L. Arthur Safer, PhD
Professor of Leadership
College of Graduate and Innovative Programs
Dr. Safer teaches educational leadership classes at Concordia including School Evaluation and Change Process and Ethics in School Leadership. Among his areas of expertise are educational leadership, policy development and higher educational administration.
Prior to joining Concordia’s faculty, he served as associate dean and professor for the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago, department chair and professor at Appalachian State University and special assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Education during the Carter administration. Dr. Safer has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2010.
- PhD, Educational Administration. Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
- MPA, Public Administration. Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
- MEd, Educational Administration. Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio.
- BA, Zoology/Physiology. Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, Ohio.
Academic and Professional Highlights
- “Chicago HOPES: An Educational Intervention Program for Homeless Youth in Chicago's Shelters” (with R. Wilhite; P. Sims; S. Mann). National Council for Professors of Educational Administration's (NCPEA) 2011 Annual Conference; Portland, Ore., August 2011.
- “Chicago HOPES: Strengthening Educational Success for Chicago's Homeless Students” (with R. Wilhite, and S. Mann). 2011 ASCD Annual Conference; San Francisco, Calif. August 2011.
- “Educational Success for Homeless Students, National Staff Development Council's (Learning Forward)” (with R. Wilhite; P. Sims; S. Mann). 2011 Summer Conference; Indianapolis, Ind., July 2011.
- “Chicago HOPES: Strengthening Educational Success for Chicago's Homeless Students” (with R. Wilhite, and S. Mann).ASCD Annual Conference; San Francisco, Calif., March 2011.
- “Integrative Learning Through a Case Method Approach to Undergraduate Education” (with R. Wilhite, and P. Sims). ACCA Scholarship of Pedagogy Symposium; Chicago, October 2010.
- “Applying Adaptive Leadership to Sustain K-12 District Initiatives and Challenges” (with R. Wilhite, and S. L. Mann). National Council of Professor of Educational Administration (NCPEA) Annual Conference; Washington, D.C., August 2010.
- “What May Go Wrong? Predicting Policy and Program Implementation Obstacles” (with R. Wilhite, and S. L. Mann).National Council of Professor of Educational Administration (NCPEA) Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., August 2010.
- “Chicago HOPES: An Educational Intervention Program for Homeless Youth in Chicago Shelters” (with S.L. Mann). 8th Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium, Champaign-Urbana, Ill., June 2010.
- “Chase Framework: Predicting Educational Implementation Obstacles.” National Staff Development Council (NSDC) Annual Convention, St. Louis, Mo., December 2009.
- “Applying Adaptive Leadership to Sustain K-12 District Initiatives and Challenges” (with R. Wilhite, and S. Mann). International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 5. No. 3. 2010.
- “Chicago HOPES: Eliminating Educational Roadblocks for Homeless Students” (with R. R. Wilhite; T. Kroeger; S. Mann). American School Board Journal, May 2011.
Awards & Honors
- Professor Emeritus, Loyola University Chicago, 2000-
- External Scholars Grant Award, Hubbard Center for Faculty Development; Appalachian State University, 2005-2006.
- External Scholars Grant, Hubbard Center for Faculty Development; Appalachian State University, 2002-2003.
- Appalachian State University: “Investigating the Role of Obstacles and Options in the Decision-Making Process of College Students and Adults,” University Research Council, $1,980, 2003.
- U.S. Department of Education: “Using Live Theatre to Research Adolescents’ Attitudes and Behavior Related to Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education and Prevention,” Drug Free Schools Model Demonstration Grants to Institutions of Higher Education, $306,950, 1990-1993.
- Illinois State Board of Education: “Promoting Educational Excellence and Communication: A Screening and Educational Program for Children Ages 3-5 at Risk of Academic Failure,” $199,000, 1985-1987.
- Board member, Board of Directors, Franciscan Outreach Association
- Board member, Board of Trustees, Temple Emanu-El
- Board member, East Village Youth Program Advisory Board
- Board member, Board of Directors, The Man and the Sea Project, Inc.
- Member, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla #84