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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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Education: a debt due from present to future generations. —George Peabody

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

   Faculty Publications 

Colleen Capper and Michael P. O'Malley
A Measure of the Quality of Educational Leadership 
Programs for Social Justice: Integrating LGBTIQ Identities 
Into Principal Preparation

 Colleen Capper
The 20th-Year Anniversary of Critical Race Theory in 
Education: Implications for Leading to Eliminate Racism

  Clifton Conrad ​and Marybeth Gasman
To Educate a Diverse Nation, Topple the Ivory Tower

  Julie F. Mead and Maria M. Lewis 
The Implications of the Use of Parental Choice as a Legal “Circuit Breaker”

  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?


Spotlight Alumni & Students

Mauriell Amechi (ELPA PhD Student) co-authored a chapter entitled, "Understanding the Unique Needs and Experiences of Black Male Subgroups at Four-Year Colleges and Universities," in the book, Advancing Black Male Student Success from Preschool through PhD, which was released in early October. 


Kevin Anderson, who received his Ph.D. in 2012, has been selected to receive the School of Education's 2015-16 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award.  Kevin currently serves as the Science Education Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 

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Sean Fraizer, Associate V.P./Director of Athletics at Northern Illinois University and ELPA Ph.D. student, launched a video series on intercollegiate athletics.  Take a look at Fraizer's Corner

Assistant Professor at Penn State, and ELPA alumna Dr. Maria Lewis was the 2015 recipient of the dissertation of the year awarded by the Education Law Association and the Joseph C. Beckham Dissertation of the Year Committee. Her dissertation was titled “Navigating the grey area: A review of a school district’s documentation of the relationship between disability and student misconduct”. 


ELPA alumna Bridget R. McCurtis delivered a closing keynote talk October 9th  at the International Colloquium for Black Males event in Kingston, Jamaica. 

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


ELPA Ph.D. student, Mauriell H. Amechi, Director of the Community Outreach, Retention and Engagement (CORE) Program at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities was featured as a guest on the 2015 Emmy-nominated show Urban Perspectives. The September 20th episode focused on “Educating Our Communities” and showcased K-16 pipeline initiatives in Minneapolis and St. Paul.


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. 


ELPA Assistant Professor Nicholas Hillman featured in the Chronicle article  “How to Talk to Regular People About What’s Happening to College Prices.” 

Laura Lang, WILA leadership coach and ELPA adjunct professor in K12 Master's Cohort, co-authored 
Academic Vocabulary in Middle and High School Effective Practices across the Disciplines

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research’s (WCER) Interdisciplinary Training Program (ITP) in the Education Sciences provides a rare opportunity for graduate students from several disciplines to create a research community. A select group of students from sociology, economics, psychology, political science, and social welfare learn to design, carry out, and analyze specialized research in education issues.

If eligible and interested in being nominated for the program, contact your academic advisor. Nominations are due January 22, 2016.  

Assistant Professor Nicholas Hillman speaks with Chicago Tribune about Roosevelt University's $123M Wabash Building.  


The Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network is one of thirty-five social innovations that has made the 2015 M List. Madison Magazine’s M List is a who’s who of organizations and individuals who are having an impact on our local culture and economy.


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 

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.  


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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