Shelley B. Wepner

Shelley B. Wepner, Ed.D.

Dean and Professor, School of Education

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About Me

Shelley B. Wepner is Dean and Professor of Education in the School of Education. She was a K-12 teacher and administrator for nine years in three school districts in New Jersey before becoming a faculty member and administrator in higher education. She was a faculty member and administrator at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, and Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. Shelley has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy education and technology in education and has served as a supervisor of student teachers. She served as editor of The Reading Instruction Journal of the New Jersey Reading Association, column editor for The Reading Teacher of the International Reading Association, and chairperson of the Technology and Teacher Education Committee of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.


She has published over 150 articles, books, book chapters, instructional materials, and award-winning software packages. Her current research focuses on leadership attributes and skills in K-12 and higher education. Her most recent co-authored publication describes 25 years of research on the education deanship. She co-authored Entrepreneurial Leadership: Strategies for Creating and Sustaining Partnerships for K-12 schools (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020) and coedited Challenges Facing Suburban Schools: Promising Responses to Changing Student Populations (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). She coauthored with School of Education colleagues Literacy Leadership in Changing Schools: Ten Keys for Successful Professional Development (Teachers College Press, 2016) and Changing Suburbs, Changing Students: Helping School Leaders Face the Challenges (Corwin, 2012), focused on the School of Education's signature community outreach program, the Changing Suburbs Institute®.


She is coeditor of the 6th edition of The Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs (Teachers College Press, 2021), as well as all prior editions. Shelley and her dean colleagues were awarded the Jerome L. Neuner Award for Excellence in Professional-Scholarly Publication from the American Association of University Administrators for their publication of “Education Deans’ Beliefs about Essential Ways of Thinking, Being, and Acting: A National Survey.” She and her dean colleague completed national studies related to longevity in the academic deanship and the chief academic officer position. In May 2019, Shelley received the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education 2019 Educator of the Year Award.


Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania