Anthony Picciano

Professor of Administration and Supervision, Instructional Leadership
Monday and Thursday 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Anthony G. Picciano holds faculty appointments in graduate programs in Education Leadership at Hunter College, the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), and the doctoral certificate program in Interactive Pedagogy and Technology at the CUNY Graduate Center. In 1998, Dr. Picciano co-founded CUNY Online, a multi-million dollar initiative funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that provided support services to faculty using the Internet for course development. He was a founding member and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan Consortium).

Dr. Picciano was elected to the Inaugural Class of the Sloan Consortium’s Fellows in 2010, in recognition of “outstanding publications that have advanced the field of online learning”. Dr. Picciano was also the 2010 recipient of the Sloan Consortium’s National Award for Outstanding Achievement in Online Education by an Individual.


PhD In Education Leadership – Fordham University (1985)


Throughout my career I have enjoyed and taken great pride in my teaching. I started teaching in 1971. In addition to formal coursework, I also have done a significant amount of professional development ranging from half-day to one-week in-person workshops and seminars as well as televised (University of Texas Starlink Educational Broadcasting System and the CUNY Media Distribution System) seminars. The courses I have taught and designed materials for include:

Research in Urban Education
Public Higher Education Policy, Finance, and Leadership – CUNY (1961-Present)
Education Networks: Power, Wealth, Cyberspace, and the Digital Mind
Education’s Digital Future: Teaching with Technology in the Modern University
Research Seminar in Higher Education Policy, Organization and Structure
Higher Education Policy and Practice
Quantitative Research
Education Research Methods
American Education Policy
History, Theory, and Practice of Interactive Media
Technology and Education: Policy and Research Issues
Introduction to Astronomy
Contemporary Issues in Education
Organization of School Districts
The Principalship
Managerial Tools for School Administrators
School Law
School Finance
School Improvement through Technology & Data Driven Decision Making
Educational Technology
Social Foundations of Education


Dr. Picciano’s research interests are leadership, education policy, online teaching and learning, and multimedia instructional models. Dr. Picciano has conducted major national studies with Jeff Seaman on the extent and nature of online and blended learning in American K-12 school districts. Dr. Picciano has written over sixty articles, book chapters, and monographs. He has edited ten special editions for the Online Learning Journal, Education Sciences and the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks. His articles have been published in the Online Learning Journal, Teachers College Record, Education Sciences, the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, The Internet and Higher Education, and The Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia.


I have published fifteen books including:

Online Education: Foundations, Planning, and Pedagogy (2019, Routledge/Taylor & Francis, Publishers.

CUNY’s First Fifty Years: Triumphs and Ordeals of a People’s University (2018, Routledge/Taylor & Francis)

Educational Leadership and Planning for Technology, 5th Edition (2011, Pearson)

Data-Driven Decision Making for Effective School Leadership (2006, Pearson)

Distance Learning: Making Connections across Virtual Space and Time (2001, Pearson)

Educational Research Primer (2004, Continuum)

The Great Education-Industrial Complex: Ideology, Technology, and Profit
(2013, Routledge/Taylor & Francis)

Blended Learning: Research Perspectives, Volume 1 (2007, The Sloan Consortium)

Blended Learning: Research Perspectives, Volume 2 (2014, Routledge/Taylor & Francis)

Conducting Research in Online and Blended Learning Environments: New Pedagogical Frontiers (2016, Routledge/Taylor & Francis).

Online Education Policy and Practice: The Past, Present, and Future of the Digital University. (2017, New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis, Publisher).