Robert Feirsen

Visiting Associate Professor, School of Education


O'Byrne Chapel, Corridor 11D

Dr. Robert Feirsen serves as Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and is the Coordinator for Graduate Programs in Educational Leadership, including SBL/SDL certification. Previously, he was assistant professor and chair of the Education Department at New York Institute of Technology. Before moving to higher education, Dr. Feirsen enjoyed a distinguished career in P-12 schools. He served as an elementary school principal, a middle school assistant principal, and a middle school principal. At the central office level, he served as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, deputy superintendent, and superintendent of schools. Dr. Feirsen taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels as a social studies and special education teacher before moving into supervisory roles. Dr. Feirsen’s research interests include addressing organizational conflict, the school principal-school counselor relationship, principal and teacher retention, the relationship between psychological ownership and professional learning, and the applications of design thinking. His research and other articles have been published in several academic journals, as well as Educational Leadership, Kappan, and Education Week. Dr. Feirsen has led workshops at such venues as ASCD, the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).). He is the co-author of From Conflict to Collaboration: A School Leader’s Guide to Unleashing Conflict’s Problem-Solving Power and How to Get the Teaching Job You Want. Dr. Feirsen is also a contributing writer to the well-regarded education blog, Edutopia.