Faculty and Staff

Samuel F Fancera

Professor • Educational Leadership and Professional Studies

Dr. Fancera joined the faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership & Professional Studies after spending 16 years in NJ public schools as a principal, supervisor, and teacher. He holds the rank of Associate Professor and serves as Director for the MEd in Educational Leadership and the School Principal Certificate programs. Dr. Fancera enjoys his role in preparing future school leaders and is proud of the work program graduates do to improve school and student level outcomes. Dr. Fancera also teaches research design and methods courses in the Doctor of Education in Leadership program, and he works with doctoral candidates to develop, design, and conduct their dissertation research. He invites you to connect with him on X/Twitter: @SamFancera

Professional Interests

Dr. Fancera's scholarship is focused on school leadership in general. More specific lines of inquiry include the principal's role in professional development & learning, positive psychology in schools, the utility of state-level data sets for school leaders, and leadership preparation.


EdD Educational Theory, Policy, & Administration, Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ

MEd Educational Theory, Policy, & Administration, Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ

MS Exercise & Sport Sciences, University of Arizona Tucson, AZ

BA Biology, Kean College Union, NJ


School leadership; principals; K-12 schools

Licenses and Certifications

Certificate of Eligibility 06/30/2010
School Administrator CE, NJDoE State

Standard Certificate 07/31/2010
Principal, NJDoE State

Standard Certificate 05/31/2005
Supervisor, NJDoE State

Standard Certificate 06/30/2003
Teacher of Physical Science, NJDoE State

Standard Certificate 06/30/2002
Teacher of Biological Science, NJDoE State

Representative Publications

Leadership for staff hope: Can it offer similar outcomes as student hope?; , ; 2023

Twitter for Professional Development and Learning in High-Needs Schools: Considerations for School Leaders; Digital Learning in High-Needs Schools: A Critical Approach to Technology Access and Equity in PreK-12; Routledge; 2023

The role of context on leadership transition: Building to district-level leadership; , Journal of Organizational & Educational Leadership; 2022

Preparation, expectations, and external school contexts: Navigating the COVID-19 school closures; , Journal of Organizational & Educational Leadership; 2021

A scale to measure school leaders’ use of Twitter for professional development and learning; , NASSP Bulletin; Volume 105, 2021

Representative Presentations

Enhancing student engagement through teacher cultural competence
NERA 2023 Conference Northeastern Educational Research Association
Trumbull, CT 2023

Exploring principal experience and school demographics to explain Twitter for Professional Development Scale scores
NERA 2023 Conference Northeastern Educational Research Association
Trumbull, CT 2023

Professional learning via Twitter in global citizenship education: Considerations for school leaders
Leadership for Professional Learning Hybrid Symposium International Professional Development Association
Dublin, 2022

School leaders’ use of Twitter for professional learning
Leadership for Professional Learning Symposium International Professional Development Association
, 2021

A measure of school leaders’ use of Twitter for professional development
International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership 2020 Virtual Conference
, 2020

Awards and Honors

Nominated for Excellence in Educational Leadership Award
University Council for Educational Administration

Reward School, Indiana Avenue School #18, Woodbridge Township School District, Woodbridge, New Jersey
New Jersey Department of Education

Dissertation Proposal Award
Delta Xi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, Rutgers University


PDiE Author Interview
A short interview with a number of authors, whose articles have recently been published in PDiE and the focus of these conversations is leadership within technology enhanced professional learning spaces.

Fellowships, Grants and Research

Applying self-determination theory to elucidate the online professional learning landscape for teachers in the post-pandemic era

Fostering pathways for STEM teachers and leaders

The professional development and learning landscape for urban and rural teachers and administrators: Factors to consider for the post pandemic era

Notable Courses Taught

Fall 2023
EDLP 6110 Problems in Practice: Legal & School Centered Issues
EDLP 6131 Internship in Educational Leadership Part A
LEAD 7320 Research Design & Methods II
LEAD 7901 Leader Learner Community
LEAD 8600 Dissertation: Scholarship in Practice

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