Tyll Van Geel

Tyll Van Geel

Professor Emeritus
Educational Leadership
JD, Northwestern University (law)
EdD, Harvard University (educational administration)
AB, Princeton University

Tyll van Geel joined the University faculty in 1972 and later was named the Earl B. Taylor Professor and chair of Educational Leadership. He was named an Emeritus Professor in 2007. His research includes legal and applied ethical issues in education.

Van Geel is the co-author of A Teacher's Guide to Education Law (Routledge, 4th. ed., 2010), a book that provides a concise introduction to topics in education law that are most relevant to teachers. He is also co-author of Educational Law: An Introduction for Administrators and Policy Makers (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2nd ed., 2000), a popular textbook used in the preparation of education leaders and a very accessible resource for the modern educational administrator. He also authored Understanding Supreme Court Opinions (Longman, 6th ed., 2008) and numerous articles and chapters in publications for the academic and legal communities, as well as for professional educators. He is currently working on a book on democracy and education.

Van Geel is leading a project, funded by the Dewitt-Wallace Reader’s Digest Foundation, to strengthen decision-making as a critical component of educational leadership training. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow, Spencer Fellow, and Fulbright-Hays Fellow. He is also an attorney.

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