Sheldon Gen

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Sheldon Gen joined San Francisco State as a Lecturer in Fall 2003, and has been an Assistant Professor from Fall 2005 until the present. He is appointed to the graduate program in Public Administration, with additional teaching responsibilities in the Department of Political Science. He has been an active part of the EDD faculty since its first class of students in 2007.

In the EDD program Gen teaches the courses on Policy, Law, and Political Economy of Education (EDDL 940) and Organizational Accountability (EDDL 941). Outside of the EDD program, he also teaches courses in public policy, policy analysis, program evaluation, research methods, data analysis, and environmental policy.

In the local education arena, Gen has served as the policy advisor for the San Francisco Education Fund's Teachers Leadership Institute. In that role, he has collaborated with K–12 teachers to conduct research and make policy recommendations in the San Francisco Unified School District. He has also conducted education – focused program evaluations for several local organizations including Our Second Home, the San Francisco Zoo, SF State's Student Support Services, Girls on the Run, and others.

Sheldon Gen was honored as a Faculty Affiliate of the Public Research Institute at San Francisco State University from 2006 – 2008. He is also an alumnus of the Presidential Management Fellowship.

His research in education has focused on administrative and policy aspects of public K–12 education. Recently, this has included research on the equity of private philanthropy in public education, and teacher attrition at lower performing schools.

Select Publications, Reports, Presentations

  • Gen, S., Kooiker, M., & Issenberg, J. (under review; submitted summer 2009). Differentiating teacher attrition at lower and higher performing schools. American Education Research Association's 2010 Annual Meeting.

  • Paarlberg, L. & Gen, S. (2009). Exploring the determinants of nonprofit coproduction of public service delivery: the case of k – 12 public education. American Review of Public Administration, 39(4): 391– 408.

  • Klein, M., Kornblau, M., & Gen, S. (2008). Evaluation of 2007 Parent Workshops. Our Second Home, Daly City, CA. 47 pages.

  • Gen, S. (2007). Evaluation of the Student Support Services (SSS– TRIO) Program at San Francisco State University: First Time Freshmen in Academic Year 2005 – 2006. Public Research Institute, Daly City, CA. 13 pages.