Jim Cibulka


Prior to his appointment as President of National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Cibulka served as dean of the College of Education at the University of Kentucky from 2002 to 2008, with appointments as professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies and the Department of Education Policy Studies and Evaluation. While in Kentucky, Cibulka was appointed by the governor to the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board, and he served as chair of that body.

Cibulka has a long and distinguished record in higher education. Prior to his service in Kentucky, he was associate dean and professor in the University of Maryland’s College of Education and served as chair of the Department of Educational Policy, Planning, and Administration. From 1972 through 1995, Cibulka was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he established the Department of Community Education. From 1988 to 1995, he directed the Ph.D. program in urban education at Wisconsin. From 1992 to 1995, he also served as editor of the Educational Administration Quarterly.

Cibulka started his career as an administrator for the Chicago Board of Education and as a teacher and administrator in the Model City Community Schools Program in Duluth, MN.  His areas of academic interest and expertise include the politics of education, education policy, policy analysis, and urban education. His research has focused on urban school governance, school policy and politics, and education accountability. He has authored or coauthored numerous books and scores of articles on education policy, administration, and community development.

Cibulka holds a B.A. from Harvard College, magna cum laude, with a major in Government. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in the Department of Education, where he concentrated in the fields of educational administration and political science. Cibulka has held leadership and service positions in numerous professional associations and has been active on a number of community boards. His career also includes service as a senior research fellow at the U.S. Department of Education and active membership in several associations that address teacher preparation and teacher quality.