From the higher education arena, Barbara Tobolowsky has built her career around research on student transitions and success from high school through college. Maria Adamuti-Trache has expertise in the sociology of education and higher education, with a particular interest in life course research, which explores the impact of gender, age, social class, immigrant status, ethnicity, and disability on education and work trajectories. Dan Saunders explores student influences including the impact of free-market logic and social origins. From the community college arena, Leaf Zhang is interested in better understanding how access to higher education affects student choice, mobility, and success across community college contexts and international venues. Taryn Ozuna Allen's research intrests focus on the educational experiences of traditionally under-represented student populations.
The department has strong faculty with K-12 backgrounds, as well. Casey Brown served as a superintendent, principal, dean of instruction, and teacher before beginning her academic career. Bradley Davis, who is a mixed methods researcher, focuses his research on issues of social justice. Prior to his academic career, Lewis Wasserman was assistant superintendent in New York City and practiced law for 23 years, focusing on special education disputes.
Clinical faculty include Ernest Johnson (Assistant Chair of ELPS) and Diane Patrick. Other faculty in the department include Dean Jeanne Gerlach and Carrie Ausbrooks, Associate Dean for Assessment in the College of Education.
As an outgrowth of UT Arlington’s K-16 initiatives, the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 2007 began offering a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (approved July 21, 2006, “Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in Educational Leadership”). Prior to this, educational leadership doctoral students could earn a Ph.D. in Public and Urban Administration through a joint program housed in the School of Urban and Public Affairs. The Ph.D. in Educational Leadership is one of only a few in the nation, and the only one in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.