Thomas (Tom) Joseph Shields

Program Chair, Graduate Education
Associate Professor, Education
Director, Center for Leadership in Education

Selected Publications


Shields, T., Cassada, K., & Shakeshaft, C. (2012). EduLead: Regional partnership for regional benefit. Virginia Educational Leadership, 9(1) 44-60.

Shields, T., Kidd, Q., Johnson, R., & O'Brien, S. (2006). Civic and political leadership. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 10(2), 77+.

Shields, T. (2004). The fight for political representation in a Southern suburb: The use of the Voting Rights Act and the federal court system by Black plaintiffs in Henrico County, Virginia. Politics and Policy, (32)2, 222-47.

Shields, T. (2003). The “Tip of the Iceberg” in a Southern suburban county: The fight for a Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. Journal of Black Studies, 33(4), 499-519.

Additional Publications

Siegel-Hawley, G., Koziol, B., Moeser, J., Holden, T., & Shields, T. (2017). Can we live and learn together? Confronting school and housing segregation in the Richmond region. Report of the University of Richmond Center for Leadership in Education, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education, and Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) of Virginia. Retrieved from 


B.A., University of Scranton 1990

M.A.T., Virginia Commonwealth University 1996
Secondary U.S. History and Government

Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University 2001
Urban Policy Administration

Contact Information

North Court
(804) 289-8524

Areas of Expertise

Educational leadership
School leadership