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Linda Tillman is editor of SAGE Handbook of African American Education

Linda C. Tillman, professor and coordinator of the Educational Leadership doctoral program, recently edited a book titled The SAGE Handbook of African American Education. The book combines theoretical and empirical findings into six main subject areas: historical perspectives, teaching and learning, PK-12 school leadership, higher education, current issues and education policy. 

Published by SAGE Publications, the Handbook focuses on both historical and current issues affecting the participation and leadership of African Americans in the U.S. educational system. It also addresses the way African Americans in the private and corporate sector affect African American educational policy.

“Despite the literature’s emphasis on generic models of teaching and wholly psychologized notions of learning, research on African American teaching and learning by African American scholars has offered us some new ways of thinking about students, their families, their culture, and pedagogy. This work has challenged the literature of cultural deficiency and disadvantage,” says Gloria Ladson-Billings, a prominent scholar in African American education who teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tillman is a former high school teacher with a keen interest in the study of African Americans and their role as leaders in the education system. She is an active member in the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) where she is the associate director for graduate student development and a Jackson Scholar mentor. She is also vice president of Division A of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). 

The SAGE Handbook of African American Education includes a chapter co-written by Carol Malloy, associate professor of mathematics education at the School. The chapter focuses on African American education in charter schools.