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Main Office

Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
School of Education
253 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
MadisonWI  53706-1326

Tel: 608/262-3106
Fax: 608/265-3135

Email: elpa@education.wisc.edu
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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. —Nelson Mandela

Mission Statement

The mission of the department is to create, evaluate, exchange, and apply knowledge about leadership, learning, and organizational performance to prepare scholars and scholar practitioners who cultivate equity and educational opportunity in a diverse and changing world.

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Department Chair

Eric Camburn
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
253 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706

Faculty Publications 

Clifton Conrad
Unsettle, and Enrich, the Public Discourse on Higher Education

Clifton Conrad 
and Marybeth Gasman
Educating a Diverse Nation
Lessons from Minority Serving Institutions

Peter Goff 
Changing principals’ leadership through feedback and coaching.
Journal of Educational Administration52(5), 682-704.
Goff, P., Edward Guthrie, J., Goldring, E., & Bickman, L. (2014). 

Nicholas Hillman 
Public Policy and Higher Education: Strategies for Framing a Research Agenda

Xueli Wang
Pathway to a Baccalaureate in STEM Fields Are Community Colleges a Viable Route and Does Early STEM Momentum Matter?




Kubulay Gok, ELPA Ph.D. Alumnus, recently accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Management and Human Resources in the Department of Business Administration of College of Business at Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota. CONGRATULATIONS!  

ELPA alumnus Mike Gonzalez was named the Junior and Middle (JAM) School Administrator of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of School Councils.  


ELPA alumnus Michael Brophy was named the next president of Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.  

Sean Storch, ELPA Master's alumni and current PhD student, was recently hired as the new principal at Lafollette High School in Madison. Sean's dedication to making a difference in education makes us VERY proud.

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Paul Brost ELPA Alumni and Monona Grove High School Principal was named High School Principal of the Year for the state of Wisconsin on May 14 by the Association of Wisconsin State Administrators.  

ELPA Assistant Professor Xueli Wang received the Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC).


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