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.

Andrew Hudacs

Andrew Hudacs (Ed.D. Program)

Andrew Hudacs is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program at the University of Vermont.  His research interests include rural schools and how K-16 public education prepares students for careers.  Other interests consist of policy analysis and organizational leadership to reduce socioeconomic ...

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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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Beth White

Beth White (Ph.D. Program)

As the oldest in a strong-minded farming family from northern Vermont, I was instilled with a hearty work ethic, an insatiable curiosity, and drive for constant improvement.  I have questions about why education often squelches children's intrinsic curiosity and why public school is becoming more and more uninspiring and ...

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