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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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The pleasure of becoming an educated person is the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought— that is to be educated. —Edith Hamilton

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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Department Chair 

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

Faculty Publications 

John Diamond

Lewis, Amanda, John B. Diamond, & Tyrone Forman. (2015). Conundrums of Integration: Desegregation in the context of Racial Hierarchy. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 1: 22-36.

John Diamond
Diamond, John B. & James P. Huguley (2014) "Testing the Oppositional Culture Explanation in Desegregated Suburban Schools: The Impact of Racial Differences in Achievement Orientations on Academic Performance" Social Forces. 93 (2): 747-777

Julie F. Mead
Private in Name Only: A Statutory and Constitutional Analysis of Milwaukee’s Private School Voucher Program, 21 Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice 331 (2015).

Julie F. Mead
The Right to an Education or the Right to Shop for Schooling: Examining Voucher Programs in Relation to State Constitutional Guarantees, 42 Fordham Urban Law Journal 703 (2015).

Bruce King
Authentic Intellectual Work: Improving Teaching for Rigorous Learning

John Diamond
Despite the Best Intentions

Clifton Conrad
Unsettle, and Enrich, the Public Discourse on Higher Education

Clifton Conrad 
Educating a Diverse Nation
Lessons from Minority Serving Institutions

Peter Goff 
Changing principals’ leadership through feedback and coaching.
Journal of Educational Administration52(5), 682-704.
Goff, P., Edward Guthrie, J., Goldring, E., & Bickman, L. (2014). 

Nicholas Hillman 
Public Policy and Higher Education: Strategies for Framing a Research Agenda

Xueli Wang
Pathway to a Baccalaureate in STEM Fields Are Community Colleges a Viable Route and Does Early STEM Momentum Matter?



Valyncia Raphael, ELPA Ph.D. student, speaks to the results of a recent campus survey that is being used to enhance ongoing efforts toward preventing and responding to sexual assault and misconduct.

Leticia Smith-Evans,

ELPA Alumni, selected as new Vice President for Institutional Diversity & Equity at Williams College, Williamstown, MA.  


ELPA Professor Julie F. Mead is presenting  "The War on Public Education and What it Means to You"  in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on October 6, 2015.

ELPA Professor Nicholas Hillman and Colleen Campbell, senior policy analyst ACCT, gave a senate staff briefing on Capitol Hill September 28, 2015.  


A Closer Look at the Trillion 


LaVar Charleston, ELPA Alumnus and Assistant Director at the Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) leads workshops at Eastern Michigan’s BrotherHOOD Scholars Program. 

Associate Professor John Diamond , a guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's "The Joy Cardin Show", spoke about racial inequality in good schools.  

Associate Professor Rachelle Winkle-Wagner elected ​to ASHE Board of Directors.  

Professor Jerlando F.L. Jackson recently served as an expert panelist at the 
82nd Grand Chapter Meeting of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in New Orleans.  


ELPA Assistant Professor Xueli Wang received the Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC).



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