Michael G. Gunzenhauser is an associate dean of the School of Education and an associate professor in the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies. In his role as associate dean, he assures that students are able to successfully complete their programs of study and is the primary person responsible for handling state certification of teachers, specialists, principals, superintendents, school nurses, school social workers, and school librarians.
He is a philosopher of education and qualitative research methodologist. He has published on issues related to ethics, social justice in education, the foundations of research, and school reform. In 2012, Continuum Press published his book on the relation between professional ethics and accountability policy, The Active/Ethical Professional: A Framework for Responsible Educators
. His current research focuses on the cultivation of professionalism among educators, especially teachers, school leaders, and reformers working toward greater equity and social justice. Before coming to the University of Pittsburgh in 2004, he was an assistant professor at Oklahoma State University. He earned his PhD in Social Foundations of Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MEd in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont. He was the coordinator for pre-college programs at Duke University and a residential counselor at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.