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James Joseph Shields, American Educational administrator, educator, author.


Shields, James Joseph was born on February 11, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of James Joseph and Lena Josephine (Dyer) S. (deceased).


Bachelor of Science in Political Science, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, 1956. Master of Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, 1959. Doctor of Education, Columbia University, New York City, 1963.


Assistant to director, international studies, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, 1961;field researcher, Teachers for East Africa Program, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City and Kampala, Uganda, 1961-1962;assistant professor of history and philosophy of education, State University of New York, New Paltz, 1962-1964;assistant professor comparative and international education, CUNY, 1964-1969;associate professor, CUNY, New York City, 1969-1975;professor, CUNY, New York City, 1975-1998;head, School Administration Program, CUNY, New York City, 1983-1985;chair department social and psychological foundations, CUNY, New York City, 1988-1990;professor emeritus, CUNY, New York City, 1998;director, Japan Initiative, New York City, 1986-1998;special projects director Center for Education Outreach and Innovation, Teachers College Columbia University, New York City, since 1998;professor emeritus, CUNY, New York City, 1998. Consultant Institute for Ednl. Development, New York City, 1968-1971, Equitable Life Insurance Company.

New York City, 1981, New York City Board Education District 4, 1996-1997, Time Magazine, 1998, Institute International Education, 1998-1999. Visiting research professor Tokyo Metropolitan U., 1986-1985. Visiting professor Teachers College, Columbia University, 1965-1967, 93-95, 98, Yale University, 1997.

Member evaluation board National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education, Washington, 1970-1975. Associate Columbia University, University Seminar on Modern Japan, New York City, since 1987, chair, 1990-1991.



Member task force reconstructed educational system Public Education Association, New York City, 1977—1978, member task force teacher selection, 1981. Member New York Urban Coalition, 1982—1984. Member lifelong learning advisory committee Teachers College, Columbia University, since 2005.

Member culture quest advisory board City College of New York, 2005—2008. Member alumni council Teachers College, Columbia University, 1993—1998, 1999—2006. Fellow: Comparative and International Education Society (Northeast region conference coordinator 1984, board directors 1992-1995).

Member: Society Educational Reconstruction (executive committee since 1973), Carnegie Council Ethics and International Affairs (trustee 1998—2003, vice-chairman 2001-2003), American Educational Studies Association (executive council 1970-1975, president 1973-1974, founder), Riverside Park Fund, Beaux Arts Alliance, Parrish Art Museum, New York Athletic Club (New York City).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: collecting Long Island painters (1850-1950), travel, gardening.


James Joseph .

Lena Josephine (Dyer) S. (deceased).