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
A former high school principal, Sheryl Cowart Moss has teaching and administrative experience in general and special education at every level of pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade public education. She directs the advanced programs (Tier II and Ed.D.) in educational leadership in the College of Education & Human Development.
Cowart Moss is an invited member of the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision, where she is also the president, and the National Collaborative for Inclusive Principal Leadership, a project of the Council for Chief State School Officers in Washington, D.C. As part of this work, Cowart Moss leads a national topical action group whose mission is to infuse inclusive leadership practices into leadership preparation programs across the country.
She is a site visitor for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and she chairs the Teacher and Leader Preparation Committee for the CEEDAR-GA Project, a partnership between the state of Georgia and the national CEEDAR Center, bringing together general education, special education and educational leadership. She also serves as a technical assistance consultant for the CEEDAR Center. Cowart Moss is president of the Georgia Educational Leadership Faculty Association and a member of the board of directors for the Georgia Association for Educational Leaders. She received the Exemplary Service Award from the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders in January 2018.
Cowart Moss recently completed a study of leadership in high needs schools with the International School Leadership Development Network. Her research interests include inclusive leadership and the aesthetics of leadership, particularly as they impact marginalized populations. Cowart Moss has presented her work to regional, national and international audiences and she has been invited to share her expertise in educational leadership program development with major universities across the country.
Berry, J, Cowart Moss, S., and Gore, P. (2018). “Leadership in high needs/high performing schools: Success stories from an urban school district.” In Murakami, E. Gurr, D., Nottman, R. (Eds.), Leadership, culture, and school success in high needs schools. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.