Dr. James V. Shuls

Dean, Professor jvshuls@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

B.S.E. in Elementary Education, Missouri Southern State University
M.S.E. in Elementary Education, Missouri State University
Ph.D. in Education Policy, University of Arkansas


James V. Shuls is the Dean of the College of Education at Southeastern University and the Academic Director for the American Center for Political Leadership. Prior to joining SEU, Shuls served as an associate professor and the chair of the Department of Educator Preparation and Leadership at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, where he also directed the education administration programs. Shuls earned his Ph.D. in education policy at the University of Arkansas. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern State University and a master’s degree from Missouri State University, both in elementary education. Prior to joining UMSL, he served as the director of education policy for the Show-Me Institute, where he is currently a distinguished fellow of education policy. Previously, he taught first grade and fifth grade in southwest Missouri.

Shuls is passionate about education policy and education reform. His research focuses primarily on teacher labor markets, school finance, and school choice. He has served as an expert witness in the school finance case Martinez/Yazzie v. New Mexico and in a case focusing on online learning, Maloney v. Independence. His research has been published in various scholarly journals, such as: Educational Researcher, Social Science Quarterly, The Rural Educator, Educational Policy, the Journal of Education Finance, and the Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform, where he serves on the editorial board. Additionally, he has been featured in numerous popular print publications and has made many appearances on talk radio programs and television news.