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Norma T. Mertz

Professor Emerita


Norma Mertz is Professor Emerita, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Retired after 45 years of service, at the University of Tennessee, Mertz, a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, will continue to teach the Values and Ethics in Leadership course for doctoral students.

Mertz is the co-editor (with Vincent Anfara) and a contributor, to the 2015 book, Theoretical Frameworks in Qualitative Research, 2nd ed., with Sage publishers, and editor and contributor to the 2009 book, Breaking into the All-Male Club: Female Professors of Educational Administration, with SUNY Press. Recent publications include a chapter in Women of Color in Higher Education: Contemporary Perspectives and New Directions, vol. 9, edited by. J.M. Gaetane and B. Lloyd-Jones, entitled, Women of color faculty: Recruiting, hiring and retention; a piece with S. L. Pfleeger in The Diversity Mentoring Casebook, edited by D. Clutterbuck and K.M. Poulsen, entitled, If everyone who makes it has a mentor, does everyone who has a mentor make it? Case study of a corporate mentoring project; and one in W. H. Sherman (Ed.), Disrupting the status quo? Young and new professors of educational administration, entitled Then…and now: Reflections on women in educational administration.

Mertz has been published in the Journal of School Leadership, Urban Education, and Educational Administration Quarterly and has been a frequent presenter at AERA and ASHE.

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