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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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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. —Nelson Mandela

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

Spotlight ELPA Faculty        


A book co-authored by Professor Clifton Conrad, ‘A Silent Success,’ translated and re-published by Peking University Press.


Associate Professor Nicholas Hillman recently co-authored a blog post for the Brookings Institution's website titled, “Where you live rather than what you know? The problem with education deserts." (April 2016)


UW's Conrad speaks with New York Times about financial emergency at Chicago State. (April 2016)

Professor Clifton F. Conrad ​comments on Illinois ​cutting off funding for its public universities on the MARKETPLACE.  
(click on listen to the story on the top of MARKETPLACE page)


ELPA Professor Julie Underwood is writing a monthly ‘Under the Law’ column for Phi Delta Kappan. Her most recent column is headlined, “Educators have unique role in reporting suspected abuse.”


Professor Carolyn Kelley awarded grant to further develop 'Seminar in the Politics of Education'. 



Authentic Intellectual Work
Improving Teaching for Rigorous Learning

M. Bruce King

ELPA Faculty Associate

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  9781462522583  
An Interview with
Professor Clifton F. Conrad
Cultivating Inquiry-Driven Learners 

     ​Faculty Publications

  Xueli Wang

Course-Taking Patterns of Community College Students Beginning in STEM: Using Data Mining Techniques to Reveal Viable STEM Transfer Pathways

  Rachelle Winkle-Wagner 
Entering the (Postgraduate) Field: Underrepresented Students’ Acquisition of Cultural and Social Capital in Graduate School Preparation Programs

  Nicholas Hillman
Education Deserts: The Continued Significance of ‘Place’ in the Twenty-First Century

  Julie Mead
Are We Heading Toward a Charter School 'Bubble'?: Lessons from the Subprime Mortgage Crisis

  Nicholas Hillman
How to Talk to Regular People About What’s Happening to College Prices

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

  Bruce King
Authentic Intellectual Work
Improving Teaching for Rigorous Learning

  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).

  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?



April 19, 2016

To the Students in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, 

As the faculty and staff in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA), we condemn the recent acts of racism that have been perpetrated on Students of Color at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. We realize that these racist acts create a hostile environment for all students, but, particularly, for Students of Color in our program, on our campus, and in our city. We patently reject the hate, threat, and exclusion that these events have activated. 

We stand with you, our students. We see you. We support you. We view you as a crucial part of our community. ​letter continued 

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Position Vacancy Listing 

PVL # 85959

Working Title:
Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

Official Title:

Degree and area of specialization:
Candidates are required to have an earned doctorate in economics or economics of education.




              Don't Miss Out!
   National Leadership
      for Social Justice Institute

               Summer 2016



to ELPA's newly tenured faculty member Associate Professor Nicholas Hillman.

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Paul Bredeson

ELPA Emeritus Faculty 
Sadly passed away on February 9, 2016.

    Alumni & Students

 stevedinkel 2003 ELPA Alum Steve Dinkel selected as Jefferson High School Principal, Jefferson, Wisconsin


Horace Mann and the Illinois Principals Association are pleased to announce that Robert Nolting, Principal of Victor J. Andrew High School, Orland Hills, has been named by the Illinois Principals Association as the 2016-2017 High School Principal of the Year.  The award recognizes high school principals who have demonstrated a positive impact on their students and learning community.  


ELPA Alum Dr. Turina Bakken has been selected as the next Madison College Provost.   


Mario Morris, ELPA PhD Student and Associate Athletic Director for Business Operations manages more than just UW athletics' budget

Secondary School Principal of the Year 2016 

Making ELPA Proud!
Robin Kvalo
 kristina-navarro-2016 CONGRATULATIONS!
ELPA PhD alumna Kristina Navarro is part of team

from UW-Whitewater that's being recognized with the 2016 Model Practice Award for Student-Athlete Development by the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A).

Mauriell Amechi

Mauriell Amechi, Director of the Community Outreach, Retention and Engagement Program at the University of Minnesota and ELPA PhD student, weighs in on Living Learning Communities.  
 parrish-walter-mug  ELPA PhD student Walter Parrish III, will serve as a graduate research associate at the American Council on Education, Center for Policy Research and Strategy, in Washington DC  beginning in May 2016.

Ellie Breucker

"The Real College Debt Crisis: How Student Borrowing Threatens Financial Well-Being and Erodes the American Dream," was recently published in the Journal of Student Financial Aid.  Ellie is a PhD student in ELPA.
 leon-raul CONGRATULATIONS! Associate Professor at Eastern Michigan University and ELPA alum, Raul Leon,  

received the Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award at EMU. The award recognizes one faculty member for their distinguished contributions in teaching, research, and service.

Raul is the first recipient in the history of his department, and the first Latino male at EMU to receive the award.  

 tgreen Terrance Green, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin, and ELPA alum, received the 

the William J. Davis Award which is given annually to the author(s) of the most outstanding article published in Educational Administration Quarterly (EAQ) during the preceding volume year.

 charleston-lavar2 Dr. LaVar Charleston, ELPA alum, is the 2016 recipient of the Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Emerging Scholarship awarded by the Multicultural/Multiethnic Education (MME) Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. Charleston will receive the award  in April in Washington, D.C. 
Valerie Photo CONGRATULATIONS! Valerie Crespin-Trujillo, ELPA PhD student, was recently accepted (out of more than 100 nationwide applicants) to participate in a summer education policy institute sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC. 

Mark Paige, JD, ELPA PhD alum, and currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, recently published  "Use existing laws to address teacher quality".

Turina Bakken, ELPA PhD Alum, selected as a recipient of The Chair Academy’s 2016 International Exemplary Leadership Award. This award recognizes the ability to advance academic and administrative leadership at your organization. 

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