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.

Sarah M. Childs

Sarah M. Childs (Ed.D. Program)

Saludos! I am Sarah M. Childs, Assistant Director of the ALANA Student Center at UVM. In this position I focus most of my efforts on supporting the ALANA student community via programs, direct services and collaboration with colleges and departments across campus. Aside from my professional role, I am also a native of Tucson, ...

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Amber Rich

Amber Rich (Ed.D. Program)

Amber Rich is Senior Transfer Admissions Manager at Champlain College, where she has worked the past ten years. A 1999 undergraduate of the University of Vermont, Amber is currently a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership and Policies Studies program, where she is focusing on Higher Education. She is working on a ...

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Alison Howe

Alison Howe (Ph.D. Program)

Alison Howe is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies.  Alison’s background is in public health, quantitative statistics and participatory research. She earned a M.S. in Epidemiology and a B.S. in Medical Anthropology, both from the University at Buffalo.  Alison is the Director of Evaluation & ...

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