|Dr. Jerome Cranston|
Dr. Jerome Cranston (Education) is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education. He researches and teaches as part of an interdisciplinary, international “community of inquiry” on topics of education and social justice. His work uses critical perspectives to explore organizational structures and behaviours that act as blinders to social injustice in the education system.
Cranston’s research interests include human resource management in schools, and organizational behaviour and structure in schools. His forthcoming article in the McGill Journal of Education, “What Do You Mean Your Staff Is Like Family”? uses critical discourse analysis to challenge the kind of marketing metaphors sometimes employed in the name of staff development that actually obscure the important discourse of education by reinforcing unnecessary models of power and status. Much of his work focuses on the lived experience of the ethical dimensions of school leadership, and in particular how personnel hiring and management can transform from a set of random acts to a just enterprise.
Cranston is also involved with various partners from across Manitoba’s kindergarten to grade 12 spectrum as part of the province-wide Social Justice Coalition. His professional experience spans the range from elementary school teacher, principal and superintendent to researcher and writer. He is a member of the Centre for Human Rights Research Initiative’s Advisory Board.