Faculty Department Program(s) and Research Interests
Quaiser Abdullah, Ph.D.

Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Adult & Organizational Development

Dr. Gregory Anderson

Office of the Dean |Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Higher Education

Scholarly Expertise & Interests:

  • Sociology of Higher Education
  • Socio-economic and Racial and Ethnic Inequality
  • Urban and Comparative Education
  • Social Change and Development
Cynthia Belliveau, Ph.D.

Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Adult & Organizational Development

Julie L. Booth, Ph.D.

Office of the Dean |Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Educational Psychology

Sarah A. Cordes

Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

School Leadership

Sarah Cordes is an Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership at Temple University. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of education and urban policy, school finance, and applied quantitative methods. Her research focuses on the ways in which the urban context, including neighborhoods, housing, and charter schools, affect student outcomes. In particular, her current work explores the spillover effects of NYC charter schools on nearby public school students, the effects of residential and school mobility on student performance, and how changes in school resources influence parents' investments in their children's education. In other ongoing work, she is examining the effects of housing vouchers on student performance. She is a recent recipient of the C. Lowell Harris Dissertation Fellowship awarded by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy for her work on the relationship between school resources and parental investments.

Maia Bloomfield Cucchiara, Ph.D.

Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Urban Education

Maia Cucchiara is an Associate Professor of Urban Education at Temple University. Her research interests fall into three often-overlapping categories. First, she is interested in urban education policy and particularly in the intersections between policy assumptions and discourses, issues of race and class, and people’s lived experiences. Second, she studies family-school relations, with a focus on how class shapes parents’ experiences with urban schools and their children’s education more broadly. Third, she is interested in the impact of urban development and revitalization on public education and the implications for disadvantaged students.  Cucchiara is the author of Marketing Schools, Marketing Cities:  Who Wins and Who Loses When Schools Become Urban Amenities (University of Chicago Press, 2013). Her current project, an ethnographic study of low-income mothers’ experiences with parenting education, is funded by a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation.

James Earl Davis, Ph.D.

Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Higher Education |Urban Education

My research focuses on gender and schooling outcomes; men, boys and masculinity; sociology of higher education; and applied research methods. I am particularly interested in issues of access and equity in the educational pipeline as they are informed by gender, race, class, and the intersection of these social locations. My research agenda has been driven by reoccurring questions related to what we know about the social context of identity and how institutions (e.g., schools, college and universities, families, and communities) and policy (e.g., education reform, gender-based instruction and schools) are implicated in academic and social outcomes. I’ve had the opportunity to work with inspiring colleagues and graduate students who continue to refine my work and its impact. Currently, I have funding from the National Science Foundation for the project, STEMing the tide: Exploring factors related to males of color interest, engagement and achievement in mathematics and science. This project will facilitate the dissemination of the most recent research about identity and it relationship to science and mathematics achievement for boys and young men of color.

Richard M. Englert, Ed.D.

Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Higher Education

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Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Adult & Organizational Development

Eddie Fergus

Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Urban Education

Eddie Fergus is an applied researcher. His work explores the effects of educational policy and practice as it intersects the lives of populations living in vulnerable conditions. More specifically his policy work extrapolates the relationship between discipline codes of conduct, gifted program practice, and academic referral processes and the educational outcomes of low-income and racial/ethnic minority student populations. This work also outlines policy and practice changes in order for schools to develop as protective environments for vulnerable populations. Fergus consultants on these policy and practice changes with state departments of education (e.g., California and Texas) and U.S. Department of Justice on disproportionality. Additionally, his publications include basic research on educational outcomes of populations in vulnerable conditions, and data workbooks focused on monitoring policy and practice changes.

Dr. Joseph Folger

Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Adult & Organizational Development

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Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Higher Education

Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab is Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University, and Founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, the nation’s only action research laboratory seeking ways to make college more affordable. She is best known for her innovative research on food and housing insecurity in higher education, having led the three largest national studies on the subject, and for her work on making public higher education free. She is the recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Award and the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award, and in 2016 POLITICO magazine named her one of the top 50 people shaping American politics. Her latest book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream (University of Chicago, 2016), is an Amazon best-seller and a 2018 winner of the Grawemeyer Award, and has been featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls her “a defender of impoverished students and a scholar of their struggles,” she is ranked 7th in the nation among education scholars according to Education Week, and in April 2018 the Carnegie Corporation awarded her the Carnegie Fellowship.

Dr. Goldrick-Rab’s personal website includes a calendar of her upcoming speaking engagements and links to her recent media appearances. Learn more about Goldrick-Rab's Grawemeyer Award and her donation of the $100,000 prize to help college students struggling with food and housing insecurity.

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Affiliations include:
•    Scholars Strategy Network, Harvard University
•    Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison
•    Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education
•    Consortium for Chicago School Research

Steven Jay Gross

Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

School Leadership

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Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

School Leadership

John Hall is an Assistant Professor of Policy, Organizational, and Leadership Studies in the College of Education at Temple University.  Dr. Hall studies the relationships among school systems, school leaders, and the broader social, cultural, and political environment. His current studies focus on three areas: leadership pipeline development in district central offices and charter management organizations; the germination and evolution of district–university–community partnerships; and the integration of design-based school improvement into leadership preparation and development.
 
Before coming to Temple, Dr. Hall coordinated the doctoral program in Leadership for Educational Equity at UC Berkeley. Prior to that, he led the Oakland Unified School District’s academic redesign team, providing support and guidance to the district’s leadership, framing policy conversations, and serving as a "boundary spanner" between research and practice. Before that, he helped launch a charter school network in the Bay Area and founded a support organization for charter leaders across the region. Dr. Hall has been a teacher and an administrator in district schools, charter schools, independent schools, and international schools. He is a founding member of American Education Reaches Out, an international consortium that develops standards and supports standard-based instruction in schools around the world. Dr. Hall began his career as a research scientist, managing neuroscience laboratories at the University of Washington and at UC San Francisco.
 
Dr. Jennifer Johnson

Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Higher Education

Jennifer Johnson has been an active scholar-practitioner in the fields of college access and student retention. A former Philadelphia middle school teacher with a background in science and mathematics, she spent several years working as a counselor and advisor for college access and success programs. Broadly defined, her research areas include pre-college access programs, historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and high-achieving students of color. This scholarship, both qualitative and quantitative in nature, examines intersections of race, class, and gender with a focus on how institutional contexts shape college access, experiences, and outcomes among Black students. In 2014, Dr. Johnson launched a large-scale qualitative research project focusing on the college choice motivations, collegiate experiences, and outcomes of HBCU alumni. 

Will J. Jordan, Ph.D.

Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Urban Education

My recent scholarship has focused on conducting empirical research to enhance program and policy development for improving the conditions of education in urban schools. In recent years, I have engaged in a variety of research projects on issues such as high school and postsecondary collaborations, the connection between school leadership content knowledge in mathematics and instructional quality, and interventions to improve failing comprehensive high schools. My primary interests and expertise fall in the areas of sociology of education, urban education, high school reform, resiliency among adolescents of color, and at-risk students.

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

Peshe Kuriloff is a professor of practice in Educational Leadership with a focus on teaching and learning in urban school settings. Along with her colleague in Urban Education, Will Jordan, she recently completed a two-year study, funded by the William Penn Foundation, which investigated the relationship between how teachers are prepared and their performance in Philadelphia classrooms. The study led to further work on how best to equip new teachers for success in city schools, how to help them grow professionally as they gain experience and how to encourage them to commit to teaching as a long-term career choice. She teaches instructional leadership to prospective school leaders and how to coach and mentor to teacher leaders and helps guide student teachers.. She identifies as a strong advocate for classroom teachers and seeks to encourage teacher voices in discussions about educational policy and practice.

Janice Laurence, Ph.D.

Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Adult & Organizational Development

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Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

Higher Education

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