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Sheryl Cowart Moss

Clinical Assistant Professor    Ed.S. Program Coordinator    

B.A., Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Clemson University, 1979
M.A., Special Education/Learning Disabilities, Furman University, 1989
M.A., Administration and Supervision, Furman University, 1997
Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Development, The University of South Carolina, 2011


Aesthetics in teaching and leadership, arts-based leadership, tensions in policy initiatives and interpersonal dynamics


Sheryl Cowart Moss brings a wealth of experience and a love of research to her work at GSU. In addition to her work in higher education, she has teaching experience in general and special education at the preschool, elementary, middle and secondary levels. She has administrative experience in elementary and secondary schools and she served as a high school principal for six years. Dr. Moss has systems leadership experience in non-traditional settings.

In her previous faculty position at Converse College, Moss wrote and directed an educational specialist degree program in administration and leadership for district leadership and superintendency licensure. She also directed a master of arts in teaching program for secondary math and science. While at Converse, she was elected to the faculty senate, appointed as a faculty representative to the college’s Honor Board and given the Student Government Association’s Faculty Involvement and Collaboration Award.

Moss is a member of the American Education Research Association and its Special Interest Groups for Supervision and Instructional Leadership, Arts and Learning, and Narrative Research. She is an invited member of the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision (COPIS) and an evaluator for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. She maintains an active research agenda and her interests include the aesthetics of teaching and leadership, particularly as they impact marginalized populations. Her current research project involves an exploration of policy initiatives as they influence interpersonal dimensions of leadership. Moss has presented her work to regional, national, and international audiences.