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Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Faculty working with Students: 48
Students: 64
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall December 1st (Priority Deadline)
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
  • Spokane: Yes
  • Tri-Cities: Yes
  • Vancouver: Yes
Tests required:
  • GRE optional

Degree Description:

Washington State University’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program prepares practitioner-scholars for leadership roles and challenges in education at the local, state, national, and international levels. The program is offered on all WSU campuses and fosters a community of leaders who work together to strengthen educational services and learning opportunities in schools, communities, and other educational organizations. A team of academic and field-experienced faculty blends scholarship and practical expertise to prepare classroom, building, district, and other education leaders who utilize research, implement policy, and reform practice to improve learning and achievement for all students. Faculty from both departments in the College of Education participate in the program.

In this statewide program students in all regions of the state follow the same application process for admission; once admitted, students may access course offerings and advisement through any of WSU’s campuses. Courses are sequenced to allow students at all campuses to complete program requirements within a four-year time frame (contingent upon successful completion of dissertation research). In addition to program offerings at the regional campuses, students attend two-week summer institutes at the Pullman campus for two consecutive summers. The purpose of the summer institutes is to build a learning community and support network among the statewide cohort, and to form inquiry groups that will focus dissertation research on common problems of leadership for school improvement.

Students will complete and defend a preliminary examination as well as a dissertation. The Ed.D. dissertation is a research study designed to address a contemporary problem of practice in a K-12 school or educational setting.

Admission Requirements:

Please complete the WSU Graduate School’s online application, a supplemental department application, a written statement (as described on the supplemental department application), any currently held certificates, a current resume or vita, three letters of recommendation, transcripts of all past academic work, a writing sample, and for international student only either a TOEFL or IELTS exam.

Student Learning Outcome:

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, leadership in public administration or non-profit agencies

Career Placements:

K-12 superintendent, K-12 school district administrator

Faculty Members:

Acker-Hocevar, Michele, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Akmal, Tariq, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on 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.”

Banks, Susan, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Dr. Susan Rae Banks-Joseph is an enrolled member of the Arapahoe Tribe, a graduate of PennState’s American Indian Leadership in Special Education program. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Washington State University where she has published on American Indian special education, Native teacher education, and Native people in higher education. Within her, is a love for research, teaching, mentoring, and educating to empower Native families/communities which she shares by volunteering to aid and assist Native children with and without special needs and their families navigate through the maze of educational systems and support services in pursuit of quality service provision. In addition, Dr. Banks-Joseph presents on special education processes and laws in tribal communities, conferences, and gatherings.

Bettis, Pamela J, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Intersection of gender, youth cultures and schooling. Particularly interest in the common sense discourses of gender found in everyday social practices, such as use of the word “nice”, the meaning of masculinity in Star Wars, and how youth talk about gender in class.

Calderone, Shannon, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on 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.

Canty, June M, Ed.D.

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

Research Interests

General and special education in rural education, teacher preparation/induction, and legal ramifications of admissions and dismissal decisions from professional programs, methods and means of support for beginning teachers and policy related to induction practices.

Cowin, Kathleen, Ed.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on 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 on 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 on 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.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on 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.

Frost, Janet Hart, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Qualitative research on mathematics instructional practices and professional development, influences on mathematics teachers practices and teacher change, conditions for and outcomes of innovative approaches in STEM education.

Furman, Gail C, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Leadership and organizations, school as community, moral leadership and ethics, Scientific Research in Educational Leadership: Problems, Paradoxes, and Possibilities.

Goldman, Paul

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Gotch, Chad, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on 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.

Groves, Price Paula, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Examining issues of equity, looking for solutions to the problems of inequalities in schools and society. Equity, broadly defined, includes fairness, social justice, and equality of both access and opportunity. To understand equity, Price researches a variety of subjects, including diversity in teacher education, state educational policies, educational reform, and the community context of education.

Hall, Leslie D, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Educational technology professional development for K-12 teachers and teacher education faculty, development of a video game to aid Supiaq-Alutiiq youth to learn their native language.

Hill, Glenys, Ed.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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.

Kucer, Stephen, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

The relationship between text processing and comprehension, understanding literacy and its instruction from a multi-dimensional perspective, and the use of thematic units for promoting both literacy and concept development.

LeBeau, Jennifer, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Dr. LeBeau’s primary interests lie in evaluation of projects related to STEM education and to student success. She has conducted research on service learning and student-faculty interactions as they relate to undergraduate and adult student success. Her current research focuses on pedagogical practices to enhance adult learning and ways in which program evaluation can be taught effectively to graduate students.

Lupinacci, Johnny, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on 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.

Mabry, Linda, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Specializing in the assessment of K-12 student achievement, program evaluation, and qualitative research methodology.

Mancinelli, John, Ed.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

McDonald, Teena Paige, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

As a practitioner scholar, my research interests are in the areas of Leadership and Organizational Studies, The Superintendency, Mindfulness, the Principalship, and Organizational and Occupational socialization of Women Administrators.

McDuffie, Amy Roth, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on 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.

Miller, Darcy E, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Special education issues and policies, areas such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, technology, multicultural special education, reading, juvenile delinquency, risk/resilience, and behavior/emotional disorders in children and adolescents.

Morrison, Judy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on 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.

Neider, Xyanthe Nicole, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Teaching and learning at the collegiate level: multicultural diversity,
First generation college students,
Research ethics, graduate education, writing
Campus environment and student experiences
Academic support as means to increase persistence to degree

Nelson, Tamara

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

Opstad, Thomas

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Parkay, Forrest, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

International education and cross-national partnerships.

Pitre, Paul, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on 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.

Poch, Susan

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

Puzio, Kelly, Ph.D.

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

Rakha, Shameem, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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.

Selby, Gay, Ed.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Interests are educational leadership and school finance.

Slavit, David, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on 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.

Ward, Barbara, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Research interests pertain to gender and literacy. She is particularly interested in the identity of readers and the incorporation of children’s and young adult literature in today’s classrooms. Culturally responsive pedagogy is at the heart of her teaching and research agendas.

Ward, Kelly Anne, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Faculty issues including integration of teaching, research, and service, work and family concerns for faculty, faculty career development, and faculty diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and the service role of higher education including faculty outreach and engagement.

Watson, Francene, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on 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 Pullman College of Education
Cleveland Hall 70
PO Box 642114
Pullman, WA 99164-2114
(509)-335-9195 or (509)-335-7016
Fax: (509)-335-9172
WSU Spokane College of Education
Kelly LaGrutta, Academic Coordinator
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495
(509) 358-7942
Fax: (509) 358-7933
WSU Tri-Cities College of Education
Helen Berry, Academic Coordinator
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA 99354-1671
(509) 372-7394
WSU Vancouver College of Education
Jennifer Gallagher, Academic Coordinator
Undergraduate (VUB) 308
Vancouver, WA 98686
(360)-546-9075
Fax: (360)-546-9040