Tondra Loder-Jackson, Ph.D.


Director. Dr. Loder-Jackson was appointed as the CUE Director on January 1, 2013. She has served previously as the CUE's Associate Director, Communities and Schools Project (CAST) Director, Urban Teacher Enhancement Program (UTEP) Faculty Liaison, and Urban Education Project (UEP) steering committee member, from which the CUE eventually evolved.  She is an associate professor in the Educational Foundations Program. A native of Birmingham since 1974, Dr. Loder-Jackson graduated from the Birmingham City Schools, and has received bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees respectively from Birmingham-Southern College, The University of Chicago, and Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in urban education at The University of Pennsylvania. In the early nineties, as a program director at the George M. Pullman Educational Foundation, she piloted a career and college counseling initiative, The Building Your Future Program, for students at Fenger High School on Chicago’s South Side. Dr. Loder-Jackson has published extensively on issues related to urban education, Birmingham’s civil rights and education history, and home, school, and community relations. She has also served in leadership and service roles for professional and civic organizations.

Educational Background

Constance E. Clayton Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Education, 2002-2003 

Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development & Social Policy, December 2002
Program in Human Development & Social Policy, School of Education & Social Policy,

Master of Public Policy with concentrations in urban poverty & policy, June 1991
Irving B. Harris School of Public PolicyUniversity of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Science in Political Science, May 1989   
Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, & Honors Program Scholar

Courses Taught

EDF 362

Foundations of Education I: Social, Historical, and Philosophical:  An examination of the historical, social, philosophical, and comparative foundations of contemporary American education.

EDF 600

Urban Education:  An examination of the historical, social, political, and economic factors that shape urban education in America.

EDF 606

Social Movements in Education: An examination of how the Progressive education movement, along with other major social movements in recent history have shaped American education. The history of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham and its impact on schools, communities, and the lives of educators and students is of special interest.

EDF 620

Culture and American Education: Race, Class, and Gender:  An examination of the interlocking influences and socially constructed meanings and understandings of culture, race, ethnicity, class, and gender in American education.

EDF 691

Special Problems in Educational Foundations: The Birmingham Civil Rights Movement: The Civil Rights Movement is examined through the lens of the historical struggle for universal education in the United States. Emancipated from slavery, U.S. citizens of African heritage had a strong desire for education and began to mount campaigns for movement toward an educated populace. The struggle for social and educational justice and how it has shaped the contemporary educational arena in the United States is the focus of this course.

Contact Information

Associate Professor 

Department of Human Studies

Phone:  205-934-8304
Fax:  205-975-8040

Office Hours:  Varied hours & by appointment

Mailing Address

The University of Alabama at Birmingham
School of Education
Human Studies Department
EB 219, 1720 2nd AVE S
Birmingham, AL 35294-1250

Physical Address

EB 219
901 13th Street South
Birmingham, AL  35294-1250