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.

Jennifer Jang

Jennifer Jang (Ed.D. Program)

As a multilingual global citizen, 張文馨 (Jennifer Jang) is a sister, daughter, artist, Acroyoga-enthusiast, educator, and philosopher. She moved from Chicago to Burlington to serve as the Associate Director of Student Diversity Programs at Champlain College. Her experience as an Asian international woman, a first-generation ...

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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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Kelly Swindlehurst

Kelly Swindlehurst (Ph.D. Program)

I grew up in a small town in Maine and earned my BA from Smith College in American Studies with a minor in Education in 2007.  Following a year working in the non-profit world, I earned my master's in Education Policy from University of Massachusetts Amherst where my research focused on the experiences of students with ...

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