Decoteau J. Irby
Department of Administrative Leadership
Decoteau J. Irby, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the department of Administrative Leadership at UWM. His research interests include the cultural politics of urban education; zero tolerance, school safety, and discipline policies; ideological dimensions of school reform movements; and schooling and labor experiences of Black males. He has presented research papers at numerous conferences including American Educational Research Association, American Association of Geographers, and Association of Black Sociologists and has published papers in journals such as Studies in Educational Evaluation and Urban Education. Currently, Dr. Irby is Vice-Chair of the Safe Schools and Communities SIG of the American Educational Research Association.
Before joining the faculty at UWM, Dr. Irby spent years working in various capacities to improve and expand educational access and opportunities to youth and young adults in the city of Philadelphia. In 2008, he was selected as an Ethnic Minority Dissertation fellow at University of San Francisco where he taught in the Department of Leadership Studies. He also received the Korn Humanitarian Award and the Benjamin Banneker Award from Temple University for his research and advocacy work in education. Finally, he is a co-founder of AAKT Concepts LLC, a social justice-oriented organization that works to improve the programming and service delivery of organizations that work with marginalized populations.