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Dan Mahoney

dan mahoney

Education

B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1976
Ph.D., Gonzaga University, 1995

Website

Dan Mahoney at Gonzaga University

Email

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Biographical Note

I am professionally dedicated to school renewal, not school reform. The difference between reform and renewal is that reform is about whatever is politically fashionable, pendulum-like in popularity, and usually under-funded, lacking in professional development, and short-lived. Renewal is about the process of individual connections in the lives of educators working together to understand and improve their professional practice. Renewal is not about a point in time; it is about all points in time. Renewal is about continuous critical inquiry in action related to principled innovation, including current practices, that might improve education.
Through the courses I teach in the various programs in the School of Education, my job is to be engaged in, and help engage people in, an ongoing process of renewal.
I feel blessed to be able to work with nurses and administrators in the Master of Anesthesiology Education program in Spokane, with teachers and administrators in the Master of Arts in Leadership and Administration program in Canada, and with teachers and future administrators in our Principal Certification program in the state of Washington. It is my honor to be with you as we work together to improve the lives of others.

Publication Types

Scholastic, Academic Research

Latest Publication Title

Ethics in the Classroom: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice (2008)

Publication Excerpt

My primary area of research is the practical and professional ethics of teachers and administrators. This research has evolved into designing and teaching courses in ethics for the Department of Leadership and Administration, and it has resulted in several articles and four books.
My first book, An Organizational, Social Psychological, and Ethical Analysis of School Administrators' use of Deception, published in 2003, examines the role of organizational dynamics in shaping ethically compromising situations.
My second book, Ethics and the School Administrator: Balancing Today's Complex Issues, published in 2006, helps administrators understand and more effectively deal with the ethical compromises that arise from the complex organizational and interpersonal demands of their leadership roles.
My third book, Ethics in the Classroom: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice, published in 2008, helps show educators how they might choose among ethical approaches to decision-making as they face the difficult choices they make every day.
Another recent book is Overload and Collapse in the K-12 System, published in 2008. This is an edited book my colleague, Al Fein, and I designed to help get the profound messages of many of our Canadian students' research findings into the hands of educators and policy makers.
My current research extends into the practical and professional ethics of other categories of professional educators.

Additional Publications

Overload and Collapse in the K-12 System (with Albert H. Fein) (2008)
Ethics and The School Administrator: Balancing Today's Complex Issues (2006)
An Organizational and Ethical Analysis of School Administrators' Use of Deception (2003)

How did Evergreen help you in your career?

Bertrand Russell said "Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted on man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false."
This type of certainty represents one of the greatest challenges in leadership, and in life.
How do we know what is true? How do we know what policies to promote, what actions to carry out?
Evergreen helped me understand that it is okay, and that it is good, to get in there and ask those questions.