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Oliver, Bernard

Professor and Director
UF Alliance
College of Education

University of Florida
343B Norman Hall
PO Box 117053
Gainesville, FL 32611
Fax: 352-392-0017

Research Biography

My current research interests are in the areas of diversity/multiculturalism; leadership; high school reform, and social contexts of teaching and learning. I have served in post-doctoral fellowships/training programs at Harvard University, The University of Texas at Austin, the BUSH Foundation, the National Center for Educational Statistics, and the Eli Broad Urban Superintendents Academy. My teaching and administrative appointments include Dean (12 years), Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, Professor of Educational Administration, and serving as the Ewing Kauffman/Missouri Endowed Chair in Education. I have expertise in the following areas: diversity, leadership training, physical education, high school reform, and the social/cultural aspects of teaching and learning.


Ed.D. – Stanford University, Teacher Education and Curriculum Development

M.A. – Stanford University, Education, Physical Education/history

Teaching & Superintendent’s License, California & Virginia

Key Professional Appointments

Director/Professor, University of Florida Alliance, University of Florida, College of Education, 2005-Present

Assistant Superintendent for High Schools, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, (15 sites), 2002-2005

Ewing Kauffman Endowed Chair/Dean, Director, Center for Educational Partnerships, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1997-2005

Dean/Professor, Washington State University, 1991-1997

Activities & Honors

Mediation & Conflict Management, Yarborough Group, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Institute for Educational Management, Harvard

Academic Fellowships: Stanford University, Council of Southern Universities, Bush Leadership Program, National Ford Foundation Fellowship, The University of Texas R&D Center

President: Association of Land Grant, State Universities, & Affiliated Private Universities

Board of Directors: American Association of Colleges of Teacher, Education; Holmes Partnership, AERA Program, Committee, Nomination Committee-AACTE, Fiscal Affairs-ATE

Awards: NAACP Professional Appreciation Award, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award, African American Male Image Award


University of Missouri/South Africa Partnership, $100,000.

Ewing Kauffman Foundation Principals Institute, $300,000.

University of Missouri Urban Teaching Fellows, $71,000.

Washington State University Future teachers of Color, $60,000.

Washington State University College of Education Campaign, $5.5 million (includes $1.5 million from Boeing for endowed chair).

Selected Publications

Urban education forum: Issues, answers, and problems. Kansas City Alliance of Black School Educators, 2002.

The use of concept maps as a facilitative to enhance students Learning & understanding of diversity/multicultural education. Las Vegas, National Association for Multicultural Education, 2001.

A new leader for urban schools to meet the challenges of the new Millennium. Las Vegas, National Association of Multicultural Education, 2001.

Pedagogical strategies that enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of diversity. Cincinnati, ACE Educating All of One Nation, 2001.

Beyond standards and assessment: Teaching African-American children resilience and prevention strategies. Los Angeles, National Alliance of Black School Educators, 2001.

Minorities in physical education – African-American perspectives on recruitment and retention. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance, 64, 65-81, 1993.

Defining competence: The case of teaching. Journal of Physical Education, 9, 184-188, 1990.

The career ladder and lattice: A new look at the teaching career. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 7, 132-141, 1993.

Teacher development and job incentives: A psychological view. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education,7,132-141, 1987.

Female teachers, student achievement and attitudes in coed Instruction. Education, 1033, 139-144, 1982.

Desirable qualities in teacher appraisal systems. The Teacher Educator, 18,(3),26-10, 1982.

Evaluating teachers and teaching. California Journal of Teacher Education, 8(2), 82-87, 1981.

Systematic observation: Improving teaching in physical education Journal of Professional Studies, 5(3), 30-35, 1980.

Teacher characteristics and classroom behavior. Journal of Classroom Interaction, 16(1),11-18, 1980.

Selected Links

Department of Education

American Association of School Administrators