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Andrea Rorrer

Professor & Director of the Utah Education Policy Center | K12


Andrea Rorrer is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and director of the Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah. Andrea received her master's degree at the University of Virginia and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin. She has over 32 years of professional experience in education, including roles as a policy analyst and a research associate in Texas, and a school administrator and a classroom teacher in Virginia.


Areas of Expertise

Administration / Leadership / Policy


  • In addition to policy and research reports, her scholarship on leadership preparation and practice, system change, school improvement, and educational policy has been published in the Journal of Educational Administration, Educational Administration Quarterly (EAQ), Theory into Practice, Educational Policy, the Journal of Educational Policy, Journal of Special Education Leadership, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, Peabody Journal of Education, Journal of Research on Educational Leadership and Economics of Education Review, and the UCEA Review, another other publications (e.g. 2006 Politics of Education Yearbook) and book chapters.


Andrea's expertise is school, district, and state leadership, policy, and educational change, particularly those changes aimed at increasing equity in student access and outcomes. Her work emphasizes systems approaches to build capacity and conditions for equity and excellence. She conducts research with and provides technical assistance and support to local schools and school districts, the state board of education, the legislature, and community-based organizations.