David E. DeMatthews is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Foundations Department at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He received his PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park in the area of educational policy and leadership. Dr. DeMatthews has also served as a high school social studies teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools and assistant principal and special education policy analyst for the District of Columbia Public Schools. Currently, Dr. DeMatthews works with graduate students teaching coursework related to school personnel, curriculum renewal, special education, and educational policy. He represents UTEP as the plenum session representative with the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA) and has published frequently in a number of research journals including, Teachers College Record, Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of School Leadership, Leadership and Policy in Schools, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, and Education Policy Analysis Archives. He is an active educational researcher and has studied school leadership, specifically examining how principals lead for social justice in high poverty urban contexts and in regards to students with disabilities and linguistically diverse students.