Courtney Mauldin

Courtney Mauldin
Assistant Professor

Courtney Mauldin is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership in the Teaching and Leadership Department in the Syracuse University School of Education. Her scholarly research focuses on amplifying the voices and leadership practices of youth/girls of color with particular attention to how youth perspectives are central to reimagining and transforming K-12 leadership,  schools, and communities. 

In the Spring of 2022, she was accepted to and completed the Museum Education Practicum with the Studio Museum in Harlem. 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 and role in the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Division A of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Association of African American Museums (AAAM).



  • 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.


  • Engaged Communities Faculty Fellow
  • Equity, Inclusion, and Action Committee of Division A, AERA
  • AACTE Holmes Scholars Program Advisor 
  • Co-Founder of The Breedlove Readers (Syracuse)

Courses Taught

  • 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