Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


Dr. Amy Anderson

Clinical Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Central office-principal relations, early principalship, rural vs. urban mentoring, academic and athletic success



Phone #: 817-272-2846

Office: 103A Trimble Hall

Bio: Dr. Anderson brings with her rich set of experiences as a respected practitioner in the EC-12 world, including most recently serving as Chief Academic Officer for Secondary Schools in a high performing district in the DFW area. She has served as a principal for over ten years and served seven years at central office where her primary responsibility was supervising campus principals K-12. She has worked in large urban districts and small fast-growth districts around DFW. As an Assistant Superintendent Dr Anderson was known for her ability to navigate the change process and provide authentic engagement with stakeholders in the organizations where she served. She provided training, support, evaluation, and hiring of both assistant principals and principals alike for many years. Preparation, coaching and support for campus and district leaders is her passion.  She is a graduate of Howard Payne University. Her graduate work was completed at Texas A&M Commerce, and she received her Superintendent's certification right here at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Dr. Carrie Ausbrooks

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Research Interests: Education law, organizational systems, school choice, organizational theory and behavior, education reform



Phone #: 817-272-5475

Office: 109C Trimble Hall

Dr. Jennifer Bailey

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Research Interests: School improvement, organizational change, leadership



Phone #: 817-272-3037

Office: 103-J Trimble Hall

Bio: Dr. Bailey is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department where she teaches in the AO Principal Preparation Program and the Ph.D. Program. A former EC-12 administrator, Dr. Bailey served as an elementary principal at two turnaround campuses, a coordinator for a SB1882 charter network, and a director for Bilingual/ESL, RtI and Section 504. While leading in the public schools, Dr. Bailey also served as an adjunct professor in the principal preparation program at SFASU and presented extensively at the state and national level on topics in leadership and English Learner instruction. Her dissertation, “Tener Éxito: Stories of Self-efficacy from Undocumented Latinos in the Pursuit of Higher Education,” was recognized as Dissertation of the Year from TCPEA in 2014. Dr. Bailey’s experiences as a school administrator fuels her research passion for improving equity and access for all learners. As a qualitative researcher, she focuses on organizational and instructional practices for diverse student populations, social and emotional learning (SEL), restorative discipline, the principalship, and narrative inquiry.

Dr. Casey Brown

Associate Dean for Academic Programs, College of Education

Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Research Interests: Crisis leadership, certification policy


Phone #: 817-272-0464

Office: 507 Hammond Hall

Dr. Elsa Camargo

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Research Interests: Diversity and inclusion, organizational culture, and faculty

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Dr. Frederick Engram

Assistant Professor of Instruction, Criminology/Criminal Justice and

The Center for African American Studies (Joint Appointment)

Research Interests: Race, Racism in higher education and criminal justice



Phone #: 817-272-9646

Office: Swift Center Suite 129

Bio: Dr Frederick V. Engram Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Instruction at the University of Texas at Arlington in the Department of Criminology/Criminal Justice and the Center for African American Studies. His current research and teaching focuses on the role that race, and racism play in the systems of higher education and criminal justice. He focuses more broadly on the way that racism, white supremacy, white manning, and white privilege display themselves in power structures and how they oppress African Americans. His work considers how African Americans make sense of their experiences with racism in education and society at large. He has previously published his work in media outlets such as "Blavity" and "Diverse Issues in Higher Education."

Dr. Marilee Bresciani Ludvik

Department Chair

Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Research Interests: Translational neuroscience, equity assessment

Dr. Marilee Ludvik


Phone #: (817) 272-2841

Office: 109B Trimble Hall

Bio: Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, Ph.D. serves as chair and professor of the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department at the University of Texas Arlington. Marilee has written 12 books, published over 200 scholarly articles, and empowered over 200 institutions and their leaders on organizational learning assessment and accountability decision-making processes. Marilee’s research focuses on using translational neuroscience and mindful compassion practices to inform the design and evaluation of workshops, curriculum, and coaching practices to decrease students’, faculty, and administrators’ stress and anxiety while also increasing their attention and emotion regulation, cognitive flexibility, and enhancing compassion towards self and other, inquiry, creativity, overall well-being, and career readiness. Marilee is thrilled that she gets to empower educators, staff, administrators, and student leaders to get in touch with their passions so they can positively transform their lives and the lives of those they serve!

Dr. Amanda Olsen

Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences

Research Interests: Equity, school climate, and quantitative methods



Phone #: 817-272-5641

Office: 413 Hammond Hall

Bio: Amanda Olsen, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Measurement and Statistics who is joint appointed to the department of Curriculum and Instruction and Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. She received her Ph.D. in Statistics, Measurement, and Evaluation in Education from the University of Missouri - Columbia and was also a postdoctoral research associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Further, she has received rigorous training in educational methodologies from entities such as the Institute of Education Sciences, the Association for Institutional Research, and the National Center for Education Statistics. As an applied quantitative methodologist, she engages in a variety of areas including multilevel modeling, multivariate statistics, program evaluation, research design, and complex survey design and analysis, in addition to substantive topics including equity, student-teacher relationships, and policy.

Dr. Diane Patrick

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies



Phone #: 817-272-0988

Office: 104A Trimble Hall

Bio: Dr. Diane Patrick brings a long history of public service and dedication to education to her teaching and research in the College of Education. Issues of education policy, including school finance and governance from PK-16, are particular interests of hers. Dr. Patrick is an experienced public educator, having taught and served in administration roles in Waco, Richardson, and Birdville ISDs. Dr. Patrick has been very politically active in the Arlington community, having served 26+ years in various positions of elected public service, including service on the Arlington ISD Board of Trustees, Texas State Board of Education, and the Texas House of Representatives. In January 2015, Dr. Patrick retired from the Legislature, a position she held for eight years. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and serves as the Superintendent Program Director, as well as teaching in the M.Ed. and Principal Certification Programs. In 2015 Dr Patrick was honored by the Arlington ISD when they named a new school “Diane Patrick Elementary.” She currently serves as a Board Member and Secretary of the Tarrant County College District, a position she has held since 2016.

Dr. Catherine Robert

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Research Interests: Employee misconduct, turnover, leader development, policy implementation/analysis, education law



Phone #: 817-272-0463

Office: 103G Trimble Hall

Bio: Dr. Catherine Robert is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department and Co-Director of the Center for Educational Research, Policy, and Practice. She received her B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Houston, her M.Ed. from Schreiner University, and her Ed.D. from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She specializes in human resource topics including employee misconduct, employee turnover, and policy implementation. Prior to completing doctoral work, Dr. Robert served as a teacher, analyst, and administrator at campus, district, and regional levels, most recently as executive director of human resources in a school district. 

Dr. Ericka Roland

Assistant Professor, Leadership Development

Research Interests: Leadership development, critical pedagogies, equity in higher education



Phone #: 817-272-2804

Office: 103E Trimble Hall

Bio: Dr. Ericka Roland  is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at The University of Texas at Arlington. Her research examines critical leadership development in postsecondary educational settings through two interconnected lines of inquiry: 1) The dynamics of dialogical relationships; and 2) The lived leadership experiences of historically minoritized persons. In the study of critical leadership development, she centers questions through the problems and possibilities for leading to enact equity and justice. Prior to entering academia, she worked as a student affairs professional in residential life and Greek life. 

Dr. Barbara Tobolowsky

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Research interests: Dual credit, transfer, media representations of college, sophomores and first-generation students



Phone #: 817-272-7269

Office: 104B Trimble Hall

Bio: Dr. Barbara Tobolowsky  is an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department and the ELPS PhD program director. After earning her PhD in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA in 2001, she served as the associate director of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Since joining the UT Arlington faculty in 2009, her research has focused on students’ college transitions (e.g., transfer, dual credit, and first-year college students) and popular media representations of higher education. Most recently, she co-wrote articles about the college experiences of foster alumni, “Former foster youth experiences with higher education: Opportunities and Challenges” (2019) and the college choice process for transfer students, “Stops, starts, and detours: Transfer students’ college choice process,” and co-edited a book, Anti-Intellectual Representations of American Colleges and Universities: Fictional Higher Education (Palgrave MacMillan) (2017)  as well as On the Fast Track: Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges of Dual Credit (2016).  In addition, she has been published in The Journal of Higher Education and College Student Affairs Journal among others. 

Dr. Maria Trache

Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Research Interests: Higher ed, K-16 pathways, life course res, STEM ed, internationalization, labor market, social equity



Phone #: 817-272-2109

Office: 103F Trimble Hall

Bio: Dr. Maria Trache is a professor in the College of Education, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies since August 2011, following 14 years as Statistical Consultant and Research Manager at the University of British Columbia and over 15 years as a faculty at the University of Bucharest. She brings over 30 years of combined teaching and research experience from both science and social sciences to UTA. As an educational researcher, Dr. Trache focuses on equity issues in higher education and the labor market by examining the effects of structural differences at the intersection of gender, race, social class, immigrant status, disability. Her research is informed by theoretical frameworks from sociology, economics of education, and life course research. She has expertise in advanced quantitative methods, survey methods and analysis of large-scale survey data. Dr. Trache is author/co-author of about 45 publications in peer-reviewed journals, edited books, working paper series. She currently serves as a member on the Sociology/Demography Insight Grants Selection Committee for the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Dr. Cynthia Woody

Clinical Assistant Professor, Administrator Education

Research Interests: New principal support, online learning



Phone #: 817-272-1382

Office: 103H Trimble Hall

Bio: Dr. Woody is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at The University of Texas at Arlington. Her research interests include new principal support, effective online learning, leadership preparation, school leadership policy, school safety, the role of educational technology in schools, stakeholder involvement in the continuous improvement process, the principal as an instructional leader, and the connection between school performance and school facility design. Prior to joining UT Arlington, Dr. Woody served as an elementary, middle school, and high school teacher; principal of Title 1 elementary and middle schools; and a central office leader at multiple Texas school districts. She is a prolific contributor to the field of public education and has been presenting at local, regional, state, national, and international conferences for three decades.

Dr. Yi (Leaf) Zhang

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Research Interests: College access, student transition & success, STEM education



Phone #: 817-272-9221

Office: 103D Trimble Hall

Bio: Dr. Yi Leaf Zhang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. Zhang has developed a strong interest in studying college access and success, especially in the community college context. Her research focuses on community colleges as a gateway to STEM education, transfer students’ educational pathways, and international education in four-year and two-year institutions. Zhang is currently an editorial board member of the Community College Journal of Research and Practice (CCJRP) and an associate editor of the Journal of International Students (JIS).

Cristine Hamad

Administrative Assistant I


Dr. Katharine E. Adams

Adjunct Professor


Dr. Stephen A. Berg

Adjunct Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Associate Director, Apartment and Residence Life



Phone #: 817-272-2926

Office: 600 Spaniolo Dr., Suite 100

Dr. Steven Bourgeois

Adjunct Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


Bio: Dr. Steven Bourgeois is an adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. In addition to teaching qualitative research courses at UT Arlington, he serves as adjunct professor and research fellow at the University of Dallas. After teaching high school German for 25 years, he served for six years as Executive Director of Research, Evaluation, and Instruction at Responsive Education Solutions, one of the largest charter school organizations in Texas. He completed a B.A. in Music, a B.A. in German, and an M.A. in German Literature, all from the University of Oregon. In 2012, he completed a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UT Arlington. Dr. Bourgeois has a record of publications in peer-reviewed educational journals and presentations at state, regional, national, and international conferences in the areas of student motivation, collective teacher efficacy, and school leadership. He has recent publications in the Journal of Educational Administration and Research in Middle Level Education Online. Currently, he is the lead investigator in a national study on character / virtue education in collaboration with the University of Dallas and the Jubilee Center at the University of Birmingham (UK).

Dr. Throy Campbell

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


Dr. Maria Yareli Delgado

Adjunct Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


Dr. Mari Duncan

Director, Apartment and Residence Life

Adjunct Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


Veronica Guzman, M.ED.

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


Bio: Veronica Guzmna, M.ED., is a proud UTA alumni who received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and Masters of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas Arlington. She currently serves as the Associate Director in the Follett Student Leadership Center, providing experiential leadership development programs, and as an adjunct professor teaching EDAD 2330, Advanced Theories of Leadership. Veronica enjoys expanding people’s views of effective leadership strategies and using leadership development as a tool to empower students toward continual growth and success.

Dr. Chane Rascoe

Adjunct Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


Bio: Dr. Chane Rascoe has served the interest of public schools spanning two decades in various positions in both large and small school systems. His administrative career is broad and extensive which includes 15 years as an Administrator in five districts, two states, and one higher education institution. Since 2016, Dr. Rascoe has been the Superintendent of Lampasas ISD; from 2011 to 2016, he was Superintendent of Moody ISD. He is a graduate of Northwestern State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Lamar University.

Jennifer Saperstein

Assistant Director | Apartment and Residence Life

Research Assistant, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


Hanan Almasri

Graduate Research Assistant

Fallon Frank

Graduate Research Assistant

Tatiana Kurochkina

Graduate Research Assistant


Courtney Matthews

Dean's Doctoral Assistant


Bio: Courtney Matthews is a New Orleans native pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at The University of Texas at Arlington. Matthews is a 2012 Gates Millennium Scholar and completed a B.A. in communications at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and master’s degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on the experiences of Black female college presidents. Matthews seeks a career in higher education administration, with the goal of returning to New Orleans to open her own non-profit organization for young girls.