Directory & Faculty Profiles

Shawn Boone, EdD

Dr. Shawn Boone is the School of Advanced Studies Associate Dean of Instruction for Advancing Community, Critical Thinking, Scholarship, and Success (ACCESS) and associate faculty for doctoral research and dissertation in the School of Advanced Studies at University of Phoenix. A current resident of Phoenix, Arizona, Shawn started his education at Brockton Day Nursery. He subsequently attended Brockton’s public school system, including Raymond and Paine Elementary Schools, East Junior High School, and Brockton High School. Shawn received his Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Psychology from Wheaton College in Norton, MA, his Master of Arts in education and his teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, his administrative credential from National University in Los Angeles, and his Doctorate of Education in administrative leadership, and teaching and learning from Walden University in Minnesota. While attending East Junior High School and Brockton High School, Shawn joined the nationally recognized youth-group, Our Positive Posse, and served as a community violence prevention organizer. In 1993, Our Positive Posse received the Thousand Points of Light Award for outstanding community service, and was honored by President Bill Clinton in Washington. Shawn was also the recipient of the 1995 Need to Know Newsletter’s Black Excellence Award in Outstanding Community Service. While attending Brockton High School, Shawn served as the president for the class of 1996 for three years and as youth minister at the Lighthouse of Faith in Christ Jesus. From his senior year of high school until his junior year at Wheaton College, Shawn served as a hospital chaplain at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton. While serving as a hospital chaplain, Shawn was project assistant and consultant for Health Care of Southeastern MASS and for the Massachusetts Department of Education where he worked on a state-wide HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum for high schools. While at Wheaton College, Shawn served as president of the class of 2000, as chair of the intercultural board, and finally, as president of the entire student government association, making him the first African American male elected in the college in its 167-year existence. Shawn was also awarded the 1998 J. Arthur Martin Prize in Religion for contributions to the discussion of religion, the 1999 UJIMA Award for his contributions to expanding diversity, and the 2000 Sally Gale Gillman Prize in achievement. After teaching for one year at the prestigious Brimmer and May School, Shawn realized his passion and commitment for inner city teaching and learning. In 2002, Shawn joined Teach for America, a national teaching organization and AmeriCorps program, and moved to Los Angeles, California, to teach. As a teacher in Los Angeles, Shawn served as a union chair and organizer for United Teachers Los Angeles, and he was responsible for organizing over 40,000 educators and health and human service professionals. In 2009, Shawn wrote three school charters and received operation of two middle schools in Los Angeles, where he worked to reform teaching and learning. While serving as a public school operator and teacher leader at Global Studies and Technology and at Arts and Media middle schools in Los Angeles, Shawn was also the chairperson for a charter school board of directors at Century Academy for Excellence, a charter middle school in Inglewood, California. These schools experienced significant academic achievement gains while under Shawn’s leadership. In 2013, Shawn was selected as a teacher of the year for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In addition to his work in K-12 education, Shawn is a former lead faculty area chair for K-12 doctoral education and faculty development administrator for assessment and resource. Shawn is the receipt of the University of Phoenix Southern California College of Education 2012 faculty member of the year and the 2014 scholarship faculty member of the year. His research and publications on education reform and teacher leadership were recently presented at conferences held at the 21st Century Academic Research Forum Conference at Harvard University in Boston and at the International Conference on Education in Chicago, where he received best research award. Shawn recently published a chapter titled, “Teacher leaders as school reformers” in the Routledge Press book, “The Power of Teacher Leaders: Their Roles, Influence, and Impact.”

Scholarship & Research

Full-time Faculty
Dissertation Chair
Committee Member
Associate Dean of Instruction
Primary College or School: 
College of Doctoral Studies