The NRCCTE mourns the loss of Sam Stringfield

The NRCCTE mourns the loss of Sam Stringfield


NRCCTE staff are saddened to share the news of the sudden passing on July 31, 2016, of Dr. Samuel C. Stringfield, Ph.D., friend of the NRCCTE and prolific contributor to the research base on CTE and school reform.

During his long and remarkable career, Sam strove to improve education for all students, but especially those considered at risk due to their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or disabilities.

In his most recent professional position, he served as professor and program coordinator for the Educational Leadership program at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining the University of Cincinnati, Sam held a distinguished university professorship in the Department of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Human Resource Education at the University of Louisville. He also served as the director of the Systemic Supports for School Reform program at the Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University and as a member of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners. Sam was the founding editor, with the late John H. Hollifield, of the Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk (JESPAR).

An international authority on school effectiveness and school improvement, Sam also had extensive research experience in the areas of CTE and career pathways / programs of study, having served as a co-principal investigator of or significant contributor to multiple studies for the NRCCTE at the University of Louisville and the University of Minnesota. Those studies include, but are not limited to, a cross-study evaluation of career pathways/programs of study in three states, a longitudinal study of the South Carolina Personal Pathways to Success initiative, and a longitudinal evaluation of a career-based comprehensive school reform model.

At the time of his passing, Sam had authored over 170 articles, chapters, and books focusing on designs for improving programs within schools, for improving whole schools, for improving systemic supports for schools serving disadvantaged students, and international comparisons of school effects.

Sam will be remembered as a warm-hearted and generous teacher, scholar, friend, and raconteur. He is survived by his wife Kathleen, his large and loving family, and his many friends and colleagues.

Read Sam’s obituary.

Read a memorial written by Sam’s colleagues at ICSEI (the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement).