The Mission of the Educational Leadership and Policy Department is to prepare ethical researchers, leaders and policy makers in PK-12 through higher education who are informed by comprehensive and empirically-based theory and research, as well as committed to leading educational organizations that enact principles of justice, equity, and excellence for all learners.
Highlights & News
Tim Stanley, ELP doctoral student, has been selected as a Fellow for the 2013 National Data Institute sponsored by the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and National Science Foundation (NSF). The Institute, held in Washington, DC, is an intensive week-long seminar where participants collaborate with federal officials to build their research capacity around national postsecondary education datasets and survey research methodologies. Fellows are selected via a competitive review process, drawing applicants both nationally and internationally. Congratulations Tim! More information on the Institute is available
Hinckley Institute Siciliano Forum
Dr. Nick Hillman, Educational Leadership & Policy Assistant Professor, will be participating in the "
The Cost of Higher Education
" panel discussion. Dr. Hillman is an expert on higher educaton finance and student enrollment demand. The event will take place in the Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 225 and will also be broadcast on RadioWest, 11:00 a.m. March 6, 2013.
Dr. Amy Bergerson has been nominated and selected to receive one of seven ASUU Student Choice Awards at the end of March. The ASUU Student Choice Awards are given to educators who have made a significant impact in the field of teaching and have left a lasting impression on the lives of their students. Amy was nominated by one of her students and selected by a committee of students to receive this award. Amy also received this same award in 2007 and is only the second recipient to receive this award more than once!
Bryan Hotchkins was nominated and selected among a large pool of nominations to receive one of two ASUU Faculty Choice Awards. This is the first year the recognition has been offered. Bryan was nominated by a faculty member in the ELP department and was selected based on his commitment to the field and contributions to the greater University of Utah student body. Bryan will be recognized at a special event at the end of March alongside 1 other student, 7 faculty members, and the ASUU student group of the year!
Colin Ben Named Assistant Dean for Diversity in the Graduate School at the University of Utah
One of our PhD students, Colin Ben, has recently been appointed as the Assistant Dean for Diversity in the Graduate School here at the University of Utah. Colin is in the second year of his doctoral program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. Colin formerly worked with the McNair Scholars Program and the Udall Foundation’s Native American Congressional Internship program. Congratulations Colin!
Mary Skorheim, clinical professor in Educational Leadership and Policy, receives NASPA’s Pillars of the Profession Award for 2013
Each year at the annual NASPA Conference, the NASPA Foundation recognizes a series of distinguished individuals who have served as leaders, teachers, and scholars in student affairs and higher education. Each individual is nominated and supported for designation as a Pillar by colleagues, students, friends, or others who find him or her deserving of this honor. In the nominee's name, a gift of $2,500 is made to the Foundation to further research and scholarship in student affairs.
Congratulations to Nedra Hotchkins, a second year student in the master’s degree with an emphasis in student affairs! Nedra has been selected to serve as a NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Graduate Associate. The Graduate Associates provide leadership and outreach to the campus regarding events, publications, and announcements. Primarily, the associate increases awareness and involvement within NASPA by providing updated information to their fellow graduate students and other parties interested in learning more about NASPA. Working collaboratively with other GAPs and the NASPA Office, GAPs become another communication conduit for NASPA offerings with a campus community. Nedra will also have the opportunity to serve on an unofficial graduate student council, providing another perspective for NASPA student membership. Finally, Associates have the opportunity to apply to be a NASPA Annual Conference Intern.
Assistant Professor Nicholas Hillman Nominated for Prestigious Academic Fellows Program
Institute for Higher Education Policy and Lumina Foundation
University of Utah Assistant Professor, Nicholas Hillman, has been chosen to participate in the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) and the Lumina Foundation Academic Fellows Program. This prestigious selection allows Dr. Hillman a unique opportunity to influence the national postsecondary education agenda by evaluating critical research to elevate the current policy discourse in Washington, D.C.
His selection to the program was based on his emergent body of research and interests, recommendations from senior scholars in the fields of higher education and public policy, as well as input from national philanthropic leaders.
As an Academic Fellow, Dr. Hillman will be asked to evaluate peer-reviewed articles, write brief summaries of exemplar, ground-breaking, and seminal work to be published online, as well as participate in the biennial Research-to-Policy Summit held at the Lumina Foundation headquartered in Indianapolis, IN.
Dr. Yongmei Ni, faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, has been awarded the 2012-2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. The National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early career scholars working in critical areas of education research. This nonresidential postdoctoral fellowship funds proposals that make significant scholarly contributions to the field of education. The program also develops the careers of its recipients through professional development activities involving National Academy of Education members.
Congratulations Dr. Ni!
Amy Bateman, a newly admitted student in our K-12 Teacher Leadership Program, has been awarded the 2012 Canyons School District teacher of the year award. Amy currently teaches at Eastmont Middle School. Congratulations Amy, and welcome to the College of Education! We look forward to getting to know you better over the next two years in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy.
Special Issue and Lead Article by ELP Faculty Focuses on Postracialism in Education During the Age of Obama
Congratulations to Professor Enrique Alemán, Andrea Rorrer, Laurence Parker, and ELP doctoral candidate, Tim Salazar. They are the editors of a special Issue in the Peabody Journal of Education and authors of the lead article, “Introduction to Postracialism in U.S. Public School and Higher Education Settings: The Politics of Education in the Age of Obama.To view the authors' lead article for this special issue,
click here. The full citation for the article is:
Alemán, E., Jr., Salazar, T.,Rorrer, A., & Parker, L. (2011). Introduction to postracialism in U.S. public school and higher education settings: The politics of education in the age of Obama. Peabody Journal of Education, 86(5), 479-487.