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Dr. Marilou Ryder serves as Assistant Professor of Education at Brandman University teaching Master’s and Doctoral students. As an educational leader Dr. Ryder has been fortunate to participate in a wide range of experiences at both the university and school district level. Working in six school districts within two states her experiences have included classroom teaching, leadership as a middle school principal, assistant superintendent of educational services, and district superintendent for both a unified and union high school district.
Dr. Ryder’s scholarly interests range widely, from the history of women in leadership to that of mentoring teachers to become future school leaders. Her dissertation entitled, “The Impact of Male Gender Dissonance on Women’s Potential Eligibility for Advancement to the Position of Superintendent” was later published as a popular book, entitled, “The SeXX Factor: Breaking the Unwritten Codes that Sabotage Personal and Professional Lives” by New Horizon Press in 2003. She recently authored “Rules of the Game: How to Win a Job in Educational Leadership” a professional book that offers “Insider Tips” and “Trade Secrets” to help educational leaders reach their career goals. An accomplished presenter, Dr. Ryder speaks extensively throughout California delivering a lively and engaging presentation entitled, Boost Your Promotion Quotient.
Throughout her career, Dr. Ryder has been an energetic and determined advocate for scholarly learning and practice and is deeply committed to raising the quality of education through innovation and sustainable change practices.