About Us

The New DEEL Mission Statement

The mission of the New DEEL is to create an action oriented partnership dedicated to inquiry into the  nature and practice of democratic ethical educational leadership through sustained processes of open dialogue, right to voice, community inclusion, and responsible participation toward the common good.  We strive to create an environment to facilitate democratic ethical decision-making in educational theory and practice which acts in the best interests of all students.


Director (steven.jay.gross@temple.edu)

Steven Jay Gross is Professor of Educational Leadership and Founding Director of the New DEEL (Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership) Community Network at Temple University’s College of Education. He also serves as a Director at the Center for the Study of Leadership and Ethics sponsored by the University Council for Educational Administration. At Temple, he has served as Interim Department Chair, Program Coordinator, and Chair of the Collegial Assembly. His research interests center on initiating and sustaining democratic ethical innova­tions in educating organizations and on Turbulence Theory. His books include Ethical Educational Leadership in Turbulent Times: (Re) Solving Moral Dilemmas (co-authored with Joan Poliner Shapiro, 2nd Edition 2013), Leadership Mentoring: Maintaining School Success in Turbulent Times (2006), Staying Centered: Curriculum Leadership in a Turbulent Era (1998) and Promises Kept: Sustaining School and District Leadership in a Turbulent Era (2004). Dr. Gross has also published numerous journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Gross is on the editorial board for the Journal of Research on Leadership Education. Dr. Gross served as Editor of ASCD’s Curriculum Handbook Series and is a Senior Fellow at the Vermont Society for the Study of Education. His previous professional experience includes serving as associate professor of education at Trinity College of Vermont, Chief of Curriculum and Instruction for the State of Vermont, Executive Director of the China Project Consortium, Curriculum and Staff Development Director for the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, and high school social studies teacher in Philadelphia. Dr. Gross earned his undergraduate degree in history at Temple University, a masters’ degree in modern Chinese history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Pennsylvania, and was a Klingenstein fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University. Gross also studied Mandarin Chinese at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Contact Steven Jay Gross at steven.jay.gross@temple.edu.

Co-Director (joan.shapiro@temple.edu)

Dr. Joan Poliner ShapiroJoan Poliner Shapiro is Professor of Educational Leadership at Temple Univer­sity’s College of Education, President of Temple University’s Faculty Senate, and Co-Director of the New DEEL (Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership) Community Network. At Temple, she previously served as an Associate Dean for Research and Development, and as the Chair of her department. She also has been the Co-Director of the Women’s Studies Program and a Super­visor of Intern Teachers at the University of Pennsylvania. She began her career teaching middle school and high school in the United States and the United Kingdom. Dr. Shapiro received her undergraduate degree from Simmons College, obtained a masters’ degree in social science and a doctorate in educational administra­tion from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a postdoctoral year carrying out research focused on program evaluation and curriculum development at the University of London’s Institute of Education. Her writings primarily have dealt with ethical, gender, multicultural and accountability issues in education. She has co-authored the books Reframing Diversity in Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), Gender in Urban Education (Heinemann, 2004), Ethical Leadership and Decision Making in Education (Routledge, 2011, 3rd ed.), and Ethical Educational Leadership in Turbulent Times (Routledge, 2013, 2nd ed.). She has written over 50 articles in refereed journals and edited books. Additionally Dr. Shapiro has received the following awards: the Outstanding Teacher’s Award from Temple’s College of Education in 2004; the Willower Award of Excellence for her co-authored book on professional ethics in 2006; the Lindback Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award in 2008; the University Council of Educational Administration’s Master Professor Award in 2009; the Author of the Month, Routledge Publishers, July, 2010; and Temple’s Great Teacher Award in 2011. Contact Joan Shapiro at joan.shapiro@temple.edu.



Assistant Director for Website Development (bdi@temple.edu)

PhotoBarbara is a member of the 2015 New DEEL Conference planning committee. A member of New DEEL since 2008, her teaching experiences include lecturer in voice at the collegiate level, third grade teacher, and classroom music teacher at the elementary and pre-school levels. Following a degree in elementary education from Holy Family University she earned both a bachelor and master of music degrees at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance and more recently completed a doctorate in Higher Education Administration at Temple. Since 1996, Barbara has been the Associate Director of Temple Music Prep, the continuing education division of the Boyer College. In addition to working at Temple, she is a member of the voice faculty at Arcadia University and also maintains a private voice studio, is a church soloist, and serves on the boards of Temple University Alumni Association (treasurer), Boyer College Alumni Association (past president), and Children’s Opera Box (secretary). Contact Barbara Di Toro at bdi@temple.edu.


Laurinda_harmanLaurinda B. Harman, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA, Associate Professor Emeritus, College of Public Health, has been a health informatics (HI) professional and educator for 45 years. She has directed HI baccalaureate programs at Temple University, George Washington University and The Ohio State University and was a faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College. She is the editor of two editions of Ethical Challenges in the Management of Health Information and the 3rd edition is in progress. She contributed chapters to several HI textbooks, is on the editorial board of Perspectives in Health Information Management, has contributed articles to professional journals and has delivered presentations at national, state and local association meetings on topics related to HI and ethics. She received a BS from Daemen College in New York, a MS degree in education at Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, and a PhD in human and organizational systems at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Harman received the 2001 AHIMA Triumph Legacy Award for her textbook, the 2011 AHIMA Triumph Legacy Educator Award and the 2011 Dorland Peoples Ethicist Award for her textbook, for helping healthcare professionals deal with ever-increasing ethical HI issues.