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. And Jeanne Gerlach, Carrie Ausbrooks, Jim Hardy, and Adrienne Hyle each have a long history of researching topics linked to higher education settings, programs, and faculty as they support or affect academic and professional success.
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 K-16 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (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 K-16 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is one of only a few in the nation, and the only one in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. The Department is pleased to report that since its first cohort, starting Summer 2007, more than 100 students have enrolled and continued in the program and five students have graduated.