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Ph.D in Education Leadership Program
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We wish a warm welcome to all of our future and current students and alumni who are visiting this website. Our Ph.D. Program in Education Leadership has a distinguished faculty whose mission is to prepare committed graduate students to serve as University professors of Education Leadership. The Ph.D. Program in Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University is a full time doctoral program. We hope you find this site helpful.
Dr. Ellie Drago-Severson, Professor of Education and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Education Leadership
NOTE: Our program will begin accepting applications for admission for the Academic Year 2018—2019 in 2017.
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With training and experience in operational systems and organizational dynamics, Tom Haferd turned his attention to teaching and learning more than 25 years ago to apply his skills toward developing more effective education programs. More recently he has focused his attention on school improvement, leadership development, implementation science and systems level change by providing technical assistance and consulting for urban public school districts, institutes of higher education, and state departments of education. In his research, he employs quantitative methodologies to study the organizational psychology of teachers and principals toward understanding the development of trust among school professionals. Read more
Jessica Blum-DeStefano earned her PhD in Education Leadership in May 2014 from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her doctoral studies were inspired by her rewarding work as a teacher and school administrator in alternative education settings—and by the remarkable students who fueled her enthusiasm, excitement, and commitment during the nearly ten years she spent in schools. Jessica’s doctoral dissertation extended and built upon her experiences as a practitioner, and explored how 19 students in two alternative high schools described, understood, and experienced good teachers. Read more.
Jared Boyce is a graduate of the Ph.D. Program in Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research interests include instructional leadership, adult-level conflict in schools, principal preparation programs, and combining organizational theory with education research. While at Teachers College, Jared worked worked with all of the other Education Leadership programs: Summer Principals Academy, Klingenstein Center, and Urban Education Leaders Program. Before coming to Teachers College he worked for Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies as a school administrator for the Stanford Online High School and has seven years of experience with online education. Jared holds a B.S. in Symbolic Systems, M.A. in Philosophy, and M.A. in Education from Stanford University. Read more
Dr. Justin Barbaro is a former PhD student in Education Leadership and Graduate Research Assistant at the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership at Teachers College. His research foci include international school leadership and management, role transition theory, and school choice. His dissertation investigated how international school heads experience the surprise, orientation, and socialization phases when transitioning to new schools. The practical application of this research will help inform how both international school heads and the boards tasked with their hire plan strategically for successful headship transitions. Read more
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Mariela Graham is both a practitioner and student of Education Leadership. After graduating from Duke University, she joined the NYC Teaching Fellows and became a middle school social studies and mathematics teacher in Washington Heights. Since 2007, she has served as the founding principal of the Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice, an all-girls’, grades 6-12 public school in Brooklyn. Read more...
Chelsey Saunders is a PhD student in Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. She works as a Teaching Fellow for School Leadership for Adult Development, led by Professor Drago-Severson in the Summer Principals Academy and as a Graduate Hall Director for Columbia University. She is also the President of the Student Senate, a policy-influencing body for Teachers College with a mission to build community, create civility, and enhance diversity with students, faculty, staff, and administration. Read more...
Phillip Smith is a mid-career, second year doctoral student on the Education Leadership Ph.D. program. His sponsor and advisor is Professor Ellie Drago-Severson. Phillip is also a graduate assistant of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, under the mentorship of Professor Ernest Morrell. Read more...
Kenneth E. Graves is a Ph.D. student in the Education Leadership program at Teachers College, Columbia University, working with Professor Alex J. Bowers.
Christy Joswick- O’Connor is a PhD student in Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her advisor is Dr. Ellie Drago-Severson. Read more...
Hyunjin Choi is a PhD student in Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her advisor is Dr. Ellie Drago-Severson. Her current research explores professional development and learning community of teachers. Read more...
Leadership Institute for School Change
The Leadership Institute for School Change at Teachers College, Columbia University – facilitated by Professor Ellie Drago-Severson (faculty lead and co-facilitator) and Dr. Jessica Blum-DeStefano (co-facilitator) – offers participants a deep dive into the theory and practice of supporting adult development (both others’ and our own) in organizations. Please visit our site to find a session that’s right for you!