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Summer Principals Academy NYC
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Jacqueline Stefkovich

Jacqueline A. Stefkovich is Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Education Policy Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, where she previously worked as Head of the Department of Education Policy Studies and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Research, and Faculty Development. She has taught courses related to personnel, teachers and the law, ethical decision making, and law and ethics. Before coming to Penn State, Dr. Stefkovich was a professor at Temple University where she taught law and education, qualitative research, and research design. She holds a doctoral degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a certificate in school psychology from Temple University, and a master’s degree in counseling from The University of Connecticut. Dr. Stefkovich began her career as a teacher and public school guidance counselor and has nine years of state department-level experience. She has consulted for three federally-funded regional educational laboratories and one national science laboratory. She is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. Dr. Stefkovich is active in, and frequently presents papers at, conferences of national and international professional associations. She has over 75 publications. Her primary research interests focus on students' rights and school official’s responsibilities under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and ethical issues related to school leadership. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals as well as in law reviews and has authored/co-authored five books. Her most recent research focuses on comparative international law on school discipline complemented by field research in Sydney, Australia and Colombia, South America.