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About ELPS

Welcome to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

For over 60 years, ELPS has prepared K-12 and higher education administrators, policy scholars and analysts, and faculty members to become innovative and courageous leaders through rigorous research that influences both policy and practice. Our department offers graduate programs in College Student Personnel, Educational Administration (PreK-12) and Higher Education Administration. As the University’s premiere department for leadership education, we also help cultivate young leaders through our Undergraduate Leadership Studies program and offer a number of Distance Education programs that allow the flexibility needed to accommodate students across time and geographical boundaries.

In addition to graduate programs, the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies hosts three centers including the Center for Educational Leadership (CEL), the Postsecondary Education Research Center (PERC), and the College Access and Persistence Services (CAPS) Outreach Center.

The faculty and other professionals within our department view leaders as stewards and servants of 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 organizations; and conceptual provocateurs who challenge ideas and assumptions on which policy and practice are built.

We appreciate your interest in ELPS and look forward to engaging with you.

J. Patrick Biddix, PhD
Interim Department Head


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