University at Buffalo

Stephen L. Jacobson

Stephen L. Jacobson

UB Distinguished Professor

Professor 10 Months

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY


Specialty/Research Focus

Access and Equity; Administration/Management; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Diversity; Equity and Poverty; Educator Preparation; International Education; Global Issues; Race, Inequality, and Education; Educational Policy; Leadership; Standards; Leadership Training; Organizational Change; School and District Reform; School Finance

Contact Information
486 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-1101
eoakiml@buffalo.edu


Education and Training:
  • MS, SUNY at New Paltz
  • MA, CUNY - Brooklyn College
  • BA, CUNY - Brooklyn College
  • PhD, Cornell University
Awards and Honors:
  • Visiting Scholar (Spring 2015); Visiting Scholar engaged in research during spring 2015; College of Education, University of Otago, NEW ZEALAND; 2015-06-02;
  • Member of the Advisory Committee for the MEd/PhD Educational Leadership Programmes; University of Technology, JAMAICA;
  • Member of the International Advisory Group for the None in Three Research Centre; University of Huddersfield, ENGLAND;
  • Fellow of The Fund for the Advancement of Humanities and Social Sciences in Israel; Provided a grant to deliver invited lectures at Ben Gurion and Open Universities, ISRAEL; The Fund for the Advancement of Humanities and Social Sciences in Israel;
  • Member of the New York State team for the ESSA Leadership Learning Community (ELLC).; Co-sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Urban League, the Council of Great City Schools, and the Wallace Foundation.;
  • Fulbright Fellowship Award to Albania; Fulbright Fellowship Award to Albania Spring 2019; The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board;
Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Garza, E., Drysdale, L., Gurr, D., Jacobson, S. & Merchant, B. (2014). Leadership for school success: Lessons from effective principals. International Journal of Educational Management, 28(7): 798-811.
  • Jacobson, S., McCarthy, M. & Pounder, D. (2015). What makes a leadership preparation program exemplary? Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 10(1): 63-76.
Book Chapter:
  • Jacobson, S. (2017). Improvisation and Leadership: Lessons about direction and influence from Sonny Rollins. In Educational Leadership and Music: Lessons for Tomorrow's School Leaders. (pp. 127-135). T. Watson, J. Brooks & F. Beachum (Eds.) Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Jacobson, S. (2015). Practicing successful and effective school leadership: North American perspectives. In Successful school leadership: International perspectives. P. Pashiardis & O. Johansson (Eds.) London: Bloomsbury Publications.
  • Minor-Ragan, Y. & Jacobson, S. (2014). In her own words: Turning around an under-performing school. In Leading schools successfully: Stories from the field. (pp. 9-18). C. Day & D. Gurr (Eds.) London: Routledge.
Other:
  • GUEST EDITOR OF A SPECIAL ISSUE - Jacobson, S., McCarthy, M. & Pounder, D. (2015). Exemplary leadership preparation. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 10(1).
Presentations:
Conferences:
  • Jacobson, S. (2017, November). Improvisation and Leadership: Lessons about direction and influence from Sonny Rollins. Paper presented at the University Council of Educational Administration annual conference. Denver, CO.;
  • Waight, N., Jacobson, S. & Chisolm, L. (2018, April) The Role of School Leaders in Developing an Intentional and Innovative STEM Curriculum: A Case Study in a High-needs Secondary School in Belize. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. New York, NY.;
  • Notman, R. & Jacobson, S. (2016, November). Leadership Practices in Early Childhood Education: Three case studies from New Zealand. Paper presented at the University Council of Educational Administration annual conference. Detroit, MI. Jacobson, S., Waight, N. & Chisolm, L. (2016, November). Leadership for Social Justice through access to secondary education: A case study from Belize. Paper presented at the University Council of Educational Administration annual conference. Detroit, MI. Jacobson, S., Waight, N. & Chisolm, L. (2016, October). Leadership for Social Justice and STEM: A case study from Belize. Consortium for the Study of Leadership and Ethics in Education (CSLEE) Values and Leadership Conference, London Ontario, Canada.;
  • Jacobson, S. et al. (2015, November). Publish and “live’’: Taking the fear out of publishing. AERA Divisions A & L Graduate Student Breakfast. Invited session at the University Council of Educational Administration annual conference. San Diego, CA.;
  • Jacobson, S. et al. (2015, November). Publish and “live’’: Taking the fear out of publishing. AERA Divisions A & L Graduate Student Breakfast. Invited session at the University Council of Educational Administration annual conference. San Diego, CA.;
  • Jacobson, S. et al. (2015, November). Successful practices and enduring beliefs of leaders in high-need schools: Evidence from international studies. Symposium of the International School Leadership Development Network presented at the University Council of Educational Administration annual conference. San Diego, CA.;
  • Heystek, J., Jacobson, S. & Pashiardis, P. (2014, September). Leadership development to improve education results: Is it really working? Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, Porto, Portugal.;
  • Jacobson, S. & Schoenfeld, R. (2014, June). Leadership practices for sustained improvement in two high-need schools: Understanding the importance of positional longevity and trust. Paper presented at the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management Conference. Fredericton New Brunswick, Canada.;
Invited Lectures:
  • ‘Managing the school organization.’ University of Cape Coast, GHANA, 2018.;
  • ‘Principals and school effectiveness: Current status, challenges, and future directions.’ Ben Gurion University, ISRAEL, 2018.;
  • ‘School leadership for academic, organizational and community sustainability’ The Open University, ISRAEL, 2018.;
  • ‘School Leadership for Academic, Organizational and Community Sustainability: Evidence from research.’ (INTER)National Conference on Educational Leadership & Management, Kingston, JAMAICA, 2017. ‘School Leadership and Student Learning.’ Addis Ababa University, College of Education, ETHIOPIA, 2016.;
  • ‘School Leadership and Student Learning.’ Addis Ababa University, College of Education, ETHIOPIA, 2016.;
  • Jacobson, S. (2016, March). What successful principals do: Improving high needs schools in the USA and abroad. Invited presentation at the 9th Annual Educational Administration Conference, University of Alabama, Tuskaloosa Alabama.;
  • ‘Preparing School Leaders in the United States’ NZEALS Otago, NEW ZEALAND, 2015.;
  • ‘School Leadership for Social Justice in Belize, Central America’ University of Otago College of Education, NEW ZEALAND 2015.;
  • ‘Successful Leadership in High Needs Schools’ Abbey College, Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND, 2015.;
Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • LPS Journal editor
    08/28/2017-05/11/2018
  • Book series lead editor
    08/28/2017-05/11/2018
  • Journal Editor - Leadership and Policy in Schools
    07/01/2016-05/18/2017
  • Book Series Lead Editor - Research in Education: Implications for Policy and Practice (Springer), 2012-present
    09/03/2012-06/03/2015
  • Lead Editor, Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2000 - present
    01/10/2000-06/03/2015
Professional Service:
  • University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Associate Director for International Initiatives, 2013-present
    07/01/2017-06/29/2018
  • External tenure and promotion cases both national and international
    07/01/2017-05/11/2018
  • External reviewer for University of South Florida, department of educational leadership
    03/31/2016-05/01/2016
  • UCEA associate director for international initiatives
    06/01/2015-05/31/2016
  • Numerous promotion and tenure reviews for other US and international universities
    06/01/2015-05/31/2016
  • External Evaluator for the Israeli Council on Higher Education (CHE)
    02/28/2014-06/03/2015
  • University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Associate Director for International Initiatives, 2013-present
    09/02/2013-06/03/2015
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    Contact Information

    486 Baldy Hall
    North Campus
    Phone: (716) 645-1101
    eoakiml@buffalo.edu