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About Charles J. Russo

Charles J. Russo, M. Div., J.D., Ed. D., is the Joseph Panzer Chair in Education in the School of Education and Health Services, Director of its Ph.D. Program, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Law at the University of Dayton. The 1998-99 President of the Education Law Association, and 2002 recipient of its McGhehey (Achievement) Award, he authored or co-authored more than 280 articles in peer-reviewed journals; authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 59 books, and more than 1,000 publications. Dr. Russo also speaks extensively on issues in Education Law in the United States and other Nations. In addition, he edits two journals and serves on more than a dozen editorial boards.
Along with having spoken in thirty-four states and twenty-nine nations outside of the United States on all six inhabited continents, Russo taught summer courses in England, Spain, and Thailand. He has served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame of Australia Faculty of Law in Sydney, Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, and the University of Newcastle, Australia; the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; South East European University, Macedonia; the Potchefstroom and Mafeking Campuses of Northwest University, Potchefstroom, South Africa; the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; the University of Sno Paulo, Brazil; Yeditepe University, Istanbul Turkey; Inner Mongolia University for the Nationalities, Tongliao, Inner Mongolia; and Peking University in Beijing, China.
Before joining the Faculty at the University of Dayton as Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Administration in July 1996, Dr. Russo taught at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, from August 1992 to July 1996 and at Fordham University in his native New York City from September 1989 to July 1992. He taught high school for eight and one half-years, both prior to and after graduation from law school. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Civilization (1972), Juris Doctor Degree (1983), and Doctor of Education degrees in Educational Administration and Supervision (1989) from St, John’s University in New York City. He received a Master of Divinity degree from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York (1978). He received a Ph.D. Honoris Causa from Potchefstroom University, now the Potchefstroom Campus of Northwest University, in Potchefstroom, South Africa, in May 2004, for his contributions to the field of Education Law.
Dr. Russo’s wife, who has a Master’s Degree in Special Education, is a pre-school teacher. Their older child, a son, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and Duke
University School of Law, where he earned his J.D. & LL.M., practices law in Washington, D.C.; their daughter, who earned a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Dayton, is an R.N. in the Miami Valley with plans for future study in medicine.


1996 Present Joseph Panzer Professor of Education, University of Dayton Department of Educational Leadership
Present Director of doctoral program in educational leadership, University of Dayton Department of Educational Leadership

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1989 Ed.D, St. John's University ‐ Educational Administration and Supervision
1983 JD, St. John's University
1978 M.Div., Seminary of the Immaculate Conception
1972 BA, St. John's University ‐ Classical Civilization

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Location: College Park Center, Room 651A
Phone: 937-229-3722


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