Charol Shakeshaft

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Bullying
  • Data and statistics
  • Gender
  • Gender gap
  • Leadership
  • Principals
  • Safety and violence

Charol Shakeshaft teaches graduate courses in research design, policy research methods, and gender and race equity at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research focuses on gender and leadership, sexual abuse of students by adults employed in schools, and the effectiveness of technology for learning. Shakeshaft is the recipient of a $5.2 million grant to develop state-of-the-art principal preparation to include the first immersive, interactive and web-enabled computer simulation for school administrators. She previously completed a three-year national study of the relationships between a school-based risk prevention program and risk behaviors of sixth- to eighth- grade students. Shakeshaft was also the principal investigator on a three-year National Science Foundation project to promote interest in science careers among seventh and eighth grade girls, particularly girls of color from low-income families. Shakeshaft is the author of three books and over 200 articles and papers, many of which have received national and state awards. She was elected an AERA fellow in 2015 and received the 2015 AERA Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award.