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Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Faculty working with Students: 28
Students: 64
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall February 1st
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
  • Spokane: Yes
  • Tri-Cities: Yes
  • Vancouver: Yes
Tests required:
  • TOEFL - iBT 80
  • IELTS Band 7

Degree Description:

The statewide Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership prepares practitioner-scholars for leadership in education at the local, state, and national levels. Program content is both practical and scholarly; it blends issues important to practicing educational leaders with scholarship that can help analyze and address these issues. Program faculty are highly experienced school professionals and nationally recognized academic scholars who contribute to the central purpose of the program: preparing practitioner-scholars for effective and meaningful leadership. The Ed.D. dissertation is intended to study and address a contemporary problem of practice in k-20 schools through a leadership lens.

This is a modified cohort program, with a new cohort admitted once each year in the fall. Students enrolled in two classes each semester will finish the coursework portion of their program in 2½ years. Students making continual progress could complete the degree in four years, though it is common for students balancing educational, professional, and personal demands to finish in five years. The program is offered on-site at all of WSU’s campuses (Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver). Students who live 50+ miles from a WSU campus can seek approval to attend classes synchronously via Zoom Video Conferencing.

Admission Requirements:

Please complete the WSU Graduate School’s online application, and then contact the Academic Coordinator for the Program (see “Contacts Information” to the right)  to request the Departmental Application packet. Applicants must have a master’s degree and will be asked to respond to various writing prompts, submit a scholarly writing sample, and secure three letters for recommendation. Domestic students do not need to take any tests, International students must take either a TOEFL or IELTS exam.

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  Identify and analyze the theories, research, and policies related to the study of K-12 educational leadership: ethics and social justice; inquiry; policy; and leadership/instructional  leadership.
  2.  Prepare, write and present clear and coherent critical book reviews and reviews of the literature in educational leadership.
  3.  Understand, evaluate, and apply inquiry knowledge and skills to problems of policy and practice of educational leadership.
  4.  Design, conduct, report, and present clear and coherent research studies that contribute to understanding and solving problems of practice in educational leadership.
  5.  Articulate core values and model the guiding principles of the profession including: commitment to social justice; understanding of ethical responsibilities of leadership; effective and  respectful interaction with others of similar and diverse cultures, values, and perspectives; commitment to school improvement and a positive impact on student learning.

Career Opportunities:

K-12 district leadership positions, higher education administration, public administration or non-profit leadership

Faculty Members:

Akmal, Tariq, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

1) how to improve pre- and in-service teacher quality in order to improve the learning experiences of all students, particularly at the middle level; and
2) how the educational reform and accountability movement affects middle schools.
He is especially interested in the practices of middle schools in relation to the issues surrounding grade level retention of students and other effects of educational “accountability.”

Calderone, Shannon, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Examines how families from across the socioeconomic spectrum engage in the college affordability decision-making process. More specifically, she looks at a family’s existing money-related practices as fundamentally socio-historical and sociocultural. As such, these practices contribute significantly to the structuring of social advantage and disadvantage in the college financing process. Dr. Calderone’s most recent research has focused on social trust and debt assumption, financial literacy, and family financial labor as points of insight into the impact of college costs on perceptions of opportunity for high, middle, and low-income families.

Carbonneau, Kira Joy, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Includes interests associated with: cognitive principles of instructional methods, instructional manipulatives in early childhood education, mathematics education, executive functioning and self-regulation. Dr. Carbonneau’s most recent research assesses the efficacy of manipulative-based instructional strategies within pre-K classrooms.

Cowin, Kathleen, Ed.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Include reflective practice, and the formation of mentoring relationships between educational leader candidates and their mentor

Dunn, Michael, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Literacy skills/strategies and response to intervention, development of literacy skills/strategies in an intervention format, use of The Ask, Reflect, Text (ART) Strategy and artistic expression, how students use the strategy, and improvement in students skills.

Ernst-Slavit, Gisela, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Language and education in culturally and linguistically diverse settings using ethnographic and sociolinguistic perspectives, oral language development and academic literacy for emergent bilinguals.

Finley, Susan, Ph.D.

Location: Vancouver

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Poverty and homelessness, systemic barriers to educational access and equity, social and environmental justice policy and practice. Recent projects focus on the politics of advocacy and community-based, participatory research.

Gotch, Chad, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Centers on maximizing effective and proper use of educational and psychological measurements. To this end, he studies assessment/measurement literacy among teachers, score reporting, and building validity arguments from both technical and non-technical evidence. These complimentary lines of research inform the life cycle of assessment, from development to use and policy.

Hill, Glenys, Ed.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Organizational culture and its impact on student learning; the role of the superintendent as a change agent; women and minorities as educational leaders and superintendents; lenses of decision making; superintendent-Board relations.

Huggins, Kristin S, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Urban school reform, equity in education, instructional leadership, professional development and teacher quality.

Johnson, Eric, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Ethnographic approaches to language-minority education programs and language policies in public schools.
Language policy and planning, the application of policy as practice,
Immigrant communities, parent and community engagement, bilingual education, and Hispanic Serving Institutions.

Kelley, Jane, Ed.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Dr. Kelley’s research is two-fold. First, she applies a critical multicultural analysis to children’s literature in order to bring the ideology of power as it is portrayed in children’s literature. Second, she investigates pedagogical strategies to introduce a critical multicultural analysis to pre-service teachers, service teachers, and graduate students.

Kruse, Sharon, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Dr. Kruse’s research broadly addresses two concerns, (1) to help teachers and school leaders better understand the key role leadership plays in schools and (2) to explore how education is currently structured and influenced by social and organizational complexity.

Lupinacci, Johnny, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Focuses on how people, specifically educators, learn to both identify and examine destructive habits of modern human culture. His work proposes that, through education, teachers can be leaders in confronting dominant assumptions about existing as individuals separate from and superior to the greater ecological systems to which we belong.

Mancinelli, John, Ed.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

McDuffie, Amy Roth, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Amy Roth McDuffie conducts research on the professional development of prospective and practicing teachers in mathematics education. Specifically, she focuses on supporting teachers learning in and from practice in the areas of teachers’ use of curriculum resources and culturally relevant pedagogies as part of developing equitable instructional practices.

Morrison, Judy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Assessing students’ understanding of science concepts in the classroom, in using science notebooks as a formative assessment tool, and in using scientists in the professional development of science teachers.

Nelson, Tamara

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Pitre, Paul, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Focuses on racial/ethnic minority and low socioeconomic status students’ experiences in the college choice process and factors that enhance student aspirations for college attendance. Similarly, Pitre is interested in the role that school context plays in developing student college related aspirations. He is also interested in students’ perceptions of their preparation for life beyond K-12 education.

Puzio, Kelly, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

With a focus on literacy, Dr. Puzio’s investigates ways that teachers can provide differentiated and culturally relevant instruction.

Rada, Roger

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Rakha, Shameem, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Focus on urban education, culturally relevant pedagogy, and educational equity.

Rodela, Katherine, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Across my diverse projects, I seek to connect theoretical analyses of culture, language, learning, and leadership with practical applications for increased educational equity, particularly for students of color, low-income students, and other underrepresented communities in our schools and universities.

Rud, A.G., Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

A.G. Rud is nationally known for his expertise in the philosophical dimensions of education. His research focuses on the cultural foundations of education, with particular emphasis on the moral dimensions of teacher education, P-12 educational leadership, and higher education. Dr. Rud is president elect of the John Dewey Society and edited its peer-reviewed international journal, Education and Culture, 2004-2010.

Salsbury, Thomas Lee, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Second language acquisition, vocabulary acquisition in content areas, development better measures of lexical proficiency.

Sawyer, Richard, Ed.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Studies K-20 curriculum change for teachers and higher education faculty in high stakes contexts, which include content (e.g., multi-culturalism), certification (alternate route and college-based), collaboration, and individual. Furthermore, he examines elements of professional support for these changes. He is completing work on a 12-year longitudinal study comparing curriculum making and curriculum change of teachers prepared through either alternate route certification or college-based preparation.

Slavit, David, Ph.D.

Location: Vancouver

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Teacher development, particularly in collaborative professional contexts, teacher understanding and instruction STEM schools, the ways in which K-12 students develop understandings of algebraic ideas, particularly mathematical functions, and educational technology.

Watson, Francene, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

School and community gardens, which is inspired through place-based education, critical pedagogy, the arts, and community action research

Contact Information:

WSU Vancouver College of Education
Jennifer Gallagher, Academic Coordinator
Undergraduate (VUB) 308
Vancouver, WA 98686
(360)-546-9075
Fax: (360)-546-9040