Courtney Mauldin

Courtney Mauldin
Assistant Professor
Academic Program Area Focus: Educational Leadership, Literacy Education, Selected Studies in Education, Teaching and Curriculum

Courtney Mauldin is an Assistant Professor in the Teaching and Leadership Department in the Syracuse University School of Education. Her interdisciplinary research and scholarship illuminates how youth and girls of color use arts-based and literacy practices as methods for leadership, identity construction, and reimagining schools and communities. 

With arts-based methods and inquiry central to both her research and teaching, Dr. Mauldin’s recent projects focus on Envisioning Black Girl Futures (CNY Humanities Corridor Award) alongside educators and community leaders as well as using critical arts-based approaches with youth to co-construct educator resources, influence school policy change, and integrate youth voice into the school setting in meaningful and innovative ways.

Her most recent publications are featured in Frontiers in Education, Journal of Educational Administration and History with chapter contributions to the Routledge Handbook of Critical Education Research as well as the Routledge text, Standing with Youth, Family, and Community Educational Leaders in School Leadership: Case Studies for Educational Equity and Justice. 

Currently, Dr. Mauldin facilitates the Central New York Educators of Color Dialogue and runs the teen book club, The Breedlove Readers which she co-founded in Syracuse, NY in Spring 2020. 

She maintains an active membership in the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) and serves as the Arts-Based Educational Research Program Chair within the American Educational Research Association (AERA). 


  • Ph.D. in K-12 Educational Administration, Michigan State University 
  • M.Ed. in Instructional Practice, Lipscomb University 
  • B.A. in Communication Studies, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Research & Scholarship

Research Focus:

Inclusion of youth voices in school leadership and policy with particular attention to youth voices of color and the use of arts-based methods.


  • 2023 CNY Reading Council International Literacy Association Celebrate Literacy Award
  • Engaged Communities Faculty Fellow
  • Arts-Based Educational Research Program Chair (AERA)
  • AACTE Holmes Scholars Program Advisor 
  • Co-Founder of The Breedlove Readers (Syracuse)

Courses Taught

  • EDU 481: Education, Research & Theory
  • EDU 700: Community Engaged Research and Participatory Methods
  • EDA 722: Curriculum & Instructional Leadership for Equity & Excellence
  • EDA 762: Leadership for Inclusive Schooling 
  • EDA 890: Seminars I, II, and III in Educational Leadership 
  • EDU 600: Baldanza Fellows Seminar