University of Vermont

College of Education and Social Sciences

Dissertation Defenses

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.

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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Kailee Brickner-McDonald

Kailee Brickner-McDonald (Ed.D. Program)

Kailee Brickner-McDonald is pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a focus in higher education. Kailee’s originally from New Jersey. At The College of William and Mary (2006) she enjoyed learning about social change through civic engagement experiences. After a short time traveling and community ...

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Suzanna Elkin

Suzanna Elkin (Ph.D. Program)

My academic and professional experience is at the intersection of education and community health. I have worked as a teacher, community health educator, and public health researcher with a focus on issues surrounding nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and local food. Most recently, I worked for 5 years in Oaxaca, Mexico, where I ...

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