Stephen L. Jacobson

UB Distinguished Professor

Educational Leadership and Policy

 486 Baldy Hall
 (716) 645-1101
  (716) 645-2481
 eoakiml@buffalo.edu


Effective principal leadership in challenging, high needs schools, the reform of school leadership preparation and practice, and teacher compensation and labor market behavior
Educational leadership, administration and management, and school business and human resource administration in education

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Educational Background
Ph.D., Cornell University - Educational Administration
M.S., SUNY at New Paltz - Special Education
M.A., CUNY - Brooklyn College - Psychology
B.A., CUNY - Brooklyn College - Psychology

Professional interests
Professor Jacobson’s professional interests include teacher compensation, the reform of school leadership preparation and practice, and effective principal leadership in challenging schools. His published works include 6 books, 29 book chapters and over 40 articles in such leading peer-refereed journals as Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of Educational Administration, Journal of Human Resources, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and Urban Education. In addition, he has given invited presentations throughout the U.S., as well as in Australia, Austria, Barbados, Canada, China, Cyprus, England, Germany, Israel, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, South Africa and Sweden. He is a past President of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and of the American Education Finance Association (AEFA). He was the founding co-director (with Kenneth Leithwood) of the UCEA Center for the Study of School-Site Leadership, and co-editor (with Leithwood) of the journal, Leadership and Policy in Schools. In 1994, Jacobson received the Jack Culbertson Award from the UCEA for outstanding contributions to the field of educational administration by a junior professor.

His most recent book is: Ylimaki, R., & S. Jacobson. Editors (2011). U.S. and cross-national policies practices and preparation: Implications for successful instructional leadership, organizational learning, and culturally responsive practices. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer-Kluwer.

University at Buffalo Positions Held:
Associate Dean, Graduate School of Education (2002 - 2004) & (2006 - 2010)
Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy (2001 - 2002)
Director, Center for Continuing Professional Education (1997 - 2000)
Coordinator, Educational Administration Program (1993 - 1997), (2004 - 2006) & (2009 - present)

Professional Associations and Offices Held
University Council for Educational Administration President 2007-08
American Education Finance Association President 1999-00
UCEA Center for the Study of School-site Leadership Co-Director 1999-2010

Editorial work
Lead Journal Editor Leadership and Policy in Schools 2000-present
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Book Series Lead Editor
Research in Education: Implications for Policy and Practice (Springer) 2012-present

Awards and Honors:
New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society (NZEALS)
- Invited Visiting Scholar/Lecturer (May/June 2011)
University of Oslo, Norway - Visiting Scholar (Spring 2008)
Business First - Pathfinders Award (2007)
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Divisions A & L and UCEA –
David Clark Graduate Student Seminar - Featured Scholar Address (2006)
Western New York Women in Administration - Outstanding Mentor Award (2002-2003)
University of Cyprus, Cyprus - Visiting Professor (Spring 2001)
American Education Finance Association (AEFA) - President (1999-2000)
MCB University Press Literati Club 'Highly Commended' Award (1998) for, "The inclusive school: Integrating diversity and solidarity through community-based management." Journal of Educational Administration 35(5), 1997
University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) - Jack A. Culbertson Award (1994)
- Outstanding Contributions by a Junior Professor in Educational Administration
Phi Delta Kappa, University at Buffalo Chapter - President's Award for Research (1992)
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto - Visiting Scholar (Fall 1992)
American Education Finance Association, American Association of School Administrators and National Education Association - Jean Flanigan Dissertation Award (1987) Outstanding Research in the Field of Educational Finance
Cornell University- Julian E. Butterworth Doctoral Research Award (1986) - Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Education
National Institute of Education and AERA - National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration (1985)

Doctoral Advisement since 1986:
Committee chair - 39 (12 Ph.D. & 27 Ed.D.)
Committee member - 37 (27 Ph.D. & 10 Ed.D.)



Publications since 2010

Books:
Ylimaki, R., & S. Jacobson. Editors (2011). U.S. and cross-national policies practices and preparation: Implications for successful instructional leadership, organizational learning, and culturally responsive practices. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer-Kluwer.

Book Chapters:
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.

Jacobson, S., Johnson, L. & Ylimaki, R. (2011). Sustaining school success: A case for governance change. In How school principals sustain success over time: International perspectives (pp. 109-125). L. Moos, O. Johansson, & C. Day (Eds.) Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer-Kluwer.

Gurr, D., Drysdale, L., Ylimaki, R. & Jacobson, S. (2011). Preparation for sustainable leadership. In How school principals sustain success over time: International perspectives (pp. 183-197). L. Moos, O. Johansson, & C. Day (Eds.) Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer-Kluwer.

Jacobson, S. & Ylimaki, R. (2011). Comparative perspectives: An overview of seven educational contexts. In U.S. and cross-national policies practices and preparation: Implications for successful instructional leadership, organizational learning, and culturally responsive practices (pp. 1-16). R. Ylimaki & S. Jacobson (Eds.) Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer-Kluwer.

Leithwood, K., Jacobson, S. & Ylimaki, R. (2011). Converging policy trends. In U.S. and cross-national policies practices and preparation: Implications for successful instructional leadership, organizational learning, and culturally responsive practices (pp. 17-28). R. Ylimaki & S. Jacobson (Eds.) Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer-Kluwer.

Day, C., Jacobson, S., & Johansson, O. (2011). Leading organisational learning and capacity building. In U.S. and cross-national policies practices and preparation: Implications for successful instructional leadership, organizational learning, and culturally responsive practices (pp. 29-49). R. Ylimaki & S. Jacobson (Eds.) Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer-Kluwer.

Jacobson, S., Johansson, O., & Day, C. (2011). Preparing school leaders to lead organizational learning and capacity building. In U.S. and cross-national policies practices and preparation: Implications for successful instructional leadership, organizational learning, and culturally responsive practices (pp. 103-123). R. Ylimaki & S. Jacobson (Eds.) Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer-Kluwer.

Ylimaki, R. & Jacobson, S. (2011). Comparative perspectives on organizational learning, instructional leadership, and culturally responsive practices: Conclusions and future directions. In U.S. and cross-national policies practices and preparation: Implications for successful instructional leadership, organizational learning, and culturally responsive practices (pp. 179-189). R. Ylimaki & S. Jacobson (Eds.) Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer-Kluwer.

Jacobson, S. & Johnson, L. (2010). U.S. perspectives on successful leadership in high needs schools: Findings from the International Successful School Principalship Project (ISSPP). In The international Handbook on Leadership and Learning (pp. 553-569). J. MacBeath & T. Townsend (Eds.). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer Publishers.

Jacobson, S. (2010). You're sure you really want to do this? In The dissertation advisor & mentor: Sage advice for doctoral students (pp. 47-49). R. Calabrese & P. Smith (Eds.), Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Barnett, B. & Jacobson, S. (2010). Global Higher Education partnerships in school leadership preparation and practice. In Globalisation and internationalisation in Higher Education: Theoretical, strategic and management perspectives (pp. 256-276). F. Maringe & N. Foskett (Eds.). London: Continuum International Publishing Group.

Articles in Peer Refereed Journals:
Garza, E., Drysdale, L., Gurr, D., Jacobson, S. & Merchant, B. (accepted 2014). Leadership for school success: Lessons from effective principals. International Journal of Educational Management, 28(x): xx-xx.

Jacobson, S. & Szczesek, J. (2013). School improvement and urban renewal: The impact of a turn-around school’s performance on real property values in its surrounding community. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 12(1): 1-11.

Ylimaki, R. & Jacobson, S. (2013). School leadership practice and preparation: Comparative perspectives on organizational learning (OL), instructional leadership (IL) and culturally responsive practices (CRP). Journal of Educational Administration, 51(1): 6-23.

Jacobson, S. & Cypres, A. (2012). Important shifts in curriculum of educational leadership preparation. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 7(2): 217-236.

Jacobson, S. (2012). Principal leadership: Sustaining and deepening school improvement in low-income communities in North America. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 15(3): 7-10.

Jacobson, S. (2011). School leadership and its effects on student achievement. International Journal of Educational Management, 25(1): 33-44.

Guest Editor - Special Issue of a Peer Refereed Journal:
Jacobson, S. & Johnson, L. (2013). Special issue: Educational Leadership Development in International Contexts. Journal of Educational Administration, 51(1).