Shelby Cosner

Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies

Shelby Cosner is an Associate Professor of Educational Organization and Leadership in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. She conducts research into how schools build organizational capacity to improve student learning. Her research is informed by her past leadership roles as school principal and district administrator.

She is an applied qualitative researcher whose work draws heavily from the organizational sciences, sociology, social psychology, and management. Her recent work appears in such peer-reviewed journals as Educational Administration Quarterly, the Journal of School Leadership, Urban Education, Educational Management Administration & Leadership, Leadership and Policy in Schools, and Planning and Changing.

Cosner is the Academic Program Director for UICs Doctorate in Urban Educational Leadership. This program has received major national awards and recognitions for its program quality including UCEA's 2013 award as an Exemplary Leadership Preparation Program (one of two programs nationally to receive this designation) and the 2012 Urban Impact Award from the Council of Great City Schools. She teaches a variety of leadership, school organization, and qualitative research methods courses for doctoral students in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. Cosner received UIC's Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award in 2009.

Cosner is a former principal and district-level leader.  She is currently supporting the design and pilot implementation of Wisconsin's new state-wide principal evaluation system.