Ellen Schall


Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

295 Lafayette Street, Room 2100A

New York, NY 10012

Phone: (212) 998 - 7438

Email: ellen.schall@nyu.edu

B.A., Swarthmore College

J.D., cum laude, University Honors Scholar, New York University School of Law

Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University


Dean Schall teaches "Reflective Practice: Learning from Work," a course she developed to help students learn to build theory from their own practice and begin to build an understanding of themselves and the organizations in which they work.


Dean Schall currently works in the area of leadership and organizational development. With Professor Sonia Ospina, she established the Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA).


Click here for a database of Dean Schall's publications.


President, National Center for Health Education (February 1990 - August 1992)

Commissioner, New York City Department of Juvenile Justice (January 1983 - January 1990)

Deputy Commissioner for Program Services and Legal Policy, New York City Department of Correction (November 1979 - January 1983)

Associate Coordinator, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Criminal Justice in New York City (March 1978 - November 1979)

Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society, NYC - Criminal Defense Division (August 1972 - March 1978)


Distinguished Teacher Award, New York University (2001)

Public Service Award, New York University School of Law Alumni Association (1997)

Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration (1995)

Committee on Children and the Law, Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence, joint recipient with Hon. Judith Kaye, Chief Judge, New York State, New York State Bar Association (1994)

President, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (1993-1994)

One of six leading managers in the U.S. and Britain for interview in connection with research project on Managing Beyond Gender, conducted by Office for Public Management, London England. (1993)

Thomas Mott Osborne Medal, The Osborne and Correctional Associations for achievements in Criminal Justice (1990)

Florence E. Allen Award for Exceptional Attainment in the Law, Women's Bar Association and New York University School of Law (1989)

Settlement Service Award, University Settlement House (1987)

Innovations in American Government Award - NYC Department of Juvenile Justice, Ford Foundation/John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (1986)

Outstanding Contribution to Women in City Government Award, Women's Advisors of NYC (1985)


Innovations in American Government Selection Committee, Kennedy School of Government (2006 - present)

Visiting Committee, Kennedy School of Government (1998 - 2006)

Editorial Board, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (1998 - 2002)

Core Committee, Executive Session on Indigent Defense, Kennedy School of Government (1999-2001)

Advisory Board, Open Society Institute, Center on Crime, Communities and Culture (1999-2001)

Faculty, National Defender Leadership Project, Vera Institute of Justice (1998 -2001)

New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children, Co-chair with Hon. Judith Kaye (1991 - 1999)

National Academy of Public Administration, Formative Evaluation for OJJDP, Conditions of Confinement Project. Study Panel and Report, Corporation for National Service: Strengthening Organizational Effectiveness and Service Delivery (1998)

National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (1994 - 1995)

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, President (1993 - 1994); President - Elect (1992 - 1993); Policy Council (1989 - 1994); Co-chair of Public Management Section, Program Committee (1998)

Violence in Urban America: Mobilizing a Response, invited attendee at conference, co-sponsored by National Research Council and Harvard University (published report available) (1994)

National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Committee on Law and Justice (1990 - 1994)

National Committee on Innovations in State and Local Government, Ford Foundation (1989 - 1994)

New York City Board of Education, School Safety Task Force (1992 - 1993)

New York University School of Law, Law Center Foundation (1990 - current)

Member, Executive Committee (1993 - 1992)

Chair, Nominating Committee (1993 - 1994)

Member, Special Committee on Financial Aid, (1992)

Executive Sessions on Future of Juvenile System, sponsored by Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (1983 - 1984)


Women's Forum, Inc. (2007 - present)

National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (1995 - Present)

American Society for Public Administration (1994 - Present)

Association of University Programs in Health Administration (1994 - Present)

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (1989 - Present)

International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations, Member (1994 - 2005)

Herman Biggs Society Member (1993 - 1998)


University Settlement House, Member, Board of Directors (1973 - 2007); President (1977 - 1986); Vice President (1987 - 1997)

The Legal Aid Society of New YorkMember, Board of Directors (1990 - 1995); Vice President (1991 - 1995)

Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth, Member, Board of Directors (1996 - 1998)

United Neighborhood Houses Advisory Committee, Settlement Human Resource Development Project (1992 - 1996)