Faculty Profiles

Dr. T. Jamay Grosland

Dr. T. Jamay Grosland, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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Email: jamay@usf.edu 
Office: EDU 158-E 

Dr. Grosland received her doctorate degree at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her research on how participants experience race and racism as a topic of study in higher education remains the cornerstone of her scholarship, which is concerned primarily with the dynamics of emotions in urban educational leaders' ethical and social justice practices, and the implications for leadership development. Her research and teaching interests focus on politics as function of power and urban education in general, and urban educational leadership in particular. After holding teaching positions at the University of Florida and Morgan State University, she joined the faculty in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of South Florida in the fall of 2017.  

Prior to education, she was successful political scientist working for two U.S. Members of Congress. She was a staff assistant focused on press relations and communications in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill for a United States Senator from Minnesota. She continued her work in press relations and district office operations for a Member of the United States House of Representatives (Minnesota, 4th Congressional District). She went on to become an urban educator where she was teacher in North St. Paul Public Schools (Minnesota) then a district wide integration-equity leadership coach for the same district.

As a clinician, and now a researcher, she has always has a passion for community partnerships holding positions such as coordinator or contributor (urban-suburban and school district-university partnerships). For example, while at Morgan State University, she was involved in partnerships focused on improving the lives of children in Baltimore's most marginalized communities and, specifically, in Northeast Baltimore. Such initiatives included a school climate study and a high quality leadership pipeline project. Her experiences also include her work at the University of Florida in partnership with a Florida public school district in teacher leadership, practitioner inquiry, and school reform for their most underserved Title I schools. She is a Holmes Scholar and Fulbright Memorial Fund award recipient.

As a researcher she is concerned with exploring the relationship between urban leadership, emotions, ethics, and social justice education. Her scholarship is influenced by critical and postmodern theories. Prior to joining the University of South Florida, she single and co-authored publications in the Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, Journal of Teacher Education, Journal of School Leadership, the Handbook on Critical Race Theory in Education, and Educational Policy, amongst others.