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Sheldon Marcus


Sheldon Marcus


Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy

113 West 60th Street
Room 1119F

Dr. Marcus is a Professor in the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education.

Before joining the Fordham faculty, Dr. Marcus served as a teacher, guidance counselor, and administrator in the New York City Public School System.


Dr. Marcus earned both his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the City College of New York. He began his doctoral studies at Duke University and completed his degree at Yeshiva University.


  • Administrative decision making
  • Critical issues in administration and supervision
  • Hot button issues in today’s schools
  • Multiculturalism and prejudice
  • The superintendency
  • The nature of leadership in urban education

Selected Publications


Two Nobodies Speak Out: Our 150 Year Journey and Perspectives on Education (Information Age Publishing, 2011), with Dr. Philip D. Vairo.

Hot Button Issues for Teachers: What Every Teacher Needs to Know (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007), with Dr. Philip D. Vairo and Dr. Max Weiner.

Hot Button Issues in Today's Schools: What Every Parent Needs to Know (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), with Dr. Philip D. Vairo.

Administrative Decision Making in Schools: A Case Study Approach to Strategic Planning (Oceana, 1986), with Dr. Thomas Mulkeen and Dr. Lawrence Finkel.

Father Coughlin: The Tumultuous Life of the Priest of the Little Flower (Little, Brown, and Co., 1973)

Urban Education: Crisis or Opportunity? (Scarecrow Press, 1972) with Dr. Philip D. Vairo.

Conflicts in Urban Education (Basic Books, 1970), with Dr. Harry N. Rivlin.


“Is Entrepreneurship the Future for Higher Education?” in The Huffington Post, December 12, 2013 (with Dr. Philip D. Vairo).

A Psychobiography of Bobby Fischer by Joseph Ponterotto, a book review in The Journal of Historical Biography, Spring 2013.

“Mentoring for Leading and Teaching,” Final Report of the Fordham University/New York City Superintendents’ Network, June 2007 (with Dr. Terry Cicchelli and Dr. Max Weiner).

Pushing the Envelope by Allan Ornstein, a book review in the Journal of Teacher Education, 57(5), November/December 2006, 512-515.

“Professional Development Perspectives for School Superintendents in New York City,” Perspectives. 4 (1), November 2005, 47-51 (with Dr. Terry Cicchelli).

“Superintendents’ Dialogue in a Professional Development Model,” Education and Urban Society. August 2002, 415-421 (with Dr. Terry Cicchelli and Dr. Max Weiner).

“Urban Education and Religious Schools: Studies in Values Diversity and Commitment,” Education and Urban Society. January 1999, 159-176 (with Dr. Bruce Cooper and Dr. Larry Weinberg).

“Relating School Policies and Staff Attitudes to the Homework Behaviors of Teachers,” Journal of Educational Administration. March 1997, 348-370 (with Dr. Richard Wiesenthal, Dr. Bruce Cooper and Dr. Ruth Greenblatt).

“Do Special Education Experiences Make a Difference In Inclusion?” Impact. 25 (2), Spring 1996, 48-53 (with Dr. Terry Cicchelli, Dr. Mary Sheehy and Dr. Sean O’Shea).

“Guest Editors’ Introduction,” Impact. 25 (2), Spring 1996, 1-3 (with Dr. Terry Cicchelli and Dr. Rita Guare).

"I Remember Harry," Peabody Journal of Education. 75, Winter 1995-96, 88-94.

“Three High School Alternative Schooling Models: A Response to At Risk Learners,” Curriculum Report. 24 (5), May 1995.

"Ethical Considerations in an Era of Financial Scarcity" Theory Into Practice. 33 (2), Spring 1994, 83-88 (with Dr. Raymond Calabrese).

"Report on a Project to Integrate Multicultural Diversity into Required Preservice Teacher Education Courses at Nine Westchester Colleges and Universities." 1, Contributor, Monograph published by the Westchester Education Coalition, 1994.