Faculty Department Program(s) and Research Interests
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

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.

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

Joan Poliner Shapiro, Ed.D.

Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

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.

I believe in merging scholarship with service and teaching. Hence, previously, I served as Associate Dean for Research and as Chair of the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at Temple. Additionally, I have been Co-Director of Women’s Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, taught in secondary schools in the United States and United Kingdom, and supervised intern teachers at Penn. Currently, I am the Vice President of Temple University’s Faculty Senate and the Co-Director of the international movement, the New DEEL (Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership) Community Network. Over the years, I have been honored to receive the following: the Outstanding Teacher's Award from Temple's College of Education in 2004; the Willower Award of Excellence for my book on professional ethics in 2006; the Lindback Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award in 2008; the University Council of Educational Leadership's Master Professor Award in 2009; the Author of the Month, Routledge Publishers, July, 2010; and Temple's Great Teacher Award 2011.

Lori Shorr

Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Urban Education

My interests in education stem from the two paths that brought me to Temple: First, a PhD in Critical and Cultural Studies with an emphasis on how social changes are connected to, and influenced by, narratives - be they political, historical, social or personal and; Secondly, a twenty year career in policy development and implementation from Special Assistant to three Pennsylvania Secretaries of Education to eight years as the Chief Education Officer for the City of Philadelphia setting the Mayor's policy agenda in K-12 and higher education. The courses I teach, the work I continue to do in the community and the mentoring I do with students is therefore centered around the theories which help us to explain how power, representation, constructions of social justice and community interact with the "lived experiences" and policy realities in specific historical junctions. I am currently working on building a collaborative of regional school leaders who are committed to working in collaboration across sectors ( district, charter, private) on increasing opportunities for success for all students through wholistic and project-based instruction. I remain committed to increasing the capacity of the schools and the non-profit sector in Philadelphia in order to bring about equity in educational opportunitiy in hopes of a more just city.

Lauren E Smith, PhD

Psychological Studies in Education

Counseling Psychology

Michael W. Smith, Ph.D.

Office of the Dean |Teaching & Learning

Secondary Education |English Education

Tamara Sniad, Ph.D.

Teaching & Learning

TESOL

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Emeritus Faculty

Judith Stull Associate Professor

Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Higher Education

An empirical sociologist, Dr. Stull teaches statistics, research methodology, project evaluation, and the sociology of education especially as it pertains to higher education. Her research has focused on improving educational achievement, especially those who are at risk of failing and spans Pk through graduate students.  She was project evaluator for multi-million-dollar U.S. DoE and NSF projects and works extensively with science professionals.

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Teaching & Learning

Secondary Education |English Education

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