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Washington State University
College of Education

Gail Furman


Gail Furman

Emeritus Faculty
Educational Leadership

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching/professional interests

Professor Gail Furman was interim academic unit director for the WSU Spokane campus, overseeing education programs in the departments of Teaching and Learning, and Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology. She taught Values and Ethics in Educational Leadership, Leadership Development seminar, Community and Communications, Qualitative Research Methods, and Doctoral Dissertation Preparation. Before that, she also taught Special Education for K-12.

Research interests

Leadership and organizations, school as community, moral leadership and ethics. Professor Furman’s current projects include a co-edited book (with Fenwick English) on Scientific Research in Educational Leadership: Problems, Paradoxes, and Possibilities.

Recent accomplishments

  • Book: English, F., & Furman, G. (Eds.) (2007).  Research and educational leadership:  Navigating the new National Research Council guidelines.  Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Chapter:
    Furman, G. C. (2006).  “Scientific” research and moral leadership in schools.  In D. E. Mitchell (Ed.), New Foundations for Knowledge in Educational Administration, Policy, and Politics:  Science and Sensationalism (pp. 129-154). Mahwah, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Keynote Panel:
    Furman, G. C. (2006, October).  The moral agency of the educational leader.  Invited panel presenter for the Annual Ethics Conference of the Willower Center for the Study of Leadership and Ethics, Victoria, B.C.

Educational background

  • Ph.D. Educational Administration, Washington State University, 1989
  • M.S. Special Education, Radford University, 1981
  • B.A. Biology, George Mason University, 1970