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Peter Murrell

Peter Murrell, Ph.D., Professor of Urban Education, Loyola University
Senior Associate for Research and Development, Co-Founder

In Memorium, 1952-2015
peterPeter C. Murrell, Jr. was a Professor of Urban Education at Loyola University Maryland. He was the Founding Dean of the School of Education, and served as dean until June of 2011. Peter was the Co-Founder and Senior Associate for Research and Development of the Alliance for Community Teachers and Schools, where he lead the design and delivery of the organization’s Communities of Practice professional development programs. Dr. Murrell consulted with urban school districts in major cities across the country to develop systematic solutions to the challenges of elevating the quality of teaching and learning in diverse urban schools and communities.  Dr. Murrell’s research focused on the role of social identity in academic proficiency and intellectual developing in learners as well as their teachers, and showed how to promote the development of academic identity and racial/cultural identity in the varied social contexts in urban schools and communities. He has authored several books, numerous articles and book chapters on the theory and practice of building culturally centered learning communities for teachers and students, including The Community Teacher (Teachers College Press), African-Centered Pedagogy (SUNY Press) and his most recent monograph Race, Culture and Schooling: Identities of Achievement in Multicultural Urban Schools (Lawrence Erlbaum). As a member of the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education’sTEAM-C (Teacher Education as a Moral Community) and working committees of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) he was actively engaged in the development of new models of teacher preparation and professional development.  A former middle school and high school teacher (Milwaukee Public Schools), college-access program administrator (Marquette University), psychology department chair (Milwaukee Area Technical College), and Professor of Psychology and Education (Alverno College), Dr. Murrell earned his bachelors degree in Psychology from Carleton College; his masters degree in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and his Ph.D. in Urban Education and Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


The Alliance for Community Teachers and Schools and Loyola University Maryland is pleased to announce the first:

Dr. Peter C. Murrell, Jr. Memorial Symposium on Urban Education
A Culture of Caring: Transformation approaches to urban schooling

Welcome Reception: Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Please purchase tickets here. All proceeds will support the Peter C. Murrell, Jr. Memorial Fund.

Symposium: Thursday, October 6, 2016

Andrew White Student Center, McGuire Hall

Loyola University Maryland

8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

The symposium, including all food and materials, is free and open to the public. Registration for the full day is required.  Space is limited to 200 participants.