Francis Duffy is the Director of the Master of Public Administration program and a Professor of Change Leadership. In this role, he teaches a set of courses on how to create and sustain whole-system change in organizations such as schools for the deaf, non-profit agencies, and governmental agencies. He also designed and now serves as the lead instructor for the Burstein Leadership Institute's Change Leadership Academy that trains teams of educators from schools for the deaf about how to create and sustain transformational change in their schools.
Dr. Duffy is a member of the Mansfield University Foundation Board. He is also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). He has served as the president of the Division on Systemic Change for the AECT. He is also the founding co-director of a nationwide initiative sponsored by AECT called FutureMinds: Transforming American School Systems. The FutureMinds initiative aims to establish partnerships with carefully selected state education agencies to help them transform school districts in their states so that the education they provide children is aligned with the requirements of the Information-Age.
Dr. Duffy is the founding editor of the Rowman & Littlefield Education's Leading Systemic School Improvement Series. He has also published nine books on how to create and sustain whole-system change in school districts, including Dream! Create! Sustain!: Mastering the Art & Science of Transforming School Systems.
He held a post-doctoral honorary faculty position in the Harvard Graduate School of Education, sponsored by Chris Argyris, to study Argyris' views on organizational learning. He also has a master of administrative science degree in business administration from The Johns Hopkins University, doctor of philosophy and master of education degrees in curriculum and supervision from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Science degree in special education from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. He is a former high school special education teacher and he is certified in Pennsylvania as a special education teacher (K-12), a supervisor of special education, a supervisor of curriculum and instruction (K-12), and as an assistant executive director of an intermediate unit.
He also has keynote speaking experience and regularly addresses audiences on topics related to creating and sustaining whole-system change in school districts. He is a past president of the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision and a past member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He is an active member of the National Association of Professors of Educational Administration and Phi Delta Kappa.
Change Leadership, organization development, organization theory and design, redesigning organizations