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Rose Ylimaki, Ph.D.

Title: Department Chair
Department: Educational Leadership and Policies
College of Education
Phone: 803-777-4735

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Rose M. Ylimaki is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Policies at the University of South Carolina. She locates her work at the intersection of curriculum studies and educational leadership. Ylimaki brings her knowledge of complex education ideologies, curriculum policies and practices at international, national, and local (community and school) levels to administrative audiences. Her most recent project bridging curriculum and educational leadership studies with Michael Uljens (Abo Akademi, Finland) bridges educational leadership studies, curriculum theory, and Didaktik with a deeper root in education theory. Three core concepts of education theory are foundational for understanding curriculum work as educational leadership: reciprocal recognition, summoning of the Other to self-activity and intentional learning. Next steps include a comparative empirical project examining curriculum work as leadership at multiple levels from classrooms to transnational levels.

Ylimaki has also studied leadership in schools with underserved populations as part of an international study of school leadership and a school development project in low performing schools.

Her journal articles appear in Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of School Leadership, Leadership and Policy in Schools, and the American Educational Research Journal among others. She also has two books published by Routledge and two edited volumes published by Springer Press.

Prior to her academic career, Rose Ylimaki served as a principal and curriculum director in K-12 schools. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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