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Meet assistant professor Jada Phelps-Moultrie
Meet assistant professor Jada Phelps-Moultrie

Jada Phelps-Moultrie, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department in the Graduate School of Education. She comes to us from Indiana University, Indiana where she completed her PhD in urban education studies with a silo in educational leadership and policy studies. 

Her dissertation was a two-year qualitative study focused on how Black parents are involved in schools using critical race theory as a framework and critical ethnographic methods to explore their involvement. Her current research agenda expands this line of inquiry. On one hand, she explores to what extent the phenomenon known as racial battle fatigue influences "parenting while Black" and at the school level, she is interested in how school leaders perpetuate or disrupt factors that marginalize Black children. 

Dr. Moultrie has other emerging research endeavors in the areas of cultural responsive online learning platforms and self-care for students of color in terminal degree programs in the social sciences at Research I and II institutions. Dr. Moultrie has published over 20 publications, including two peer reviewed book chapters and two peer reviewed articles. She has presented numerous times at several national conferences including UCEA, AERA, and CRSEA. Moultrie is also a UCEA Barbara Jackson Scholar Alumni and UCEA David Clark Seminar Participant. 

Nationally, she has served on several councils and committees, presently serving as the graduate student council representative for the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and the logistics program coordinator for the 2017 Annual Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA). 

Dr. Moultrie began her career as a practitioner over a decade ago as a social studies teacher in the fourth largest school district in the US. She progressed up the ranks holding several district level administrative positions, encompassing school principal, district instructional coach, dean of students, Title I Coordinator, and so forth, in her 13-year tenure across four different states in the largest urban area schools in this country. Recently, she worked for two research centers, the Great Lakes Equity Center, one of the ten equity assistance centers providing technical assistance and research to school districts in Region V, and the Urban Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (UCASE), serving as a program coordinator focused on recruiting underrepresented teachers of color in the STEM teaching areas.

The Indianapolis native received a BS in education from Ball State University in 2000 and she became a 13-time track and field MAC Champion, NCAA All-American, and 2000 Olympic Trial Qualifier at Ball, as well as a consecutive Dean's List Scholar. She also holds a master’s in sports management from the University of Tennessee. 

Her proudest accomplishments are her three children, Stephen, Andric, and Alaira, and being a military wife to a newly retired 20-year Army Veteran that has survived four deployments to Iraq. 

Jada Phelps-Moultrie, PhD
Portland State University
Graduate School of Education
Educational Leadership and Policy
PO Box 751
Room 240E
Portland, OR  972017-0751
Phone: 503-725-9657
Fax: 503-725-3200
Email: jada3@pdx.edu