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College of Education and Social Sciences

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Doctoral Programs in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Welcome to the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program at UVM. The study of leadership and policy studies in education requires a complex understanding of educational institutions, politics, culture, change processes, and the needs of an increasingly diverse and global world. Central to our program is the belief that the study of leadership and policy studies requires building and sustaining communities of learning between practitioners and researchers and the communities they serve. We develop change agents who can construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Our program is nationally recognized and a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) including over 50 institutions of higher education across the United States. We are proud to offer both the Ed.D. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Andrew Hudacs

Andrew Hudacs (Ed.D. Program)

Andrew Hudacs is working towards an EdD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  His research interests include how K-16 public education prepares students for careers.  Other interests consist of policy analysis and organizational leadership to reduce socioeconomic achievement gaps.  He completed a BA at St. Michael’s ...

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Steve Pomeroy

Steve Pomeroy (Ed.D. Program)

Steve Pomeroy is currently working as the Associate Director and Lecturer at Norwich University, and has also served there as the Dean of the School of National Services and a Professor of Naval Science. As a Marine Corps leader, served as Commanding Officer of a carrier-based F/A-18 Fighter Squadron, Commanding Officer of a ...

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Lisa Natkin

Lisa Natkin (PhD Program)

Lisa Watts Natkin is working towards a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a research focus on sustainability leadership and program evaluation.  She is UVM’s Clean Energy Fund’s Education & Outreach Graduate Fellow for the Office of Sustainability.  She earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies and ...

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