evaluation of New Tech High Schools, Center for Excellence in Leadership and Learning (CELL) (extension), $32,000, 2008


  • Organizational Theory, Leadership, School Reform, Micro-politics

Professional Associations

  • American Education Research Association (AERA):
       Administration, Organization and Leadership (Division A)
       Educational Policy and Politics (Division L)
       Politics of Education Association SIG (AERA):
       Member, PEA Scholarships and Awards Committee (2010 – 2012)
       Member, PEA Elections Committee (2009)
       Organizational Theory SIG (AERA)
       Narrative Research SIG (AERA)
       Qualitative Research SIG (AERA)
       Leadership for Social Justice SIG (AERA)
  • University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA):
       Latino SIG (UCEA)