Become a Leader: Educational Leadership at GSE

The Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy Division Welcomes Phillip A. Smith, Ph.D.

Phillip A. Smith, Ph.D., becomes an assistant professor in the division of Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy at the Fordham Graduate School of Education beginning with the 2022 Fall term. A seasoned educational leader and professor, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, he served as a contributory member of instructional teams on doctoral-level courses.

Smith’s research includes examining how the racial identities and lived experiences of Black male K-12 public and independent school leaders informed their professional lives and leadership. The research builds theory and formulates a new and comprehensive definition and typology of Black male school leadership; he will now aim to develop a conceptual framework and model for mentoring grounded in a Black leadership epistemology. Smith’s other research interests include exploring the intersection of race and gender in education leadership, towards improving diversity and representation across the leadership workforce.

He received his Ph.D. in Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University; M.A., Policy Studies in Education (with distinction) University College London, Institute of Education; M.Phil., Educational Leadership, Columbia University; M.B.A., Public Services (with distinction), Warwick Business School, University of Warwick.

Regarding his journey to Fordham, Smith said, “I wanted to land at an institution that is engaged with and supporting its community, and Fordham Graduate School of Education is absolutely doing that. Fordham’s faith-based mission and emphasis on social justice is also very appealing as a lens to focus on increasing the number of Black men in educational leadership. For me, educational leadership is like a ministry; it’s a calling, not just a vocation, and I look forward to helping the GSE’s educational leadership programs continue to grow in service to our community.”

Division Chair Margaret Orr, Ph.D. expressed, “We are very excited to have Dr. Smith join our Division of Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy. His many experiences in school improvement and equity- focused leadership development will be a strong asset for our program and students’ doctoral work.”

Smith will be teaching ASGE 6720, Research for Educational Change and ASGE 6150, Partnering with Families and Communities.

Read more about our programs below.

Programs within the Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy Division prepare future administrators, principals, superintendents, supervisors, and other leaders in public, non-public, and faith-based school and district settings, plus in governmental and non-profit organizations. Application deadlines vary. Please check the program of interest for dates.

Master’s Programs

These programs prepare students for leadership responsibilities and positions such as assistant principal, department chair, principal, school building leader, supervisor, etc.

School Building Leader, Accelerated Master's (Accelerated M.S.E.)

Graduates are prepared for positions as school building leaders, such as principal, supervisor, department chair, assistant principal, etc.

Administration and Supervision (M.S.E.) (in-person or online)

Church and Non-Public Educational Leadership: This program is for students looking to develop their knowledge and skills for a leadership role in education on many levels.


Doctoral Degrees

The Fordham Graduate School of Education (GSE) offers two doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership: the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy, best suited for leaders in public school settings, and the Ph.D. in Administration and Supervision, which is best suited for leaders in church and non-public schools.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

The Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy is designed for teachers and administrators who are looking to become leaders in urban and suburban K-12 education settings. It is designed to prepare school leaders who can effectively address the challenges of school administration and meet the needs of students in an ever-changing world.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. program in Administration and Supervision builds skills for Catholic education leadership: spirituality; high creativity and imagination; and exceptionally global thought and action.


Advanced Certificate Program

School District Leadership

Enables students to work in leadership positions in New York at the school district level.

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