Dr. Paul Manthei
In addition to his role as ULS Interim Superintendent, Dr. Manthei currently serves in the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education Dean’s Office as the Director of Logistics for Online & Continuing Education Partnerships. He is responsible for providing leadership in the development and implementation of the college’s entire portfolio of academic programs offered via distance learning modalities as well as the college’s extensive offerings of professional education and lifelong learning opportunities online in coordination with the division of Online and Continuing Education.
Previously, as an Instructor in the CHSE School of Education, Dr. Manthei taught various courses in teacher preparation, academic advising, and academic strategies for students transitioning to college. After several years as a University Supervisor for Clinical Experiences, he was the Interim Coordinator for the Office of Field Experiences from 2016 – 2017. Past duties in the School of Education also included several responsibilities as Assistant to the Director for the School of Education, including serving as the Title II Coordinator for the School of Education and as Coordinator for the Online MA in Higher Education Administration and Educational Technology Programs.
Before pursuing his doctorate, Dr. Manthei taught English at both the middle and high school level, including five years as the 8th grade RWW instructor at ULS. His dissertation examined the factors contributing to the academic success of Black male students pursuing advanced degrees at predominantly White institutions. Research interests include student success, ethics in education, critical theory, policy and leadership in education, student retention, and higher education. He is especially interested in issues that examine race, culture, and social justice in education.