James Cibulka
Former President


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James Cibulka is the former president of the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation, where he focused on making accreditation a lever for change and reform in educator preparation to meet the urgent needs of students. Cibulka started his career in Chicago as a teacher and administrator. He then served at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for 23 years, establishing the Department of Community Education and directing the doctoral program in urban education. Prior to his appointment as president of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, he served as dean of the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. While there, Cibulka was appointed by the governor to the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and served as its chair. Cibulka also served as the associate dean, chair and professor at the University of Maryland’s College of Education. He is the author of numerous books and scores of articles. In 2006 he received the Stephen K. Bailey Award by the Politics of Education Association. Cibulka earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a doctorate from the University of Chicago.