Charol Shakeshaft, Ph.D.
Professor, Educational Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University
Charol Shakeshaft has been studying equity in schools for nearly four decades. Charol is the author of three books and over 200 refereed articles and papers. Her research focuses on three strands: the intersection of gender and race in leadership, educator sexual misconduct, and the effectiveness of technology for learning, particularly for students of color.
Dr. Shakeshaft received a $5.2 million grant to develop state of the art principal preparation to include the first immersive, interactive and web-enabled computer simulation for school administrators. She previously completed a three-year national study of the relationships between a school-based risk prevention program and risk behaviors of 6th to 8th grade students. Dr. Shakeshaft was also the principal investigator on a three-year National Science Foundation project to promote interest in science careers among seventh and eighth grade girls of color.
Dr. Shakeshaft completed a report mandated by the U.S. Senate on educator sexual misconduct that has formed the foundation for scholarship, policy, and legal remedies for prevention. Two earlier studies, also funded by the U.S. Department of Education examined responses to reports of educator sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in middle schools. She has just completed a study on the Standard of Care for the Prevention of Educator Sexual Misconduct and is currently completing a book on educator sexual misconduct.
She was elected an AERA fellow in 2015 and also received the 2015 AERA Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award. She currently teaches graduate courses in research design, policy research methods, and gender and race equity at Virginia Commonwealth University.