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Meet Professor Samuel Henry
Meet Professor Samuel Henry

Samuel D. Henry, EdD, is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
He received a BS degree from DC Teachers College and taught in secondary schools for four years in Washington D.C., and Binghamton, New York. Dr. Henry earned a master's in curriculum development and a doctorate in urban education from Columbia University Teachers College with an ethnographic field study of the confluence of culture, curriculum and student's lives.

He taught and directed an undergraduate urban teacher education program (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), directed the federal school desegregation assistance center for Region II: NY, NJ, VI, PR, served as a university presidential assistant (San Jose State University), an associate dean (SJSU and CSUN), assistant vice president for student affairs (SJSU). He is a founding executive director of the Portland Educational Network, an educational reform collaborative, serving as an urban fellow (PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs) and department chair (DePauw University and PSU’s Curriculum and Instruction). He has also served on the City of Portland Children's Investment Fund, the Multnomah County Commission on Children and Families; and chaired the Oregon Commission on Children and Families from 2003 to 2009. In 2010, Dr. Henry was appointed to the Oregon State Board of Education by Governor Kulongoski, where he has continued to serve and is chair: 2013-15. In 2011, Governor Kitzhaber appointed him to the Oregon Education Investment Board, and in 2013-14 he served as on the Legislative Committee on the Governance and Structure of Higher Education. In 2014, he was elected Western States Director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), and chaired the Public Education Committee. He served on the PSU internationalization Council, the Diversity Action Council, and the Academic Priorities Committee. He was awarded the President’s Diversity Award in May, 2015.

Dr. Henry has designed and taught in a study abroad program for North American teachers in Morelia, Mexico, and presented internationally in twelve different countries, authoring more than two dozen chapters, grants and publications. His research interests include organizational leadership and politics, culture, contact and diversity, curriculum development, and international education. He recently served on the board of the community-based nonprofit, Poverty Bridge, and is on the advisory board of the Rosegarden Turkish-American Community Center. Additionally, he has served on over 75 doctoral committees while championing equity in schools, dual language instruction, best practice for charter schools, and the ban of Native American Mascots in public schools for the State of Oregon.

He has ongoing professional activities in Caribbean Basin countries, and in Turkey, and he has recently worked in collaborations with colleagues in Cambodia and Thailand. For eight years, he and (the late) Dr. Emily de la Cruz developed and taught in a summer migration studies program in Morelia, Mexico. Since doing fieldwork on a Black West African-inspired Solstice celebration in Venezuela in 2010, and supporting the collaboration with Mwenge University in Tanzania, he has presented at conferences in Dublin, Stockholm, Rotterdam, Paris, Phnom Pen, Istanbul and Las Vegas.


Samuel Henry, EdD
Portland State University
Graduate School of Education
Curriculum and Instruction
PO Box 751
1900 SW Fourth Avenue Building (FAB)
Room 596 SBA
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Phone: 503-725-3304
Fax: 503-725-8475
Email: henrys@pdx.edu