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Karen Seashore

Regents Professor; Robert Holmes Beck Chair of Ideas in Education

178 Pillsbury Dr SE
330 Burton Hall

612/626-8971


Ph.D., Columbia University, sociology
B.A., Swarthmore College, history

Seashore

Areas of Interest

Organizational Behavior
Knowledge Utilization
Sociology of Education
Leadership

Profile

My research centers on school improvement and reform, school effectiveness, leadership in school settings, and the politics of knowledge use in education. Current projects include research-practice collaboration and the application of positive psychology to larger social settings.

Professional Affiliations

Selected Publications

  1. Demerath, P. W. & Louis, K. S. (in press). U.S. contexts of/for educational leadership. In I. Bogotch & D. Waite (Eds), The international handbook of educational leadership. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

  2. Louis, K. S. & Murphy, J. (in press). Trust, caring and organizational learning: The leader’s role. Journal of Educational Administration.

  3. Louis, K. S. (in press). Politics, advocacy, and research: What have we learned and what remains? Peabody Journal of Education.

  4. Smylie, M., Murphy, J. & Louis, K. S. (in press). Caring school leadership: A multi-disciplinary cross-occupational model. American Journal of Education.

  5. Louis, K. S. & Lee, M. (2016). Teachers’ capacity for organizational learning: The effects of school culture and context. School Effectiveness and School Improvement.

  6. Louis, K. S., Murphy, J., & Smylie, M. (2016). Exploring caring leadership in schools: Implications for teachers and students. Educational Administration Quarterly, 52(2), 310-348.

  7. Murphy, J., Smylie, M. & Louis, K. S. (2015). Caring school leadership. In J. Murphy (Ed.), Leading school improvement: A framework for action (pp 85-90). West Palm Beach , FL:  Learning Sciences International

  8. Louis, K. S. (2015). Linking leadership to student learning: State, district, and local effects. Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy.

  9. Louis, K. (2015). Organizational theory: Around the block again? Moving forward? Or both? Journal of Organizational Theory in Education 1(1), 9-17.

  10. Louis, K. S. (2014). Confessions of a (recovering) structural-functionalist. In C. Mullen, F. English, & W. Kealy (Eds.), The leadership identity journey: An artful exploration (pp xv-xxii). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

  11. Louis, K. S., Febey, K., & Gordon, M. (2014) Political cultures in education: Emerging perspectives. In L. Fusarelli (Ed.) Handbook of education politics and policy (2nd ed., pp 118-147). New York: Routledge.

  12. Louis, K. S. (2013). Collective responsibility: A way forward to real reform. In F. Whalan (Ed.), Collective responsibility for student learning. Sense Publishers: Rotterdam.

  13. Louis, K.S., Mayrowetz, D., Smylie, M., & Murphy, J. (2013). Making sense of distributed leadership: How secondary school educators look at job redesign. International Journal of Educational Administration, 1(1),33-68.

  14. Louis, K. S. (2013). Districts, local education authorities, and the context of policy analysis. Journal of Educational Administration, 51(4), 550-555.

  15. Lundquist, L., Sandfort, J., Lopez, C., Louis, K. S., Oder, M., Mein, J. & Lowe, M. (Eds.) (2013). Cultivating change in the academy: Practicing the art of hosting conversations that matter within the University of Minnesota.

  16. Lee, M., Louis, K. S. & Anderson, S. (2012). Local education authorities and student learning: The effects of policies and practices. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 23(2), 133-158.

  17. Louis, K. S. & Velzen, B. van (2012). Educational Policy in an international context: Political culture and its effects. New York: Palgrave/McMillan.

  18. Earl, L. & Louis, K. S. (2012). Data use: Where to from Here? In K. Schildkamp, M. Lin, & L. Earl (Eds.), Data driven decision making in education: Challenges and opportunities (pp. 193-204). Dordrecht, NL: Springer.

  19. Louis, K. S. (2012). Conducting research on leadership and change in education. In C. Conrad & R. Serlin (Eds.), Handbook on research in education (pp. 429-448). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

  20. Louis, K. S. (2012). Learning communities in learning schools: Developing the social capacity for change. In C. Day (Ed.), International handbook of teacher and school development (pp. 477-492). Abingdon and New York: Routledge.

  21. Louis, K. S. & Robinson, V. (2012). External mandates and instructional leadership: principals as mediating agents. Journal of Educational Administration, 50(5), 629-665.

Selected Presentations

  1. Wahlstrom, K. & Louis, K. S. (2015, November). Principals as transcultural leaders: making authentic connections that enhance teaching and learning. Presentation at the annual meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration, San Diego, CA.

  2. Louis, K. S. (2015, November). Linking leadership to learning:  State, district, and local effects. Invited keynote: Nordic Educational Research Conference, Uppsala, SE.

  3. Louis, K. S., Murphy, J., & Smylie, M (2015, November). Caring principals: An exploratory analysis. Paper presented at the University Council for Educational Administration, Washington, D.C.

  4. Louis, K. S. (2015, November). “No silos for teachers: The role of professional community.” Presented in an innovative session (didactic) at the University Council for Educational Administration, Washington, D.C.

  5. Louis, K. S. (2015, September). Leadership for equity: Caring for all our children. Invited keynote speech, School Leadership Seminar, Zug, Switzerland

  6. Tchachenko, O. & Louis, K. S. (2015, July). How do cross-disciplinary research groups emerge and function in the context of a public research university?  Presentation at the annual conference of the European Group for Organizational Studies, Athens, Greece.

  7. Tkachenko, O. & Louis, K. S. (2015, July). Activity theory in complex organizations. Paper presented at the European Group for Organizational Studies. Rotterdam, NL.

  8. Louis, K.S. (2015, April). Political culture, curriculum, structure and equity: Questions, no answers. Presentation at the German-American Workship, annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

  9. Louis, K. S. (2015, April). What principals do to foster better instruction – with implications for districts. Presentation at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

  10. Smylie, M., Murphy, J., & Louis, K. S. (2015, April). A grounded model of caring school leadership. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

  11. Revsbeck, D., Demerath, P., & Louis, K. S. (2015, January). From “turnaround” to organizational becoming. Paper presented at the International Congress for School Effectiveness and School Improvement, Cincinnati, OH.

  12. Louis, K. S. & Lee, M. (2015, January). District governance contexts, school culture and teachers’ capacity for organizational learning. Paper presented at the International Congress for School Effectiveness and School Improvement, Cincinnati, OH.

  13. Louis, K. S. (2015). School leaders as cultural leaders. Presentation to the Minnesota Association of School Administrators and Minnesota Association of Directors of Special Education.

  14. Louis, K. S. (2015). Learning from leadership. Workshop for school administrators, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO.

  15. Tkachenko, O. & Louis, K. S. (2014, July). Activity theory in complex organizational settings: The activity system model as a lens for orchestrating activities. Paper presented at the European Group for Organizational Studies annual conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

  16. Louis, K. S. (2014, April). Public value and education: Redefining the role of schools and schooling. Presentation at APS, Utrecht, Netherlands.

  17. Tkachenk, O, Ardichvili, A, & Louis, K. S. (2014). Impact of prior experience and a broader socio-cultural context on employees’ participation in communities of practice. Paper delivered at the Association for Human Resource Development.

  18. Louis, K. S. (2014, January). Qualitative data in evaluation: A U.S. perspective. Seminar for faculty at Jojakarta State University, Jogjakarta, Indonesia.

  19. Louis, K. S. & Ingram, D. (2014, January). Getting to data-driven instructional talk: The role of the principal. Paper delivered at the the International Congress for School Effectiveness and School Improvement, Jogjakarta, Indonesia.

  20. Louis, K. S. & Lee, M.  (2014, January). Organizational learning: Context and cultures that matter. Paper presented at the International Congress for School Effectiveness and School Improvement. Yogjakarta, Indonesia.

  21. Louis, K.S. (2014, January). Redefining the role of schools a schooling: A public values perspective. Keynote address at the International Congress for School Effectiveness and School Improvement, Jogjakarta, Indonesia.

  22. Tkachenko, O. & Louis, K. S. (2013, November). Reshaping the faculty: A case study of the emergence and development of “permanent-contingent” roles. Presentation at the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

  23. Jarva, C. & Louis, K. S. (2013, November). Teaching and learning vs. doing school. Presentation at the University Council for Educational Administration, Indianapolis, IN.

  24. Palmer, E. L. & Louis, K. S. (2013, November). Talking about race: Overcoming fear in the process of change. Presentation at the University Council for Educational Administration, Indianapolis, IN.

  25. Louis, K. S. (2013, October). What is a strong culture for student learning? Presentation to the Austrian Educational Research Association, Innsbruck, Austria.

  26. Louis, K. S. (2013, November). The principal as a cultural leader. Presentation to Austrian principal educators, Innsbruck, Austria.

  27. Louis, K. S. (2013, July). Telling our stories. Presentation to the Legends Women’s Leadership Conference, Sugar Lake, MN. [Invited four hour workshop]

  28. Updated December, 7, 2016