Noelle Witherspoon Arnold
Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies, Director of the EdD Program, The Ohio State University
Nominee: Angela Valenzuela
Noelle Witherspoon Arnold is an associate professor and the director of the EdD Program in the Department of Educational Studies at The Ohio State University. A former administrator at the district and state level, Dr. Arnold currently serves as a consultant throughout the U.S. advising districts in data analysis, cultural mediation, and STEM leadership. She is president of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and the first African American female to serve in this capacity for UCEA. Dr. Arnold has over 40 publications and her articles have appeared in leading educational journals, including the Teachers College Record, International Journal of Leadership in Education, The Journal of Negro Education, International Journal of Educational Reform, and the Journal of Educational Administration. She has nine books published or in press and serves as the series editor of New Directions in Educational Leadership and assistant editor of the International Journal of Leadership in Education. Dr. Arnold is a two-time nominee for both the Jack Culbertson Award for UCEA and Division A Emerging Scholar Award (AERA). She has served as an expert on issues in urban schooling and religion and education for NPR and other news outlets.