Educational Reform Research Area:

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Wolfgang Althof, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Teresa M. Fischer Endowed Professor in Citizenship Education

Wolfgang Althof is the Teresa M. Fischer Professor of Citizenship Education and serves as the Executive Director of the Citizenship Education Clearing House (CECH) at the College of Education and the Co-Director (with Marvin W. Berkowitz) of the Center for Character and Citizenship. Prior to coming to UM-St. Louis he was at the Department of Education, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. At UMSL, he teaches courses in Citizenship Education and Qualitative Social Research Methods. Dr. Althof is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Association for Moral Education (AME), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). He ser...
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Michael W. Bahr, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Dr. Bahr earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College and a Master of Education Degree in Counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is a graduate of Indiana University's APA-accredited School Psychology Program, where he obtained the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Educational Psychology with Specialization in School Psychology. His research interests are in the areas of prevention science and cultural competence.
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Marvin W. Berkowitz, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor in Character Education

Dr. Marvin W. Berkowitz is the inaugural Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education, and Co-Director of the Center for Character and Citizenship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and University of Missouri President’s Thomas Jefferson Professor. He has also served as the inaugural Ambassador H.H. Coors Professor of Character Development at the US Air Force Academy (1999), and Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Ethics Studies at Marquette University (1979-1999). He was also founder and Associate Director of the Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research in Milwaukee. Since 1999 he has directed the Leadership Academy in Character Education in St. Louis.
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Jerome Ellis Morris, Ph.D., Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Urban Education

Dr. Jerome E. Morris is the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Urban Education (in conjunction with St. Louis Public Schools) and a Research Fellow with the Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His research is grounded in sociology, anthropology, school reform, and urban studies. As a social scientist, Dr. Morris’ scholarship reflects a deep and abiding familiarity with communities, families, and schools. The nexus of race, social class, and the geography of educational opportunity is a major theme of Dr. Morris’ scholarship, and he has been in the forefront of highlighting the centrality of the U.S. South in understanding Black people’s experiences. ...
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James Shuls, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

James V. Shuls earned his Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Arkansas. His work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including: Phi Delta Kappan, Social Science Quarterly, The Rural Educator, Educational Policy, Education Economics, and the Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform.