Robert Barner, program director for the Educational Leadership Academy and the Master of Arts in Education for Teacher Preparation, is the first faculty member to be honored as the Rosalyn S. Heyman Distinguished Professor of School Leadership. This is a two-year appointment defined to include a title granted at the discretion of the dean and the University administration to a full- or part-time faculty member who may or may not be tenure-track or tenured. The appointment was discussed with a search committee and associate dean of education, Martine Jago.
Barner has served in many different roles within the K-12 educational field, including his time as Assistant Superintendent for Los Angeles County and within the Los Angeles Unified School District. At GSEP, he has also served as an adjunct and visiting faculty.