A University as the Center of Change: Preparing Educational Activists and Change Leaders

  • Matthew Militello East Carolina University http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6988-1868
  • Lynda Tredway East Carolina University
  • Lihi Rosenthal University of California, Berkeley
  • James Ronald Welch International School Bangkok
Keywords: program design, dissertation in practice, equity, participatory action research, student voice


The East Carolina University International EdD supports school leaders in the United States and across the globe to address local educational equity challenges. To achieve this, we prepare and support school and district leaders to use evidence as practitioner-researchers together with members of their educational community. As a result, the reimagined EdD harnesses the power and utility of participatory action and activist research to address a contextualized, equity-focused dissertation in practice. We explore how two doctoral students have transformed their practices during and after their EdD experience.

Author Biography

Matthew Militello, East Carolina University
Matthew Militello, Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and Founding Director of the ECU International Ed.D.


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How to Cite
Militello, M., Tredway, L., Rosenthal, L., & Welch, J. R. (2021). A University as the Center of Change: Preparing Educational Activists and Change Leaders. Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, 6(1), 22–32. https://doi.org/10.5195/ie.2021.118