B.A., Psychology, Southern Methodist University
M.A., Educational Leadership and Policy, Higher Education, University of Maryland, College Park
M.A., Special Education, George Washington University
Ph.D., Educational Policy and Planning, University of Texas at Austin
Jack A. Culbertson Early Career Award University Council of Educational Administration, 2015 - 2015
Bridge People Award AERA Leadership for Social Justice Special Interest Group, 2014 - 2014
William J. Davis Award Educational Administration Quarterly, 2014 - 2014
Campus Award for Excellence in Online & Distance Teaching Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, 2015 - 2015
Teacher Ranked as Excellent Center for Teaching Excellence, 2011 - 2011
UCEA/AERA Division L-David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar Fellow in 2009 2009 - 2010
Barbara Jackson Scholar-University Council of Educational Administration 2007 - 2009
ACE Research Network ACT Foundation,
Recognizing Education at Illinois leaders (5/15/2015)
Anjalé D. Welton's scholarship examines the politics of equity in school reform and improvement. More specifically, she explores how K-12 leaders consider issues of equity when designing and implementing federal, state, and local policies. Dr. Welton is especially concerned about how shifting social-political contexts influence how school leaders dialogue about race and diversity in their school improvement decisions. Other research areas related to equity include college readiness and access, especially for students of color, and the role of student voice and activism in school improvement efforts. Her professional experiences include coordinator of a leadership and empowerment program for urban youth, a facilitator of an urban education teacher preparation program, and a teacher in large urban districts. She is also committed to providing professional development for educational leaders on issues of equity and diversity.
Welton, A., & Williams, M. (2015) Accountability strain, college-readiness drain: Sociopolitical tensions involved in maintaining a college-going culture of a high “minority”, high poverty Texas high school. The High School Journal
Welton, A. (2013) Even more racially isolated than before: Problematizing the vision for "diversity" in a racially mixed high school Teachers College Record 115 (11), 1-42 link >
Martinez, M., & Welton, A. (2014) Examining College Opportunity Structures for Students of Color at High “Minority,” High Poverty Secondary Schools in Texas Journal of School Leadership 24 (5) link >
Welton, A., Brock, B., & Perry, M. (2014) Building a youth leadership fortress: High school women of color as visible activist. Women Interrupting, Disrupting, and Revolutionizing Educational Policy and Practice Information Age Publishing: Charlotte, NC
LeChasseur, K., Mayer, A., Welton, A., & Donaldson, M. (2015) Situating teacher inquiry: a micropolitical perspective.. School Effectiveness and School Improvement
Welton, A., Mansfield, K., & Lee, P. (2015) Mentoring women graduate students in educational leadership: Results of a pilot survey and directions for future research. Women Leading Education network: Confronting the barriers Rowman Littlefield Education, Inc: Lanham, MD
Wiemelt, J., & Welton, A. (2015) Challenging the dominant narrative: Critical bilingual leadership (Liderazgo) for emergent bilingual Latin@ students International Journal of Multicultural Education. link >
Welton, A., Mansfield, K., & Lee, P. (2014) Mentoring Matters: An Exploratory Survey of Educational Leadership Doctoral Students’ Perspectives Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning
Melissa, M., Alsandor, D., Cortez, L., Welton, A., & Chang, A. (2014) We are stronger together: reflective testimonios of female scholars of color in a research and writing collective Reflective Practice
Diem, S., Welton, A., Frankenberg, E., & Holme, J. (2014) Racial Diversity in the Suburbs: How Race-Neutral Responses to Demographic Change Perpetuate Inequity in Suburban School Districts Race Ethnicity and Education
Mansfield, K., Welton, A., & Grogan, M. (2014) “Truth or Consequences”: A feminist critical policy analysis of the STEM crisis International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 27 (9)
Diem, S., Young, M., Welton, A., Mansfield, K., & Lee, P. (2014) The Intellectual Landscape of Critical Policy Analysis International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Holme, J., Diem, S., & Welton, A. (2014) Suburban School Districts and Demographic Change: The Technical, Normative and Political Dimensions of Response Educational Administration Quarterly 50 (1), 34-66
Welton, A., Diem, S., & Holme, J. (2013) Color Conscious, Cultural Blindness: Suburban School Districts and Demographic Change Education and Urban Society
Chang, A., Welton, A., Martinez, M., & Cortez, L. (2013) Becoming Academicians: A Critical Ethnographic Analysis of the Figured Worlds of Racially Underrepresented Female Faculty Negro Educational Review 64 (1-4), 97-118
Holme, J., Frankenberg, E., Diem, S., & Welton, A. (2013) School Choice in Suburbia: The Impact of Choice Policies on the Potential for Suburban Integration Journal of School Choice 7 (2), 113-141
Irizarry, J., & Welton, A. (2013) Latino Youth as Educational Researchers: Implications for Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools. Handbook of Urban Education Routledge: New York, NY
Mayer, A., Donaldson, M., LeChasseur, K., Welton, A., & Cobb, C. (2013) Negotiating Site-Based Management and Expanded Teacher Decision Making: A Case Study of Six Urban Schools Educational Administration Quarterly 49, 695-731 link >
Welton, A., & Martinez, M. (2013) Coloring the College Pathway: A More Culturally Responsive Approach to College Readiness and Access for Students of Color in Secondary Schools The Urban Review link >
Holme, J., Welton, A., & Diem, S. (2012) Pursuing "separate but equal" in suburban Texas: A case study of Southern Independent School District. The resegregation of suburban schools: A hidden crisis in American education Harvard Education Press: Cambridge, MA
Mansfield, K., Welton, A., & Halx, M. (2012) Listening to student voice: Toward a more inclusive theory for research and practice. Global Leadership for Social Justice: Taking it from research to practice Information Age Publishing: Charlotte, NC
Mansfield, K., Welton, A., & Lee, P. (2011) Women Leading Education Network: An Opportunity for Dialogic Border Crossings and Mentoring. Gender and Education Towards New Strategies of Leadership and Power epubli, Holtzbrinck Verlagsgruppe: Berlin, Stuttgart
Reddick, R., Welton, A., Alsandor, D., Denyszyn, J., & Platt, S. (2011) Stories of success: High minority, high poverty public school graduate narratives on accessing higher education Journal of Advanced Academics 22 (4), 594-618
Welton, A. (2011) The Courage to Critique Policies and Practices from Within: Youth Participatory Action Research as Critical Policy Analysis. A Response to “Buscando la Libertad: Latino Youths in Search of Freedom in Democracy and Education, 19 (1), Article 11
Mansfield, K., Welton, A., Lee, P., & Young, M. (2010) The lived experiences of female educational leadership students Journal of Educational Administration 48 (6)
Welton, A., Harris, T., LaLonde, P., & Moyer, R.. Social justice education in a diverse classroom: Examining high school discussions about race, power, and privilege Equity and Excellence in Education
Welton, A., Williams, M., Caldwell, P., & Martinez, M.. Deconstructing the language of academia: Pre-tenure faculty of color who are first-generation college graduates. Croom Envisioning a Critical Race Praxis for Leadership: Critical Race Counter-stories Across the P-20 Pipeline
Principal Investigator Assistant Professors of Color Navigating the Academy, Campus Research Board, 2012 - 2013
Editorial Board International Journal of Urban Educational Leadership, 2013 - present
Editorial Board Journal of Research in Leadership Education, 2013 - present
Associate Editor Educational Administration Quarterly, 2013 - present
Editorial Board Information Age Publishing (IAP) book series, New Directions in Educational Leadership: Innovations in Research, Teaching and Service, 2012 - present
Member University Council of Educational Administration, 2011 - present
Member Women Leading in Education Across Continents, 2009 - present
Special Issue on Women and Social Justice: Guest Editor Journal of School Leadership, 2009 - present
Intro to Educational Leadershp Multiple perspectives for understanding theory and practice in the governance and operation of complex organizations in P-12 school systems. Focusses on leadership development and the changing role of the school leader in leading learning-focused schools dedicated to significant and continuous growth for every student. Course Information: Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the College of Education or consent of instructor. Class Schedule Information: Priority will be given to department majors.
Poli & Cultural Context of Ed The political and social environment of public education in the United States; analysis of the power structure and its influence on educational policy making at the district level; examination of the evolving roles of state and federal agencies, the courts, private organizations, and interest groups in school governance. Studies the tension between the ideal of a democratically controlled public school system and the growing power of educational experts. Course Information: Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the College of Education or consent of instructor.
Policy and Politics of Ed The political and social environment of public education in the United States; analysis of the power structure and its influence on educational policy making at the district level; examination of the evolving roles of state and federal agencies, the courts, private organizations, and interest groups in school governance. Studies the tension between the ideal of a democratically controlled public school system and the growing power of educational experts. Course Information: Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the College of Education or consent of instructor.
Democracy/Politics Course examines the foundations and basic concepts of democratic theory and governance and their relationship to administrative practice; considers various approaches in political theory to administration; addresses moral and ethical issues in administration; and develops principles of governance and ethics for educational leadership. Course Information: Prerequisite: EOL 548 or consent of instructor.
Diversity, Leadership & Policy This course is intended to provide students with an opportunity to study both historical and contemporary perspectives on leadership and policy in diverse contexts and to prompt reflection on their own practice. As students read, discuss, reflect on, and critique a variety of perspectives and topics such as race, class, power, cultural leadership, policy, change, diversity, and building community, they will consider how the literature informs the development of a personal philosophy of education leadership, takes into consideration moral and ethical issues, the implementation of educational policy, the purposes and nature of the task, and the complexity and diversity of educational contexts.
Thesis Research Individual direction of research and thesis writing. Course Information: Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated.
Educ Policy Res Methods & Prac Seminar in educational policy studies; sections offered in the following fields: (a) history of education; (b) philosophy of education; (c) comparative education; (d) social foundations of education; (e) philosophy of educational research; and (f) historical methods in education. Course Information: May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.: (a) history of education; (b) philosophy of education; (c) comparative education; (d) social foundations of education; (e) philosophy of educational research; and (f) historical methods in education.