Faculty Department Program(s) and Research Interests
Larry J. Krafft,  Ph.D.

Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Adult & Organizational Development

Larry J. Krafft is professor of Adult & Organizational Development.  He is the founding director of three centers at Temple:  Management and Organizational Development in Education, Center for the Study of Psychoeducational Process and Educational Policy Analysis; and has served as Department Chair.  His professional interests center on exploring and applying complex-adaptive systems perspectives through social system action research.  His field-based projects span diverse networked governmental, NGO, corporate, community, and educational settings in Asia, Africa, Caribbean, Europe and North America.  His studies of agent based dialogic approaches address nonlinear relationships among assessment, planning, and intervention, as highlighted by his professional presentations, publications and case studies. 
Larry especially enjoys exploring and creating conditions for organizational and personal learning with practitioners and students.  His current research is on the history of efforts at educational improvement in archaic structures that impede optimal learning in light of changing human conditions, needs and prospects. He is studying global and local emerging entrepreneurial practices signifying systems of learning that challenge established notions of the nature of “education” and its derived practices, structures and benefits.

Peshe C. Kuriloff, Ph.D.

Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

School Leadership

Janice Laurence, Ph.D.

Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Adult & Organizational Development

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Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Higher Education

Doug Lombardi, Ph.D.

Teaching & Learning

Middle Grades Education

Christopher McGinely, Ed.D.

Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

School Leadership

Christopher McGinley has been an activist educator from the earliest days of his tenure when he worked tirelessly to advocate on behalf of children with disabilities. His involvement in leadership activities in the School District of Philadelphia, lead him to become an elementary school principal at Adaire School at age thirty. While working in Philadelphia, he was promoted to the positions of middle school principal at Austin Meehan, Cluster Leader, and Executive Director of Leadership Development. He was responsible for planning professional development and for preparing new principals. 
In 1999, Dr. McGinley became the assistant superintendent and then became superintendent in The School District of Cheltenham Township in 2003. He worked with the University of Pennsylvania to establish the Delaware Valley Minority Student Achievement Consortium (Delaware Valley Center for Equity and Excellence), an organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap. In 2008, Dr. McGinley became the superintendent of Lower Merion School District; a district routinely recognized as one of the top school districts in the nation.
Much of Dr. McGinley’s work has focused on issues of advocacy. He concluded his service in Lower Merion in 2014. His work on the achievement gap in Cheltenham and in Lower Merion are notable examples of how he is driven by principle and personal conviction to support access and equity. Dr. McGinley has also been a strong advocate for inclusive practices in special education.

Kristina Najera, Ph.D.

Office of the Dean |Teaching & Learning

Early Childhood & Elementary Education

Sabina Rak Neugebauer, Ed.D.

Teaching & Learning

Early Childhood & Elementary Education |Literacy & Learners

Dr. Neugebauer’s research focuses on the literacy development of traditionally underserved students in under-performing elementary and middle schools. Her research examines two essential components of literacy development: vocabulary and reading motivation. Dr. Neugebauer investigates these two facets of reading at three complementary levels of analysis (individual, classroom, and school context) to more comprehensively identify ways to support students in achieving equitable educational outcomes. 

Kristie Jones Newton, Ph.D.

Teaching & Learning

Middle Grades Education

Timothy Patterson, Ph.D.

Teaching & Learning

Secondary Education |Social Studies Education

Areas of Professional Interest

  • Teacher education in the social studies
  • Global and international education, particularly as they relate to teacher professional development
  • Geography in the social studies classroom
  • International and diplomatic history
Laura Pendergast, Ph.D.

Psychological Studies in Education

School Psychology

Lynda Ahrentschild Price, Ph.D.

Emeritus Faculty

Special Education

Ivan J. Quandt,  Ed.D.

Emeritus Faculty

Early Childhood & Elementary Education

Elizabeth D. Richard

Teaching & Learning

Career & Technical Education

Dr. Richard teaches Cooperative Education certification classes and is responsible for the Center's Continuing Technical and Professional Development and Support across all content areas. Dr. Richard's interests are career/technical and academic integration, CTE program administration, contextual and experiential learning, cooperative education, B. S. degree recruitment, program-to-program articulation and student advising. She brings many years of industry, academic teaching, and CTE experience to this position.

Lia Sandilos

Psychological Studies in Education

School Psychology

Jayminn Sulir Sanford-DeShields, Ed.D.

Teaching & Learning

Early Childhood & Elementary Education

Kenneth G. Schaefer, Ph.D.

Teaching & Learning

TESOL

Catherine C. Schifter, Ph.D.

Psychological Studies in Education |Emeritus Faculty

Instructional Learning Technology

Joel Schneider

Psychological Studies in Education

Counseling Psychology |School Psychology

Joan Poliner Shapiro, Ed.D.

Emeritus Faculty

Higher Education

My research focuses primarily on ethical leadership, and on gender, diversity and accountability issues in education. I have co-authored a number of books including: Reframing Diversity in Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002); Gender in Urban Education: Strategies for Student Achievement (Heinemann, 2004); Ethical Educational Leadership and Decision Making in Education: Applying Theoretical Perspectives in Complex Dilemmas (3rd ed.) (Routledge, 2011); and Ethical Educational Leadership in Turbulent Times: (Re)Solving Moral Dilemmas (2nd ed.) (Routledge, 2012, forthcoming), I have also published over fifty journal articles and book chapters.

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