Joan Poliner Shapiro, Ed.D.
Joan Poliner Shapiro, Ed.D.
Professor of Educational Leadership
Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Ritter Hall 238
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091
phone: (215) 204-6645

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of London, Institute of Education
  • Ed.D. University of Pennsylvania, Educational Leadership
  • Ed.M. University of Pennsylvania, Social Sciences
  • B.S. Simmons College, History and Education
Selected Professional Experience
  • 2001-2004. Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Temple University
  • 2000-2001; 1991-1996. Associate Dean, College of Education, Temple University
  • 1984-1988. Co-Director, Women's Studies Program, University of Pennsylvania
Areas of Professional Interest
  • Ethics in Education
  • Gender Issues in Education
  • Diversity Issues in Education
  • Accountability Issues in Education
Recent Scholarship

Books (authored)

Shapiro, J.P. & Gross, S.J. (2013) Ethical educational leadership in turbulent times: (Re)Solving moral dilemmas.(2nd ed). New York: Routledge.

Shapiro, J.P. & Stefkovich, J.A. (2011). Ethical leadership and decision making in education: Applying theoretical perspectives to complex dilemmas. (3rd ed.). New York: Routledge.

Ginsberg, A. Shapiro, J.P., & Brown, S.P. (2004).Gender in urban education: Strategies for student achievement. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Shapiro, J.P., Sewell, T.E. & DuCette, J.P. (2002) Reframing diversity in education. Lancaster,PA: Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Selected Articles in Refereed Journals and Edited Books

Shapiro, J.P. (2009). Commentary: A school divided. In Ontario College of Teachers and Ontario Principals’ Council of Ontario. Exploring leadership and ethical practice through professional inquiry. (pp.111-112). Laval, Canada: Les Presses de l’Université Laval. 

Shapiro, J.P. (2009). Ethics and social justice within the new DEEL: Addressing the paradox of control/democracy. In Normore, T. (ed.). Leadership for social justice: Promoting equity and excellence through inquiry and reflective practice (pp.287-301) Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing Inc.

Gross, S.J. & Shapiro, J.P. (2009). Fear versus possibility: Why we need a new deel for our children’s future. In Shapiro, H.S. (Ed.). Education and hope in troubled times: Visions of change for our children’s world (pp.90-103). New York: Routledge.

Shapiro, J.P. (2008). Gender at the center: The making of an educator. In Ginsberg, A.E., The evolution of American women’s studies: Reflections on triumphs, controversies, and change. (pp.55-65)New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Shapiro, J.P., Gross, S.J. & Shapiro, S.H. (2008, May). Ethical decisions in turbulent times. The School Administrator, pp.18-21.

Shapiro, J.P. & Hassinger, R.E. (2007).Using case studies, framed as ethical dilemmas, for the development of moral literacy: Toward educating for social justice. Journal of Educational Leadership, 45(4), pp. 451-470.

Caldwell, C., Shapiro, J.P. & Gross, S.J. (2007). Ethical leadership in higher education admissions: Equality versus equity, The Journal of College Admissions,195, 14-19.

Shapiro, J.P. (2006). Ethics and social justice within the new DEEL: Addressing the paradox of control/democracy. International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning December, 2006, 10(32), Retrieved on December 18, 2006, from

Gross, S.J. & Shapiro, J.P. (2006). The design team faces a new hurdle: Time to keep it real. In Gross, S.J., Leadership Mentoring: Maintaining School Improvement in Turbulent Times (pp.85 – 99), Lanham, MA: Rowman and Littlefield.

Shapiro, J.P. (2006) Ethical decision making in turbulent time: Bridging theory with practice to prepare authentic educational leaders. Values and Ethics in Educational Leadership, Winter, 4(2): pp.1-8.

Gross, S.J. & Shapiro, J.P. (2005). Our new era requires a New DEEL: Towards Democratic ethical educational leadership. UCEA Review, Fall, pp.1-4.

Gross, S.J. & Shapiro, J.P. (2004). Using multiple ethical paradigms and turbulence theory in response to administrative dilemmas. International Studies in Educational Leadership, 32(2), pp.47-62.

Shapiro, J.P., Ginsberg, A. & Brown, S.P.(2004). The ethic of care in urban schools: Family and community involvement. Leading and Managing, 9(2), pp.45-50.

Stefkovich, J.A. & Shapiro, J.P. (2003). Deconstructing communities: Educational leaders and their ethical decision-making processes. In Begley, P. & Johansson, O. (eds.). The ethical dimensions of school leadership (pp.69-106). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Gross, S.J., Shaw, K., & Shapiro, J.P. (2003). Deconstructing accountability through the lens of democratic philosophies: Toward a new analytic framework. The Journal of Research for Educational Leadership. 1(3), pp.5-27.

Gross, S.J. & Shapiro, J.P. (2002).Towards ethically responsible leadership in a new era of high stakes accountability. In Perrault, G. and Lunenberg, F. The Changing World of School Administration. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., pp. 256-266.