The Tension Between Rigor and Relevance

Redesigning EdD Applied Research Methods Coursework within an R1 Institution



EdD, improvement science, research methods, education leadership, leadership preparation


This essay examines the tension between rigor and relevance in a newly designed EdD program in School System Leadership in a Research 1 institution. After a three-year redesign of this program that prepares students to become superintendents, our faculty continue to wrestle with questions around how to make methodology coursework meaningful, impactful, timely, and useful. This article examines the perspective of one of the EdD faculty leading the redesign of the program and concludes with lingering questions and tensions around best practices.


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How to Cite

Neumerski, C. M. (2023). The Tension Between Rigor and Relevance: Redesigning EdD Applied Research Methods Coursework within an R1 Institution. Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, 8(2), 36–39. Retrieved from



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