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Mary Driscoll

Faculty and Staff Profiles

Mary Erina Driscoll

Dean, School of Education
Professor of Educational Leadership, Harold Kobliner Chair in Education

North Academic Center
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Ph.D.     1989        The University of Chicago
                                 Administration, Institutional
                                 and Policy Studies
                                 Special Field: Educational

M.A.        1980        Sarah Lawrence College
                                 Child Development

B.A.        1978        Connecticut College
                                 Magna cum laude with Honors in the major
                                 Interdisciplinary major: Music, Child Development and Psychology


Selected Books

Hansen, D., Driscoll, M.E. and Arcilla, R. (Eds.) (2007). A life in classrooms: Philip W. Jackson and the practice of Education. New York: Teachers College Press.

Selected Book Chapters

Driscoll, M.E. (2009). The herring constable, the bog manager and the harbor master: The promise and peril of educational leadership and the new localism. In R. Crowson and E. Goldring (Ed.), The new localism in American education. (2009 Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, online edition.) Available at

*Driscoll, M.E. & Goldring, E.B. (2005). How can school leaders incorporate communities as contexts for student learning? In W.Firestone & C.Riehl (Eds.) A new agenda for research on educational leadership, (New York: Teachers College Press), 61-80.

*Driscoll, M. E. (2004) The sense of place and Conant's legacy: Connecting schools and their communities. In F. Hammack.(Ed.) The comprehensive high school today,( New York, Teachers College Press), 114-128.

Driscoll, M. E. (2001). The sense of place and the neighborhood school: Implications for building social capital and for community development. In R. Crowson (Ed), Community development and school reform, (New York, JAI/Elseveier), 19-42.

*Driscoll, M. E. and Kerchner, C. (1999). The implications of social capital theory for schools, communities and cities: Educational administration as if a sense of place mattered. In K. Louis and J. Murphy (Eds.) The handbook of research on educational administration (2nd edition), (San Francisco, American Educational Research Association/Jossey Bass), 385-404.

Driscoll, M. E.,. Boyd, W. and Crowson, R. (1997). Collaborative services initiatives: A report of a national survey of programs. In G. Haertel and M. Wang (Eds.), Coordination, cooperation and collaboration: What we know about school-linked services. (Philadelphia,PA: The Mid-Atlantic Regional Laboratory for Student Success at Temple University),49-88.

*Driscoll, M. E. (1996). 'We have the right to be different': Educational community through a neoinstitutional lens. In R. Crowson, H. Mawhinney and W. L. Boyd (Eds.), The politics of education and the new institutionalism: 1995 Yearbook of the Politics of Education Association (New York: Falmer Press), 55-68.

Driscoll, M. E. & Boyd, W. (1995). The politics of educational productivity revisited: New insights on the process of school change in the light of systemic reform. In . B. Levin, W. Fowler and H. Walberg (Eds.), Organizational influences on educational productivity (Greenwich, CT: JAI Press ), 215-238.

Driscoll, M. E. (1995). Thinking like a fish: The implications of community for parents and schools. In B. Schneider and P. Cookson (Eds.), Transforming schools (New York and London: Garland Publishing), 209-236.

Driscoll, M. E. (1993). Choice, achievement and community. In R. Rothstein and E. Rasell.(Eds.), School choice: Examining the evidence (Washington, D. C.: Economic Policy Institute), 147-172.

Selected Journal Articles

*Driscoll, M. E. (2000). The heartland of the ordinary: The landscape of educational administration in the 21st century. UCEA Review (Winter 2000), 3-4.

*Driscoll, M. E. (1998). Professionalism vs. community: Themes from recent school reform literature. Peabody Journal of Education 73(1), 89-127.

*Driscoll, M. E. (1996). Review of The Impact of School Choice and Community: In the Interest of Families and Schools, by Claire Smrekar. American Journal of Education 104(4), 323-327.

*Driscoll, M. E. (1996). "The name's not familiar but the face is one of my own: Looking at educational policy, past and present." Journal of Educational Finance,21,419-431.

*Driscoll, M. E. (1995). Public discourse, public schools and school choice. Educational Researcher 24(1): 35-37.

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