Richard Gonzales

Associate Professor-in-Residence

Director, Educational Leadership Preparation Programs

Educational Leadership

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D, Educational Administration, The University of Texas at Austin
M.Ed., Educational Administration, The University of Texas at Austin
B.S., Applied Learning and Development, The University of Texas at Austin


Richard Gonzales is an associate professor in residence in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education. He currently serves as director of educational leadership preparation programs and leads the UConn University Principal Preparation Initiative, a $5.45 million project funded by the Wallace Foundation, which aims to improve principal pre-service training.

Dr. Gonzales received his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin.  Before entering higher education, he worked as an elementary bilingual teacher, an elementary principal, and a district-level administrator.  His research interests include leadership development, principal preparation, equity issues in education, urban education, and school improvement.

Selected Publications/Presentations:

Gonzales, R. (2020, May 21). Changing Principal Preparation to Help Meet School Needs. Wallace Foundation.

Gonzales, R. (2020, March 4). Lesson Learned by (Re)Design: Assessing Candidate Outcomes in UConn’s Administrator Preparation Program. NASSP.

Woulfin, S. L., Donaldson, M. L., & Gonzales, R. (2016). District Leaders’ Framing of Educator Evaluation Policy. Educational Administration Quarterly, 52(1), 110-143.

Cobb, C., Weiner, J., & Gonzales, R. (2016). Historical trends and patterns in the scholarship on leadership preparation. In G. Crow & M. Young (Eds.), UCEA Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders, 2nd edition.

Richard Gonzales.
Contact Information
Phone860 486 5635
Mailing AddressUnit 3093
Office LocationGentry 224