Q&A with alum Nora Smith

February 7, 2020

Nora Smith earned her Ph.D. from the UW–Madison School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2004. Smith has worked in a variety of administrative and instructional roles in academia; she’s also a dedicated foodie, and has gained a lot of experience over the years working in restaurants and bakeries. She now serves as assistant director for Residential Education at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman, Montana. Following is a Q&A with Smith.

UW-Madison’s Hora and students collaborate on paper that reframes student employability

February 6, 2020

UW-Madison’s Matt Hora collaborated with students Rena Yehuda Newman, Robert Hemp, Jasmine Brandon, and Yi-Jung Wu to write and publish a paper titled “Reframing student employability: From commodifying the self to supporting the student, worker, and societal well-being.” The paper centers on two questions: How can colleges and universities cultivate employability in their students? How can institutions measure and prove their students’ employability to policymakers and taxpayers?

Education Dive names alum Contreras an ‘administrator to watch’ in 2020

January 30, 2020

UW-Madison alumna Sharon Contreras was named one of five "administrators to watch" in 2020 by Education Dive. Contreras received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2015. She has served as the superintendent of the Guilford County Schools since 2016. Contreras is the first woman and the first Latina to lead Guilford, North Carolina’s third largest district.

UW-Madison alum Alexander named next president of Oregon State University

December 23, 2019

UW–Madison alumnus F. King Alexander was recently named the new president of Oregon State University. Alexander earned his Ph.D. from the UW-Madison School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1996. Alexander was previously serving as the president and chancellor of Louisiana State University.

State Journal speaks with UW-Madison’s Goff about grading floors

December 4, 2019

The Wisconsin State Journal interviewed UW-Madison’s Peter Goff for a report examining the trial implementation of grading floors in Madison schools. Goff is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

UW-Madison’s Mead named vice president of Education Law Association

December 2, 2019

UW-Madison’s Julie Mead was named the vice president of the Education Law Association (ELA) at the organization’s annual conference on Nov. 13-16 in Norfolk, Virginia. Mead is the School of Education’s associate dean for education, and a professor with the School’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. After her term as vice president, Mead will serve as the president elect and then president of the organization.

Thoughts from UW-Madison’s Bruecker on FAFSA featured on WPR, EdSource

November 22, 2019

Thoughts on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form from UW-Madison’s Ellie Bruecker were featured on Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) and in an EdSource.com report. Bruecker, a doctoral student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, researches student loan borrowing and repayment, FAFSA filing, and the impact of high schools on college access. Bruecker is also a project assistant with UW-Madison’s Student Success Through Applied Research (SSTAR) Lab.