Pat Maslin-Ostrowski. A professor in the school leaders' graduate program of educational leadership and coordinator of the higher education leadership program, her research and practice center on the human dimensions of leadership and the quest for more effective policy and practice in support of leader learning and growth and that lets leaders approach their work holistically. She is co-author of The Wounded Leader: How Real Leadership Emerges in Times of Crisis (Jossey-Bass) and studies how a leader's dilemma or crisis can become an opportunity for transformation and hope. Pat's current projects focus on the preparation and development of leaders, how principals address pressing challenges, and internationalizing educational leadership, while her study of leaders and crisis has extended to college presidents.
Recently, Pat was invited by Australian Catholic University to be a Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow. There she collaborated with faculty in Melbourne and through the National Centre for Teacher Quality and Leadership met with executive teams and principals in Sydney, Launceston, and Cairns to promote resilience and well-being. Previously, she was a visiting scholar for the Education for All Bermuda initiative that used digital storytelling and oral histories of community members to document the story of schooling in Bermuda and to build capacity to reform schools. She was a visiting professor at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur and she has led an institute on reflection and case story for the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools in Cairo. Pat has been Principal Investigator for the South Florida Consortium of Schools and lead professor for a cross cultural study abroad program at SEK University in Segovia, Spain
Pat is on the editorial board of the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA) Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, Andragogical and Pedagogical Methods for Curriculum and Program Development, the Community College Journal of Research and Practice (Taylor & Francis), and special issue editor. At FAU, Pat was chair of the University Promotion & Tenure Committee and presently serves on the Institutional Review Board. She is the lead professor for Qualitative Inquiry.
She has served on the board of the Florida Association of Professors of Educational Leadership as president and was the state delegate to the National Assembly for the National Council for Professors of Educational Leadership. Currently, she is a member of the policy committee.
Pat has been Chair of the Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) District High School Council and served on the Middle School Council and School Facilities Task Force. For the federal Race to the Top grant, she served on the steering committee and was chair of three curriculum committees for the FAU-BCPS partnership.
She has worked in various educational settings, including a New York middle school, the Rhode Island Department of Education and Rhode Island College. At the University of Rhode Island she was Director of New Student Programs and Coordinator of Counseling and Career Services. She is a National Board Certified Counselor. Pat grew up in New York and earned degrees from Syracuse University, Columbia University, and Harvard University before joining the faculty at FAU.