Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Directory

Dr. Pam Winn

Interim Department Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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Email: mary.winn@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-5166

Office: 109B Trimble Hall

Dr. Katharine E. Adams

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Dr. Carrie Ausbrooks

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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

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Email: causbrooks@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-5475

Office: 109C Trimble Hall

Dr. Stephen A. Berg

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Associate Director, Apartment and Residence Life

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Email: sberg@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2926

Office: 600 Spaniolo Dr., Suite 100

Dr. Casey Brown

Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Research Interests: Crisis leadership, certification policy

Email: cgbrown@uta.edu

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. Throy Campbell

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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Dr. Maria Yareli Delgado

Visiting Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Research Interests: Hispanic Serving Institutions, Community Colleges, and Latinx First-Gen Experience.

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Dr. Mari Duncan

Director, Apartment and Residence Life

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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Cristine Hamad

Administrative Assistant I

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Dr. Joel Leader

Visiting Assistant Principal and Co-Coordinator of Accelerated Online M.Ed. & Principal Certification Programs

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Email: joel.leader@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2127

Office: 103 A Trimble Hall

Dr. Michelle Leverette

Visiting Assistant Professor & Co-Coordinator, Accelerated Online M.Ed. and Principal Certification Programs

Research Interests: Mentoring in K-12, Gifted and Talented programming, designing effective learning environments, social emotional learning, school culture

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Email: michelle.leverette@uta.edu

Office: 103H Trimble Hall

Bio: Dr. Leverette is co-coordinating and teaching as part of UTA’s Principal Certification Online and M.Ed. Accelerated Online programs. In her 24 years as a K-12 educator, she has served as a teacher in elementary and secondary levels, designed science curriculum, pioneered robotics and STEM programming, designed and coordinated district Academic UIL programming, designed online Gifted and Talented programming and supported underserved student populations. She was recently recognized as Arlington ISD’s Teacher of the Year for her commitment to serving students, educators, and stakeholders. Outside of education, she leads and serves non-profit organizations benefitting DFW communities.

Dr. Chane Rascoe

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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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.

Dr. Catherine Robert

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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

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Email: catherine.robert@uta.edu

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, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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

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Email: ericka.roland@uta.edu

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 the process of social justice/criticality development in postsecondary education institutions. Dr. Roland has three interconnected lines of inquiry: (1) Program development and practices, (2) Leadership development, and (3) Personal and collective development around equity and social justice. She centers the pursuit of equity in all of her projects with a commitment to research and practice that cultivates transformative possibilities. Dr. Roland uses critical & Black feminist theoretical and qualitative methodologies approaches in her research inquiries. Prior to entering academia, she worked as a student affairs professional in residential life and Greek life.

Dr. Barbara Tobolowsky

Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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

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Email: tobolow@uta.edu

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

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Email: mtrache@uta.edu

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. Yi (Leaf) Zhang

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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

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Email: lyzhang@uta.edu

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).