Sep 28, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Policy and Leadership

Professor Michael Harris, Department Chair, ad interim

Professors: Leanne Ketterlin Geller, Michael Harris, Akihito Kamata
Associate Professor: Meredith Richards
Assistant Professors: Dominique Baker, Sondra Barringer, Denisa Gandara, Alexandra Pavlakis
Clinical Professors: Watt Lesley Black, Jr., Dawson Orr, Ashley Tull
Clinical Associate Professors: Roxanne Burleson, S. Kiersten Ferguson, Milan Sevak
Research Associate Professor: David Deggs

Department Information

The Department of Education Policy and Leadership cultivates and supports leaders and researchers who seek to improve educational outcomes and the cultures of learning in schools, colleges and educational systems through leadership development, scholarship and service.

Coursework and systematic applications of knowledge are designed to ensure that the education leaders of tomorrow acquire expertise in developing and supporting effective teachers and other education service providers; selecting and implementing effective curricula and instructional programs; and identifying, implementing and sustaining effective organizational practices to ensure high levels of student learning and achievement. In service to this mission, the department offers Ed.D. and M.Ed. programs with a focus on either higher education or pre-K to grade 12 leadership. The department is also dedicated to the preparation and continued education of education policy leaders. The department seeks to improve the quality and rigor of education policy research and education policy development and analysis, and to encourage and facilitate the translation of research into policy and practice at local, state, national and international levels.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The Ph.D. in education is a schoolwide degree. For more information on this degree, students should see the description of the Ph.D. program in this catalog or online at

Contact Information

Department of Education Policy and Leadership
Southern Methodist University
PO Box 750114
Dallas TX 75275-0114
Phone: 214-768-3354
Fax: 214-768-4313




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