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Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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Welcome from the Department Head

Welcome to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. We are proud of our more than 60-year history of preparing educational administrators, policy scholars and faculty. We offer graduate programs in Educational Administration (PK-12), including a principal licensing certificate, MS, EdS and PhD programs; and in Higher Education Administration, an MS degree in College Student personnel and a PhD in Higher Education Administration.

To learn more about each program, click on the appropriate links to them in the menu. You will also find the name and contact information for the Coordinators of these various programs for further information. In addition to the programs the department houses two centers, The Center for Educational Leadership and the College Access and Persistence Outreach Center (CAPP). As with our programs, you can learn more about these centers by clicking on the identified link tot he center in the menu.

Norma Mertz, Ed.D.
Interim Department Head

Our Vision and Mission

The department seeks to prepare effective educational leaders, scholars and faculty involved in state, regional, and national study of major issues related to schools and post-secondary institutions, leaders actively involved in policy dialogue affect the purpose and performance of schools and colleges, and active researchers and practitioners who lead those schools and colleges. The departmental programs are designed to enrich the knowledge, skills and values of those who enroll in the programs, consonant with our vision of educational leaders as stewards and servants of their organizations; designers of the social and cultural climate in which they work; teachers who facilitate and encourage human growth and development, change agents who continually examine the purpose and performance of their organization, and conceptual provocateurs who challenge ideas and assumptions on which policy and practice are built.

Our Values

In our practice and program, we seek to honor the core values which we see as consistent with effective leadership:

Civility - Affirming the power of human dignity and diversity

Candor - Respecting the power of public forum and the role of dissent and debate

Courage - Acting on conviction and linking belief to action

Responsibility - Accepting care for one’s actions and decisions

Compassion - Caring for person and principle and hold high expectations

Community - Respecting diversity while developing and agenda of common caring

Persistence - Accenting long range goals and staying the course in face of hardship

Service - Placing the welfare and promise of others before self

Excellence - Calling individuals and organizations to high standards of performance

Justice - Ensuring equity in opportunity and recognition


Updated 09/30/2011




Department Head:

Dr. Norma Mertz
Interim Department Head
325 Bailey Education Complex

Constance Honorable
Administrative Supervisor
325 Bailey Education Complex

1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3430
Phone: 865-974-2214
FAX: 865-974-6146

For Program Information:

College Student Personnel and Higher Education Administration
Contact: Vikki Fussell
317 Bailey Education Complex
Phone: 865-974-2216

Education Administration and Supervision
Contact: Janie Young
321 Bailey Education Complex
Phone: 865-974-6139

Center for Educational Leadership
Contact: Wade McGarity
302 Bailey Education Complex
Phone: 865-974-4555