SMACKtivism: A Program Redesign so Good, You Won’t Know What Hit You

  • Tiffany Karalis Noel University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • Julie Gorlewski University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • Erin Kearney University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Keywords: program redesign, problems of practice, systematic approaches, justice-oriented, activism


This essay describes the context, mission, guiding principles, signature pedagogies, curriculum, and anticipated benefits and limitations of our newly designed EdD in Learning and Teaching in Social Contexts. As we prepare to launch our new program (pending approval), our key development efforts are focused on implementing leading-edge coursework centering on problems of practice through a blend of online interactions and applied, real-world experiences. Our primary objective is to equip scholar-practitioners with the expertise to initiate and sustain systematic approaches to transformative and justice-oriented improvement within their local educational communities, both during and following their time in the program.


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How to Cite
Karalis Noel, T., Gorlewski, J., & Kearney, E. (2020). SMACKtivism: A Program Redesign so Good, You Won’t Know What Hit You. Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, 5(2), 3–10.