Combining a rich background in teaching, educational leadership and scholarship, Rodney J. Reed is a Professor Emeritus of Education, University of California, Berkeley, Professor and Dean Emeritus of the College of Education, Pennsylvania State University, former Oakland, California public school teacher and administrator, and a former Associate Band Director, Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has been a member of, and has held leadership positions in, a variety of recognized local, state, and national educational and civic organizations.
He holds the B.A. Degree from Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University), the Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and the Ph.D. degree in Educational Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
He has received resolutions from both the California State Assembly and Senate for his educational contributions to their respective education committees and to the California K-12 public school system more broadly, and citations from various city, state and university educational organizations and civic and civil rights advocacy groups.
He has been a member of the Editorial Boards of several peer reviewed Educational Journals such as the Educational Researcher, the Journal of African American Male Studies and Educational Administration Quarterly. Among others, he has served on the boards of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, the Council of Presidents and Deans for the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Board of Directors of Pennsylvania 2000, the Bay Area Urban League, and the Board of Advisors, Walden University. He was also co-developer of the music section and reviewer of “Museum Content, Narratives and Films” for the initial San Francisco Museum of the African Diaspora.
Although currently retired, he is a Past Grand Sire Archon (International President) of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and currently serves as its official historian. Additionally, is the author of A Grand Journey: The History of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity 1904-2010 first published in 2015.
He and his wife currently reside in Oakland, California.