Should QuERI become an independent not-for-profit organization, the QuERI Board of Advisors will become the Board of Directors with Elizabethe Payne and Melissa Smith also serving as initial Board members. The Advisory Board currently advises QuERI graduate students on research projects and works to create Institute sustainability.
Dr. Barbara K. Dennis is Associate Professor of Education at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, focusing on methodology and methodological theory. She has been actively involved in social justice research and teaching throughout her career, winning awards for her liberatory teaching and research practices. She has been especially dedicated to social justice issues in schools and education writ large.
“As a methodologist, I am keenly interested in approaches that actively engage the field in change, that seek egalitarianism and social justice, and that promote the well-being of marginalized people. QuERI does all of this. I am proud of the results QuERI has obtained in its work with bullying and reducing stigma in schools. The leadership of Dr. Payne has been a crucial force in the success of this unique and influential organization.” Barbara K. Dennis, Ph.D
Cris Mayo, Ph.D is Associate Professor, Educational Policy Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include philosophy of education, gender and sexuality studies, environmental education, and multicultural theory. Her current work focuses on gay/straight alliances in public schools and their work in the formation of associational identities, examining how such groups organize around and address differences of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, and sexuality.
Mayo’s book Disputing the Subject of Sex (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004, reprinted in paperback, 2007) details clashes over AIDS education and gay inclusive multicultural education in New York State in the 1980s and 1990s. Her next research projects examine environmental education programs and the implications of relatively low-impact technologies for gender and mobility.
Glennda Testone, M.A., has been a leader in the field of social justice and civil rights for over 15 years. She is the first female Executive Director of the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Community Center. Prior to her position at The Center, she held positions in the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and The Women’s Media Center. Testone’s strong passion compels her to fight diligently to assist LGBT New Yorkers in need, to empower queer young people and to assist her community to achieve their individual and collective dreams. Testone currently sits on the board of CenterLink; the community of LGBT Centers, the Human Resources Administration (HRA) Citizens Advisory Committee and the National Council for Research on Women’s Emerging Leaders Advisory Committee.
“The QuERI approach to school change is comprehensive and research-based, working with policy at the state, district and school levels, as well as preparing pre-service teachers, providing professional development to in-service teachers, leadership programs for high school students, teaching Education graduate students, conducting multiple research studies on LGBT issues, and disseminating and applying that research. The depth, breadth and success of a program that has never been funded is truly remarkable, and I have seen organizations with half a million dollar budgets do far less.” Glennda Testone
Dr. James Scheurich is Professor of Urban Education Studies and Coordinator of the PhD Program in Urban Education Studies at Indiana University-IUPUI.
Scheurich has been the editor of the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education for over 15 years and was an associate editor for Educational Administration Quarterly (EAQ) for four years. He served for six years on the executive committee for the University Council for Educational Administration, the premier education leadership national research organization. He is among a small group of scholars who led changes in the national education discourse about the importance of race in education, about the possibility of success for schools and districts of color, and about social justice as a focus for departments of educational leadership. As an indicator of his national reputation, in 2007 Professor Scheurich was nominated for president of the American Education Research Association (AERA).
“Having spent a long career as an education professor, I have never seen a center or institute that is more effective and more productive than The Queering Education Research Institute (QuERI), directed by Dr. Elizabethe Payne. Single handedly, Dr. Payne has created a remarkable operation with little support from anyone but the graduate students who have assisted her. They have produced significant scholarship, numerous submissions on Huffington Post, state policy papers, conference presentations, policy development work, university courses, and numerous school programs and professional developments. In other words, they are doing what many education scholars advocate needs to be done in any area of change in education.” James Scheurich, Ph.D.