Dr. Steven Gross
Professor of Educational Leadership
Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Ritter Hall 246
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091
phone/fax: (215) 204-8064 / (215)204-2743

  • Ed.D. University of Pennsylvania, Educational Leadership
  • M. S. University of Wisconsin, Asian History 
  • B. A. Temple University, History
Areas of Professional Interest

My teaching, scholarship, and service center on this question: How can schools initiate and sustain deep democratic reform in a turbulent era such as ours? Through my books (Ethical Educational Leadership in Turbulent Times (2008)(co-authored with Joan P. Shapiro), Leadership Mentoring: (2006), Staying Centered: Curriculum Leadership in a Turbulent Era (1998) and Promises Kept: Sustaining School and District Leadership in a Turbulent Era (2004) and articles, I have explored this question in the US and abroad. I have also developed Turbulence Theory to help explain how and why organizational conditions become volatile.  I have served as Editor of ASCD’s Curriculum Handbook series and am a Senior Fellow at the Vermont Society for the Study of Education. Because I think we need to act on our beliefs, I have joined with scholars and practitioners around the world in forming a movement called the New DEEL (Democratic-Ethical Educational Leadership). The New DEEL promotes the values of democracy, social justice and authentic learning in schools through conferences, graduate course work, and writing.

Recent Scholarship


Shapiro, Joan Poliner & Gross, Steven Jay (2007) Ethical educational leadership in turbulent times: (Re)solving moral dilemmas. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Gross, Steven Jay. (2006) Leadership mentoring: Maintaining school reform in turbulent times. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). 

Anfara, V., Roney, K., Smarkola, C., DuCette, J., Gross, Steven Jay. (2006) The Developmentally responsive middle level principal: A leadership model and measurement instrument. Middle Level Leadership Series: The National Middle School Association. 

Gross, Steven Jay. Leadership Mentoring: Maintaining School Reform in Turbulent Times (In Press). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield and the American Association of School Administrators

Gross, Steven Jay. Promises Kept: Sustaining Innovative Curriculum Leadership. (2004) Alexandria, Virginia: The Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Gross, Steven Jay: (2000-2002) - Series Editor. The Curriculum Handbook. Alexandria, Virginia: The Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Gross, Steven Jay.(1998) Staying Centered: Curriculum Leadership in a Turbulent Era. Alexandria, Virginia:Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Recent Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals and Book Chapters:

Gross, Steven Jay. (in press) Establishing meaningful leadership mentoring in school settings: Transcending simplistic rhetoric, self-congratulation, and claims of a panacea . In M.D. Young, G. Crow, R. Ogawa, and J. Murphy (Eds.). The Handbook on Research in Educational Leadership. Austin, TX: University Council of Educational Leadership.

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

Gross, Steven Jay. (2006) (Re-) Constructing a movement for social justice in our profession. International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning 10 (30). Gross, Steven Jay & Shapiro, Joan Poliner (2005). Our new era requires a new deel: Towards democratic-ethical educational leadership. UCEA Review. Vol XLVII (3) pp 1-4.

Gross, Steven Jay & Shapiro, Joan Poliner. (2004) Using Multiple Ethical Paradigms and Turbulence Theory in Response to Administrative Dilemmas. International Studies in Educational Leadership.

Gross, Steven Jay. (2004) Civic Hands Upon the Land: Diverse Patterns of Social Education and Curriculum Leadership in the Civilian Conservation Corps and its Analogues 1933-1942 . In C. Woyshner, J. Watras, & M. Smith Crocco (Eds.) Social Education in the Twentieth Century: Curriculum and Context for Citizenship. NY: Peter Lang Press .

Gross, Steven Jay (2003) Leadership Standards or Leaving Standardization for Leadership? In V. Anfara, and S. Stacki (Eds.) Middle Level Handbook Series, Greenwich, CT.:Informationage

Gross, Steven Jay. (2003). Uncovering New Acres of Diamonds: Educational Leadership in a Time of Turbulence and Opportunity at Temple University. National Forum of Educational Leadership and Supervision Journal v. 20 pp. 46-62.

Gross, Steven Jay, Shaw, Katherine, Shapiro, Joan . (2003) Deconstructing Accountability Through the Lens of Democr atic Philosophies: Toward a New Analytic Framework. The Journal of Research for Educational Leadership v.1 n 3 pp 5-27.