Alan R. Shoho is the Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Administrative Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Since his arrival in 2015, he led the School of Education to eliminating a $1M structural deficit and reducing a $2.4M carryforward debt down to $300K during an environment of declining enrollments. This was accomplished through difficult decisions involving staff layoffs, increasing faculty teaching loads, and re-organizing administrative staff support using a centralized model. He launched a marketing and recruiting campaign along with a retention task force to help regain student enrollment. In 2018, he charged all departments to come up with a strategic enrollment management plan by the end of summer 2018 to be implemented soon afterwards.
Prior to arriving at UWM, he spent twenty-one years previously at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he was a Professor and Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Support. He was an American Council of Education (ACE) Fellow during 2012/2013 academic year at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte serving under Chancellor Philip Dubois.
Dr. Shoho has published in a number of top tier journals including Leadership and Policy in Schools, Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of School Leadership, Journal of Educational Administration, The High School Journal, and The International Journal of Educational Management. His research focuses on aspiring principals and assistant principals, high school social processes, and organizational cultures. Dr. Shoho co-authored with Drs. Bruce Barnett and Ashley Oleszewski a journal article providing a comprehensive literature review on assistant principals. He served as the PI for a three-year, $300,000 Texas High School Project grant geared at preparing high school principals. He also co-authored several articles with Bruce Barnett on the challenges and experiences of new principals. In 2010, he served as the President for the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).
Dr. Shoho earned his Ed.D. at Arizona State University, M.Ed. at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and his B.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering at California State University at Fullerton, whereupon he worked as an Electrical Engineer at Rockwell International designing gyroscope guidance systems for Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs). He subsequently taught high school mathematics in Hawaii before moving into higher education.
He taught graduate courses in educational leadership including introduction to school administration, instructional supervision, principal internship, and principles of ethical leadership. He served as the Program Coordinator for three years and then as the Graduate Advisor of Record during two different stints as well as elected by his peers to serve as the College of Education and Human Development Council Chair twice.
He was selected to the inaugural class of UTSA’s Provost Fellows class in 2009 as well as selected to Leadership San Antonio sponsored by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Leadership North East Independent School District.