UW-Madison Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

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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
or by contact form
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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

Jerlando F. L. Jackson, PhD
Vilas Distinguished Professor of
Higher Education

Director & Chief Research Scientist,
Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Laboratory

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ELPA Alum Dr. Ramon Ortiz to moderate at Wisconsin Leadership Summit 
October 18-29, 2018, Baraboo, Wisconsin
Daniel Corral, ELPA Ph.D. student acceptedNYU's Faculty First Look Program
Paris Wicker, ELPA Ph.D. student is a Ph.D. fellow at UW–Madison in a new program for doctoral students across three departments: sociology, education policy studies, and educational leadership and policy analysis.
Mauriell Amechi, Ph.D. alum, accepted a two-year visiting assistant professorship at the University of Redlands. In addition, he has been selected to serve as a co-program chair for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) 2019 conference, which will take place in Portland, OR.

UW-Madison scholars gain global perspectives at summer institute hosted by Beijing Normal
Four scholars with ties to the School of Education traveled to China earlier this summer to take part in the 2018 International Network of Education Institutes’ (INEI) Summer Program, which was hosted by Beijing Normal University. The institute is an effort to build a cross-cultural platform for meaningful intellectual dialogue. Those from UW-Madison taking part in the program included: Hanna Lichtenstein and Kristen McNeill, who are master’s degree students with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis’ Global Higher Education program; alumna Carolyn Schroeder; and Adam Nelson, a Professor with the Department of Educational Policy Studies.

Brett Nachman, ELPA PhD student elected to the national board of directors for Phi Kappa Phi.

Jackson Scholars Network 
2017-2019                               2018-2020
Jacqueline Forbes                      Sam Coleman
Minseok Yang                            Nicholas MitchellASHE Graduate Student Policy Seminar
2018 ELPA Representatatives
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Ning Sun


Prospective Student
Information Day

Webinar and Face-to-Face Options
October 29, 2018 5:00-6:30

August 2018 ELPA K12 Master's Social Justice Cohort Graduates Tell Their Story

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Professor Julie Underwood


Professor Weijia Li

Can Faculty Workload Be Captured in a Database?

Professors say an accountability effort ignores many of their job duties.

"Coaching to What End? The Development and Enactment of a Shared Critically Oriented Coaching Discourse".  ELPA Faculty Associate,  Dr. Laura Lang was recently published in The Philosophy of Coaching, an online journal. May 2018 




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