George Theoharis

George Theoharis
Phone: 315.443.9080
Address: 161 Huntington Hall
Academic Program Area Focus: Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Inclusive Special Education

George Theoharis, Ph.D., is a Professor of Educational Leadership and Inclusive Elementary/Early Childhood Education in the Teaching and Leadership Department at Syracuse University.

He has extensive experience as a principal and teacher. He previously served as Department Chair, Associate Dean for Urban Education Partnerships, and as the Director of Field Relations.

He coordinates the Inclusive Early Childhood and Special Education undergraduate program, the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership focused on Leading Equitable Schools and the Education Studies minor. He co-runs the Baldanza Fellows program and various other engagement with schools across Central New York.


  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research & Scholarship

Research Focus:

Equity, social justice, diversity, inclusion, urban education, and school reform.

His research focuses on issues of equity, justice, diversity, inclusion, leadership, and school reform.  Dr. Theoharis' work bridges the worlds of K-12 schools and higher education.


  • Best Book for Educators by the American Consortium for Equity in Education (ACE-ED), 2023 for Five Practice for Equity- Focused Leadership.
  • Syracuse University - Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Award, 2018
  • Syracuse City School District (SCSD)— Outstanding service to the students of SCSD, 2014
  • American Educational Research Association- Division A, Emerging Scholar Award, 2009
  • Emerald Literati Network – Outstanding Paper from the Journal of Educational Administration, Award for Excellence, 2007
  • American Educational Research Association- Division A – Best Doctoral Dissertation, 2005

Courses Taught

Dr. Theoharis teaches classes in educational leadership and elementary/early childhood teacher education.  He regularly teaches:

  • EED 336- Elementary Social Studies Methods and Curriculum
  • EDA 752- Leadership for Organizational Development
  • EDA 762 - Leadership for Inclusive Schooling
  • EDA 772- Building Leadership
  • EDA 890 - Seminar if Educational Leadership
  • EDU 204 - Principles of Learning in Inclusive Classrooms
  • EDU 700- Equity and Inequality in Schools
  • EDA /SPE 700- Equity, Inclusion and Excellence
  • EED 446- Student Teaching Seminar