Paula A. Cordeiro is the Dean of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego and a professor of Leadership Studies. Previously she was the coordinator of the masters and doctoral programs in Educational Leadership at the University of Connecticut. Cordeiro is a former teacher, principal and school head in international schools in Venezuela and Spain. Paula speaks Spanish and Portuguese and has spent approximately 15 years working and living outside the United States. She is a past president of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), and in 1998 was awarded a fellowship by the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (FCCEAM). Cordeiro is a former member of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, past President of the San Diego Council on Literacy, a founding member of the Academy of International School Heads, and a board member of the International Council for the Education of Teachers (ICET).

Dean Cordeiro was recently elected to the board of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. In 2007 Paula was appointed to the board of The James Irvine Foundation in San Francisco. In addition to numerous articles, Paula has published three books and is working on the fifth edition of her co-authored text (with William G. Cunningham): Educational Leadership: A Bridge to Improved Practice. Paula’s research is in the areas of school leadership, somatic learning and global education. Currently, she is developing a new course for graduate students on education in developing countries.