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Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations

The mission of the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations (LPO) is to understand and improve the political, economic, organizational, and social contexts in which human learning takes place. The department embraces a range of disciplinary traditions and encourages multiple methodological approaches in the study of education policy and practice.

Overview

The U.S. News Best Graduate Schools rankings for programs placed our Educational Administration and Supervision Program 1st in its category for the 11th straight year. The Education Policy Program ranked 4th, and the Higher Education Administration Program, 8th.

 

 

Degree Programs: Leadership that Works

Want to deepen your knowledge and strengthen your credentials? LPO's professional M.Ed., Ed.D., M.P.P., and online Ed.D. in Leadership and Learning in Organizations programs will prepare you for leadership in any number of organizations—from K–12 schools, colleges, or universities to corporations or policy-making and non-governmental organizations. Considering an academic career in a college or university? As an LPO Ph.D. candidate, you’ll work with faculty mentors recognized as among the best in their disciplines both nationally and internationally.

Here’s a look at the graduate degrees offered in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations:

 

Master's Programs

Higher Education Administration

The Higher Education Administration degree will prepare you for professional roles in academe, state education agencies, or related nonprofits. Through coursework and real-world experience, you will learn about the contemporary higher education system and how to lead from within it.

With training available in three areas – student affairs, enrollment management, and general administration and policy – the Higher Education Administration program is for aspiring professionals in search of education careers that matter.

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Independent School Leadership

This unique 15-month program of advanced study fosters leaders who understand the complex educational, political, social, fiscal, and moral dimensions of independent schools, and who are able to propel their schools to high levels of achievement. 

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International Education Policy and Management

Be a changemaker in the fields of international education and human and economic development. The master’s degree in International Education Policy and Management (IEPM) will equip you with the skills needed to address contemporary public policy issues facing education and informal learning environments around the world.

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Education Policy

The Education Policy master’s degree (M.P.P.) is a nationally ranked program that fosters knowledge of the social, economic, political, and historical contexts for education policy and practice. As a part of the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, the program sits at the crossroads of public policy and education policy, allowing you to dive deep into policy decision-making and the impact of those decisions on today’s educational systems.

 A joint degree (J.D./M.P.P.) is also offered.

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Leadership and Organizational Performance

Explore the contexts in which human and organizational performance intersect. The master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Performance combines contemporary research and practice from relevant fields to prepare you to lead for-profit, non-profit, government, and educational organizations.

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Ph.D.

Leadership and Policy Studies  with concentrations in K–12 Educational Leadership and Policy, and Higher Education Leadership and Policy.

The Ph.D. course of study is theory-oriented and geared to those who will be new academic leaders.

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Ed.D.

K-12 Educational Leadership and Policy and  Higher Education Leadership and Policy

Bridge the divide between theory and practice while working closely with Peabody faculty and aspiring educational leaders from across the country through the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program. The 36-month education doctorate is an innovative, cohort-based program for working professionals that equips graduates with the skills and knowledge to make a positive influence in education leadership, policy, and practice worldwide.

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Online Leadership and Learning in Organizations  

Bridge the divide between theory and practice while working closely with Peabody faculty and aspiring organizational leaders from across the country through the online Ed.D. program in Leadership and Learning in Organizations. Designed for experienced mid-career professionals, Peabody’s online Ed.D. program equips students with the knowledge and practical skills to implement systemic change and lead organizational improvement in a range of professional contexts.

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The Ed.D. and online Ed.D. are application-oriented and geared to those who will be senior managers.

Edu-Scholar Rankings

The 2019 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings , Education Week’s annual listing of the most influential public scholars in education was released today and the Leadership, Policy, and Organizations Department has 7 scholars on the esteemed listing. The Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings are compiled each year by Frederick M. Hess, director of education policy for the American Enterprise Institute, and published by Education Week . The annual ranking draws on nine metrics that tabulate activities that contribute to the shaping of educational practice and policy, including social media presence, book and journal publication and citations, education press mentions, and number of times cited by members of Congress. The list includes the following LPO faculty members:

  • Joseph Murphy #39
  • Gary T. Henry #80
  • Ellen B. Goldring #125
  • Jason A. Grissom #131
  • Carolyn J. Heinrich #140
  • Dale Ballou #176
  • Angela Boatman #200

Faculty and Staff

Administrative Faculty

Mark Cannon
  • Associate Professor, Department of Human and Organizational Development
  • Associate Professor of Education Leadership and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Ellen Goldring
  • Professor; Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair; LPO Chair, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Catherine Gavin Loss
  • Associate Professor of the Practice, Associate Dept. Chair; Coordinator of the Ed.D. Program, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Gary T. Henry
  • Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Public Policy and Education, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Leadership and Policy Studies

Administrative Staff

Karen Cunningham
  • Administrative Officer, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Tammy Eidson
  • Administrative Assistant to the Department Chair, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Rosie Moody
  • Educational Coordinator, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
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Research and Outreach

Tennessee Education Research Alliance (TERA)
The Tennessee Education Research Alliance is a research-policy-practice partnership committed to creating an expanding body of knowledge on a set of interrelated areas of focus that directly impact Tennessee’s school improvement strategies.

Peabody Journal of Education 
The Peabody Journal of Education (PJE), is America's second-oldest publication devoted to educational research, practice, and policy. PJE is committed to providing information and reasoned opinion that will enhance understanding and practice among institutions and individuals throughout the world concerned with human learning and development.

Governor’s Academy for School Leadership (GASL)
The Governor’s Academy for School Leadership is a unique partnership between the Tennessee Governor's Office, Department of Education, Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, and local school districts. It consists of a cohort of 20-25 assistant principals from across Tennessee who participate in a one-year leadership development experience aimed at increasing school leadership capacity and supporting individual growth toward becoming a highly effective building principal. 

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