Joseph Procaccini, PH.D.

ProccaciniPlease remember Joseph Procaccini, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, in the Education Specialties department of the School of Education at Loyola University Maryland. Joseph, father of Gabriel Procaccini and Marc Procaccini, and loving friend of his former spouse, Mattie Procaccini, died on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications following heart surgery.

Memorial gathering (visitation):
Friday, Aug. 22
3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Barranco Funeral Home
495 Ritchie Highway
Severna Park, Md. 21146

Memorial Mass:
Saturday, Aug. 23
10:30 a.m.
Loyola University Maryland Alumni Memorial Chapel
4501 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21210

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to support a Loyola scholarship in Procaccini’s name.

To donate via check, send to:

Loyola University Maryland
4501 N. Charles St.
Baltimore MD 21210
Attn: Office of Advancement

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Associate Professor
Educational Leadership and Philosophy
Department of Education Specialties
Loyola University Maryland
School of Education
Timonium Graduate Center
2034 Greenspring Drive 26S
Timonium, Maryland 21093


Ph.D. Educational Administration
The Catholic University of America

M.Ed. Educational Administration
Loyola University

M.L.A. Science and Philosophy
Johns Hopkins University

B.A. Philosophy and Theology
O.L. of Providence Seminary


Since 1973 Dr. Joseph Procaccini has been on the graduate Education faculty at Loyola, where he has also served as Department Chair, Director of Educational Leadership Programs, and Graduate Dean. He has also taught in the Sellinger School of Business and Management and was Director, Center for Work, Family and Schools. He is the author of three books and several articles on school administration and family-school relations. He completed bioethics training at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown, the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins, and the Harvard Divinity School. He has recently served as a visiting research scholar in bioethics at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Episcopal Divinity School, and Georgetown University. He has spoken to professional and parents groups in 45 states and across Canada and has appears on over 100 television and radio shows at the local and national levels. In addition, he has served as a management consultant to schools, churches, hospitals, banks, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. He has served on the boards of five private schools and numerous local and state government boards, including the Anne Arundel County Planning Board and the Baltimore Regional council of Governments. He has visited 20 foreign countries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Research Interests

Leadership in School Reform
Neuroscientific Enhancements in Leadership
Mindfulness in Educational Leadership

Publications and Research Papers

Procaccini, J. (October, 2013) "The Delphi Technique and Technology for Creating a Family-Friendly School," International Society of Educational Planning Conference, Niagara Falls, NY

Procaccini, J. (July, 2013) "Advocating for High School Bioethics," American Association for the Advancement of Science Neuroethics Conference, Washington, D.C.

Procaccini, J. (July, 2012) "The Path to Wisdom: A Winding and Multicultural Road," Montessori Administrators Conference, Warrenton, VA

Procaccini, J. (January, 2012). "High School Turnaround Fiasco: A Case Study." Hawaii International Conference on Education., Honolulu, HI

Procaccini, J. (October, 2011) Planning for School Reform and Choice Programs: Milwaukee and Washington, D.C. Researcher Paper Presented: International Society for Educational Planning Annual Meeting. Budapest, Hungary

Procaccini, J. (October 2011) Anatomy of A school Turnaround Fiasco. Research Paper Presented: International Society for Educational Planning Annual Meeting: Budapest, Hungary

Litchka, P. and Procaccini, J. (June 2011) Does Gender Matter? A Qualitative Study. International Society for Educational Planning Fourtieth Anniversary Yearbook (103-111).

Litchka, P., Fenzel, L., Polka, W., and Procaccini, J. (May 2010). Gender Perceptions of the Leadership Abilities of Principals. Research Paper Presentation. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO.

Babaogian, E., Litchka, P., and Procaccini, J. (October, 2009). Qualitative Analysis of the perceptions of the Leadership Skills of School Principals in Turkey and the United States. Research Paper Presentation: International Society for Educational Planning Annual Meeting. Savannah, GA.

Fenzel, L., Litchka, P., and Procaccini, J. (April 2009). The Stress Process Among Superintendents of Schools: Analysis and Implications. Research Paper Presentation: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Litchka, P., Fenzel, L., and Procaccini, J. (February, 2009). Stress and the Superintendency: Leaving No Superintendent Behind. Research Paper Presentation: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Professional Memberships

American Educational Research Association
International Society for Education Planning
Phi Delta Kappa