Michael G. Gunzenhauser

Michael G. Gunzenhauser is Associate Professor of Administrative and Policy Studies. He is currently working on several writing projects, including a collaborative book on race-conscious leadership ethics.

As a philosopher of education and qualitative research methodologist, Dr. Gunzenhauser has published on issues related to ethics, social justice, the foundations of research, and school reform, including his 2012 book on the ethical responsibilities associated with teachers and school leaders working under the pressures of accountability policy, Active/Ethical Professional: A Framework for Responsible Educators. The book was a 2012 winner of the Critics' Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association. His most recent publications are collaborative articles with Dr. Osly Flores, "Justice in the Gaps: School Leader Dispositions and the Use of Data to Address the Opportunity Gap," published in Urban Education, and "The Problems with Colorblind Leadership Revealed: A Call for Race-Conscious Leaders," published in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Another recent work is a collaboration with Ya-Wen Hou and Che-Wei Lee on disciplinary power expressed through student evaluations, "Student Evaluation of Teaching as a Disciplinary Mechanism: A Foucauldian Analysis," published in The Review of Higher Education.

His line of inquiry on the ethical and epistemological grounding of qualitative research continues with studies of doctoral student preparation in qualitative methodology, including a collaborative project with Dr. Stacy Otto.

Since 2004, he has been an associate professor in the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies. From September 2014 to August 2019, he was Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Certification. At the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Gunzenhauser is affiliated with the Center for Urban Education, the Institute for International Studies in Education, the Center for Race and Social Problems, and the program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. He is a former president of the Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society and is on the review board of Educational Theory and the editorial board for Educational Foundations.

Before coming to the University of Pittsburgh in 2004, Dr. Gunzenhauser was an assistant professor at Oklahoma State University. His doctoral training was under the direction of Drs. Lynda Stone and George Noblit at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Beginning his educational career as a resident assistant at the University of North Carolina in 1986, he served in several professional roles in education, including coordinator for pre-college programs at Duke University and residential counselor at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.

School Affiliations

Recent Publications

Flores, O.J., & Gunzenhauser, M.G. (in press). Justice in the gaps: School leader ethics and the use of data to address the opportunity gap. Urban Education.
Hou, Y.-W., Lee, C.-W., & Gunzenhauser, M.G. (2017). Student Evaluation of Teaching as a Disciplinary Mechanism: A Foucauldian Analysis. The Review of Higher Education, 40(3), 325-352.
Flores, O.J., & Gunzenhauser, M.G. (2019). The problems with color-blind leadership revealed: A call for race-conscious leaders. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.
Gunzenhauser, M.G. (2017). What Does It Mean to Be an Education Professional? In B.R. Warnick & L. Stone (Eds.), Philosophy: Education (pp. 337-356). Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA.
Gunzenhauser, M.G. (2015). Enacting Social Justice Ethically: Individual and communal habits: A response to "Ethics in teaching for democracy and social justice." Democracy & Education, 23(2), 1-6.
Michael G. Gunzenhauser


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