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Main Office

Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
School of Education
253 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
MadisonWI  53706-1326

Tel: 608/262-3106
Fax: 608/265-3135

Email: elpa@education.wisc.edu
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Mission Statement

The mission of the department is to create, evaluate, exchange, and apply knowledge about leadership, learning, and organizational performance to prepare scholars and scholar practitioners who cultivate equity and educational opportunity in a diverse and changing world.

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Eric Camburn
Educational Leadership
& Policy Analysis
253D Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706


UW-Madison School of Education Ranked No. 1
Among Public Institutions
by U.S. News

The Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE)

Clifton F. Conrad, Faculty Director
Noel Radomski,​ Associate Researcher and Managing Director


supports the pursuit, sharing, and implementation of promising ideas for addressing fundamental challenges in postsecondary education in Wisconsin, the United States, and internationally.

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SCHOOL OF EDUCATION                                             



  K12 Leadership
  Higher, Postsecondary and Continuing Education
  Educational Policy

Master's Degree

Global Higher Education

Master's Degree

  K12 Leadership
  Educational Policy
  Higher, Postsecondary
and Continuing Education

Concentrations In
  Student Affairs Administration
  Intercollegiate Athletic Administration
  Two-Year Colleges​

Educational Specialist Certificate






Congratulations to Xueli Wang for receiving $800,000 from the National Science Foundation for the project "Contextualize to Learn: Preparing Faculty Toward Math Contextualization for Student Success in Advanced Technological Education," through May 2020. 

Rachelle Winkle-Wagner selected as the 2017 recipient of the Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Exemplary Scholarship. This award is given annually to one scholar/practitioner based upon the following criteria: a) illustrating effort in producing scholarship which advances multicultural and multiethnic education (broadly defined), within all educational, cultural, societal and social settings, contexts, levels and locations; and b) a demonstrated commitment to underserved communities beyond scholarship with evidence of improving the practical conditions experienced by multicultural/multiethnic communities.  The award will be presented at AERA in April 2017.
In her latest Under the Law column for Phi Delta Kappan magazine, Professor Julie Underwood takes a look at the mixed messages about guns and schools. (3/2017)

Julie Mead ELPA Professor and SOE Associate Dean
speaks with WORT/89.9 FM about school voucher programs

Associate Professor Xueli Wang served as editor of ​a special issue of New Directions for Institutional Research titled, "Studying Transfer in Higher Education: New Approaches to Enduring and Emerging Topics."   
Authored two chapters with Kelly Wickersham and Ning Sun, both Ph.D. students in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis co-authoring on chapter. (3/2017)

M. Bruce King, ELPA faculty associate, keynotes 2017 WTCS Assessment Conference 
The Learner, the Classroom, and the College: Propelling Assessment for a Sustainable Community 

Presented at the Association for Middle Level Education’s (AMLE) annual conference in Austin, Texas. (2017)
Professor Rich Halverson delivers talk to Madison Civics Club on transforming public education.
February 2017
 ‘The next Scalia?’ Professor Julie Underwood examines Trump’s Supreme Court nominee (2017)
Assistant Professor Claudia Persico's research used in New York Times Op-Ed on School Integration

Published "It Turns Out Spending More Probably Does Improve Education."  

Professor Jerlando Jackson's project among those selected to receive first-ever National Science Foundation INCLUDES funding. Professor Jerlando Jackson to serve as collaborating investigator. (1/2017)

Associate Professor Nick Hillman quoted in State Journal column examining Vos' critique of tuition cut proposal.
Explains how cuts take heaviest toll on colleges serving low-income students. (1/2017)
Noel Radomski, Managing Director WISCAPE, comments on Gov. Walker's proposal to cut UW tuition. (1/2017)
Carolyn Kelley, Professor and SOE Associate Dean, speaks with Clarion-Ledger about Mississippi teacher merit pay proposal (1/2017)
Jerlando Jackson Invited to the White House to participate in the final My Brother's Keeper National Summit on Dec. 14 in Washington, D.C.  
Associate Professor Rachelle Winkle-Wagner compares experiences with diversity on different campuses.  (11/2016)
Assistant Professor Peter Goff addresses Wisconsin's rural education issues

Jeff Hamm, SOE Associate Dean of Academic Services and Peter Goff, ELPA Faculty, speak with WKOW regarding teacher shortages.   (10/2016)
Clifton Conrad, Professor and Faculty Director WISCAPE, speaks with New York Times about declining state funding for higher education.   (2016)

The Capital Times interviewed Professor Conrad regarding Trump's ​nomination for Secretary of Education.  (2016)




Masters in K-12 Leadership Cohort
with a Focus on
Social Justice Leadership 

    SUMMER 2017 
                COHORT IS FULL 

Application deadline for Summer 2018 cohort is February 1, 2018.

Sue Reis
Support Staff
for 20 Years


School of Education to honor Distinguished Achievement Award winners April 25



University Staff Distinguished Achievement

Barbara Wipperfurth

Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

Faculty Distinguished Achievement

​Richard Halverson

Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis







2018 Theodora Herfurth Kubly Awarded to
Nicholas Kay

2018 The Christine and Philip Lodewick Awarded to
Gwendolyn Baxley 


Academic All-American! TJ Ruschell
TJ is a three time all-Big Ten academic team member, has an undergrad degree in economics, and although he has completed his eligibility to compete with the Badgers, he will be staying in Madison next year in order to compete his masters degree in ELPA.  
Way to go, TJ! We’re proud of you!


Brittany Ota 

Graduate Student Breaks Ground on Multiracial Student Experiences

Deniece Dortch

Doing great work...

African American Doctoral Scholars Initiative

The University of Utah



Terrance Green 

Assistant Professor, University of Texas-Austin, and ELPA PhD Alumnus ​will be receiving the 2017 Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Division A.   


Ellie Bruecker

ELPA PhD student selected for AEI summer policy institute in Washington, D.C.

Leonard Taylor

PhD Alumnus is being honored with the 2017 Dissertation of the Year Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE).


Sean Frazier
ELPA Alumnus featured in Cap Times report on balance of academics and athletics.

March 02, 2017

The Capital Times recently put the spotlight on Sean Frazier, who is helping student-athletes excel in life beyond sports.

Hyoung Joon Park
Ning Sun
Kelly Wickersham
Mauriell Amechi

ELPA PhD students, along with facultyXueli Wang and ELPA affiliate Matt Horaare featured in the volume Review of Higher Education, one of the leading journals in higher education and the flagship journal of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.


Walter Parrish

ELPA PhD student, receives ACPA OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT  AWARD.  This award recognizes an outstanding graduate student completing a degree in Student Affairs or a related field. Through commitment, innovation, and creativity, the recipient will have made a significant contribution to his/her graduate institution through works, related to increasing awareness and education around multiculturalism, more specifically, as it relates to people of color. Additionally, the recipient will have contributed to Student Affairs through research, professional organization involvement or professionals from backgrounds of color. - See more at: http://www.myacpa.org/standing-committee-multicultural-affairs-awards#sthash.bk5Cju9Z.dpuf  

Gwen Baxley & Julie Kallio

ELPA PhD students, were selected to participate in theDavid L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminarin Educational Administration & Policy, in San Antonio in April. Nearly 90 doctoral students from 7 countries were nominated with only the top-ranked proposals selected.


Congratulations to ELPA alumna, Elizabeth Bingman
(Global Higher Education Program 2013 cohort), recipient of the National 2017 Association for Surgical Education (ASE) Clerkship Coordinator Recognition Award! 





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