I received my Doctorate in Educational Leadership: Curriculum and Instruction in 1992 from the University of Pennsylvania. The University of Pennsylvania is a research one institution and the Graduate School of Education has distinguished itself nationally and internationally in the areas of leadership, literacy, policy and cultural studies. The GSE is the site of many federal research grants and institutes. It is also a key center in higher education for application of anthropological and ethnographic methodologies in educational research and critical practitioner research. My dissertation, passed with distinction, came in second for the award of Dissertation of the Year. It was a qualitative study, innovative in format, in that it combined traditional ethnography with narrative and interpretation and documented multiple levels of the systemic change process, covering personal, professional and institutional change as well as a literacy staff development partnership between the urban private University and public schools.
I continue to conduct scholarly work in the areas of: leadership, multiple forms of literacy, importance of the arts and creativity in society and principles and practices of democracy. I have authored, presented, chaired, and conducted workshops at American Educational Research Association, Association of Moral Education and the International Reading Association as well as numerous local, state, national and international conferences. I have also collaboratively written and presented with colleagues, graduate students, their students and K-12 educators. I have served as Senior Editor, Editor and Associate Editor of our statewide academic journal, The Journal of Educational Leadership and Administration: Teaching and Program Development. I have served as a proposal reviewer numerous times and recently as a manuscript reviewer for an educational book publisher. I have published book chapters and articles.
Bryan, P. (2012). Chapter Nine, Making space for our stories: Imagining a democratic classroom, In Monzo, L.D. & Merz, A., (eds). The Hope for Audacity: Public Identity and Equity Action in Education, Vol 2 in Critical Education & Ethics Series. New York: Peter Lang.
Bryan, P. (2012). Chapter Nine, Democracy’s hope, in Batagiannis, S.C., Kampol, B., Wilson, A.V., (eds). The Hope for Audacity: From cynicism to hope in educational leadership and policy, Vol 3 in Critical Education & Ethics Series. New York: Peter Lang.
Bryan, P. & Hayes, O., (fall 2010). Making Space for our stories, Imagining a democratic classroom. E journal, Scholarly Partnerships, Fort Wayne: Indiana University/Purdue University Press.
Bryan, P. (winter 2010). Crisis model: First responders. E journal, Russian American Forum for Education, #2.
Muchnick, B. & Bryan, P. (May-June 2010), Positive learning, Camping. Martinsville IN: American Camping Association Inc. pp 64-69.
P. Bryan. (2004). Chapter 6, Reworking urban educational leadership through naming and narrative inquiry, Essays on Urban Education: Critical Consciousness, Collaboration and the Self. Social Justice Consortium, Cresskill NJ: Hampton Press Inc.
P. Bryan. (2004). Chapter 10, Can we talk…about collaboration?, Essays on Urban Education: Critical Consciousness, Collaboration and the Self. Social Justice Consortium, Cresskill NJ: Hampton Press Inc.
Journal of Educational Leadership and Administration, Teaching and Program Development, Senior Editor, Editor, Associate Editor, Editorial Review Board
Journal of Poetry and Poetics, Founding Advisory Board Member, Chapman University
Russian American Educational Journal, Founding Editorial Board Member
Issues in Teacher Education, Editorial Review Board and Article Reviewer
Journal of School Leadership, Article Reviewer
Equity and Excellence, Special Issue: Social Justice and the Arts, Article Reviewer
American Educational Research Association: Multiple Special Interest Groups Conference Proposal Reviewer, Presenter, Chair
Leadership for Social Justice founding member, Critical Educators for Social Justice, Action Research, Democracy and Engaged Citizenship, Arts Based Research
Corwin Press, manuscript reviewer Leadership texts
St Martins Press, a division of Macmillan manuscript reviewer Children’s Literature/Literacy text