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Melissa Riley Bradford (she/her/hers) is a Professional Lecturer in the department of Leadership, Language and Curriculum. She teaches educational leadership, research methods and value-creating education and directs the Internship Program for Principal, Superintendent, General and Higher Education Leadership Preparation. Melissa not only teaches at DePaul; she is also a 2018 graduate of the DePaul’s doctoral program and brings that experience to her mentorship of doctoral students. In 2008, she founded Tallgrass Sudbury School in Riverside, IL and currently serves as the president of its board of directors.
Research InterestsDemocratic education; dialogue; Ikeda/Soka Studies; qualitative research methodologies; Self-Directed Education; value-creating leadership
Selected PublicationsBradford, M. (2022). Creating the [insert name here] methodology: A doctoral journey into value-creative dialogue. Conceptual analyses of curriculum inquiry methodologies, Sandy Watson, O. Wiliams-Duncan, S. Austin, S. & J. Bell (Eds.).
Inukai, N., & Bradford, M. (2022). Authentic care in a virtual environment: A self-study of Buddhist compassion. Care After COVID: Reconstructing understandings of care in teacher education. Angela Webb and Melanie Shoffner (Eds.).
Bradford, M. (2021). Imparting hope and inspiring joy: Practicing value-creative dialogue in educational leadership. Hope and joy in education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda across curriculum and contexts. Isabel Nuñez & Jason Goulah (Eds.).
Nagashima, J., & Bradford, M. (2021). Belonging, places and digital spaces: A value-creative inquiry. The Journal of School and Society.
Bradford, M., & Shields, M. (2017). Resistance to neoliberal ways of thinking through Soka and EcoJustice teaching traditions. The Journal of School and Society.
Honors and Awards
Faculty Recognition Award, DePaul University’s Latinx Graduating Class, 2022
Ikeda Center Education Fellowship Recipient, 2015