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    Scholar Studying ‘Teacher-Leaders’ Named Education Chair at Duquesne

    Dr. Jason Margolis, who has been studying “hybrid” teacher leaders, has been named chair of the Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education in the School of Education at Duquesne University. This department prepares teachers to understand their roles in a child’s life and the difference their influence makes throughout the community.


    “I am excited to take on this role because of the quality people in my department and the function that our department serves at this crucial juncture in the world of education,” said Margolis. “Because a teacher is so important to a student’s development, a meaningful and dynamic teacher education for becoming and practicing teachers is vital to a teacher’s development.”

    As chair, Margolis’ role is to provide support for Duquesne teachers, so that they can better support students.

    His current research focuses on “hybrid” teacher leaders, whose official schedule includes K-12 students as well as leading other teachers in some capacity. His work has appeared in Teachers College Record, and he has made several presentations for the American Education Research Association. Margolis began his career as a high school English teacher in New York City.

    Previously an associate professor of teacher education and professional development partnerships at Washington State University in Vancouver, Wash., Margolis has a bachelor’s in secondary education from State University of New York at New Paltz, a master’s of science in education from City University of New York at Queens College and a Ph.D. in educational studies from the University of Michigan.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.