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Cafferty, Siobhan

Title/s:  Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Community Engagement;
Clinical Assistant Professor; Coordinator of International SOE Programs, Acting Program Chair for Cultural and Educational Policy Studies

Specialty Area: Administration and Supervision; Teacher Leadership; Principal Preparation; Superintendent Preparation; Practicum Coordination; International Program Development and Partnership

Office #:  Lewis Towers 1107, WTC

Phone: 312.915.7002

Email: scaffer@luc.edu

CV Link: /media/lucedu/education/faculty/cv/Cafferty-CV-Fall16.pdf


It is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a (wo)man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, (s)he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. - Robert Kennedy, 1966 - Cape Town, South Africa

Siobhan Cafferty, EdD, is currently the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Community Engagement; Coordinator of International SOE Programs; and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Administration & Supervision program. Dr. Cafferty comes to Loyola with a variety of experiences as an educator and school administrator. As a teacher and school counselor, she worked closely with teachers, parents, and school administration to ensure student success in the Catholic, public and nonpublic schools in Chicago. She has also served as a school building administrator in the Archdiocese of Chicago, Youth Connection Charter Schools and in the Chicago Public Schools. Her experience as a consultant with the National College for School Leadership in London, England through the London Challenge Program allowed her to support and coach school administrators and lead teachers in London’s most challenging and vulnerable schools. Most recently, Dr. Cafferty served as the Principal of both Saint Elizabeth Elementary School and Holy Angels Elementary School in Chicago’s Bronzeville community.


  • EdD Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

Program Areas

  • Administration and Supervision

Research Interests

  • Catholic School Leadership
  • Ignatian Pedagogy
  • Principal Preparation
  • District Leadership
  • International Experiences for Teachers and School Leaders

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Lycée Français de Chicago - Board Member
  • ISBE - Partnership for Educator Preparation (PEP) Committee
  • Archdiocese of Chicago - Academic Excellence - Board Committee Member
  • Chicago Principals and Administrators Association (CPAA)
  • Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI)
  • Illinois Principals Association (IPA)

Courses Taught

  • CIEP 360 - Workshop: Culture and Identity in Rome, Italy
  • ELPS 465 - Instructional Leadership: Cultural Context Informed Decision Making in Rome, Italy
  • ELPS 460 - School Administration
  • ELPS 461 - Issues in School Law
  • ELPS 484 - School Law, Policy, and Community


  • Joan and Bill Hank Center - Course Development Grant Awardee - 2020-21 - “Finding the Jesuit Jesus: 14 Days in Rome - Preparing for a Professional Life - Living the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.”