Samuel D. Henry, EdD, is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
He received a BS degree from DC Teachers College, taught in secondary schools for four years in WashingtonD.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 a 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 Portland Educational Network, an educational reform collaborative, an urban fellow (PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs) and department chair (DePauwUniversity 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; also chairing the Oregon Commission on Children and Families from 2003 to 2009.
He has designed and taught in a study abroad program for North American teachers in Morelia, Mexico, and presented internationally in ten 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 currently serves on the board of the nonprofit PovertyBridge.
He has ongoing professional activities in Caribbean Basin countries and in Turkey, and is planning collaborations with colleagues in Sweden. For eight years he and Dr. Emily de la Cruz worked in a summer migration studies program in Morelia, Mexico. In 2011, he and Dr. Christine Cress, along with doctoral students, presented at a conference in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
In 2010, Dr. Henry was appointed to the Oregon State Board of Education by Governor Kitzhaber. In June, 2013 he was appointed chair.
Samuel Henry, EdD
Portland State University
Graduate School of Education
Curriculum and Instruction
PO Box 751
615 SW Harrison
Room 596 SBA
Portland, OR 97207-0751