Shannon R. Waite
Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy
Shannon R. Waite, Ed.D. joined the faculty at Fordham University as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership in the Graduate School of Education in September 2016. Her research interests include topics on diversity and culturally relevant leadership, as well as the intersections between hyper-segregation and the school-to-prison pipeline. Currently, she is a member of the NYC Men Teach Research Team, a group of five researchers working with the NYC Men Teach Program (NYCMT) whose work is designed to provide feedback and policy recommendations about the implementation of the program. In October 2018, Drs. Waite, Mentor, and Bristol published "Growing our own: Reflections on developing a pipeline for male teachers of color," in the inaugural issue of the Journal of the Center for Policy Analysis and Research (JCPAR).
Prior to coming to Fordham, Dr. Waite worked in various positions in the NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE). She started in 2003 as a NYC Teaching Fellow and became a Social Studies Teacher, Lead Dean, Teacher Recruitment Manager, and Human Resources Director. She transitioned to Fordham from the role of Director of Principal Pipeline Recruitment for the NYC Department of Education in the Office of Leadership (OOL). In her last position, she focused on increasing the visibility of the programs and leadership opportunities offered by OOL as well as increasing the quality and broadening the diversity of the applicant pool.
Dr. Waite received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy from the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University. Her dissertation topic was "Recruiting a Diverse Teaching Force in New York City Public Schools". She received her B.A. in Political Science and Master's in Public Administration from SUNY Albany. She also earned a M.S.T. from Fordham University.
In addition to her work with Fordham and the NYCMT Research Team, Dr. Waite has become an outspoken advocate for equity. In March of 2018, she was appointed by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP). In her role as a member of the PEP, Dr. Waite uses her voice to increase the levels of both transparency and accountability that students and their families deserve in the educational decision making process. Additionally, she seeks to ensure that decisions are thoughtful, equitable, and in the best interest of the 1.1 million public school children educated by the NYCDOE.