Dr. Steven Gerner has been named assistant dean of the College of Education and director of the forthcoming Center for Christian Education at Concordia University Chicago. Gerner is also executive director and CEO of the Milwaukee-based Center for Urban Education Ministries (CUEM), which is moving to Concordia-Chicago’s campus this spring.

Dr. Steven Gerner

The CUEM is a national nonprofit organization where the vital mission is to “relentlessly strengthen urban education” through “Recruitment, Resources, and Recognition.” While the CUEM will remain independent of Concordia-Chicago, the two organizations will work together to develop comprehensive resources for urban Lutheran educators throughout the U.S. Separately, the University’s new Center for Christian Education will serve as a catalyst for the discovery, creation and growth of faith-fueled educational opportunities in America.

With great excitement, Gerner expressed, “With truth, freedom and vocation as foundational pillars, CUC is the perfect place to offer a lasting education. This opportunity to learn at Concordia University Chicago provides students with meaningful Christian education in a truly loving environment. Everyone needs to experience CUC up close and get engaged with its vital mission.”

Gerner has extensive background and experience as an educator (grades 1-8), school administrator (PK-8), professor and consultant. As a leading expert on urban education, he speaks and provides professional development to the community on the topics of teacher quality, city education and classroom management. With 28 years of urban education experience, he continues to propel forward innovative and engaging educational strategy with the goal of success for all students. Gerner earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University (FL), his master’s in education from Concordia University Wisconsin and his bachelor’s in elementary education from Martin Luther College (MN).