University of Vermont

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.

Cyrus Patten

Cyrus Patten (Ed.D. Program)

Cyrus is a local nonprofit leader specializing in complex system change.  A Vermont native, he earned his bachelors (2006) and masters (2009) degrees in Social Work from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado where he specialized in community organizing.  His research areas include system change, creative funding ...

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Nick Negrete

Nick Negrete (Ed.D. Student)

Nick Negrete is working on his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and is an alum of the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESA) Program at the University of Vermont. He currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Students within the Division of Student Affairs at UVM. Nick oversees ...

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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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