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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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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Caitlin S. Steele

Caitlin S. Steele (Ph.D. Program)

Caitlin Steele is working toward a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy with a research focus on systems thinking and interdisciplinary curricula in K-12 schools.  She studied English and Elementary Education at The College of Wooster and earned her M.A. from The Bread Loaf School of English.  She has taught for twelve ...

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