Ed.D. faculty represent a wide range of scholars, practitioners, and educational leaders within their respective fields. In addition to providing hands-on, student-centered instruction, Ed.D. faculty model interdisciplinary collaboration to address pressing social issues and barriers within their field. Faculty include UW Tacoma professors, regional leaders in health care, higher education, and K-12 education, as well as national experts in related fields.
Ed.D. Faculty Council
The Ed.D. Program’s academic and curricular framing is coordinated and approved by a faculty council. This council represents UWT’s Education and Nursing Programs, and representatives include:
- Dr. Ginger MacDonald, Ph.D., Chair
- Dr. Gregory Benner, Ph.D., Representative, Education
- Dr. Laura Feuerborn, Ph.D., Representative, Education
- Dr. Patsy Maloney, Ed.D., Representative, Nursing
- Dr. David Reyes, DNP, Representative, Nursing
Director and Professor, Dr. Ginger MacDonald, Ph.D.
Dr. Ginger MacDonald is the Director of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington Tacoma. Her Ph.D. is in Educational Psychology/Counseling from the University of Washington. Her teaching, writing, and research are centered upon lifespan developmental issues in psychology, education, and psychotherapy.
Dr. MacDonald's co-authored book (with Dr. Lawrence Brammer), The Helping Relationship: Process and Skills, is in the eighth edition. She has published a wide range of articles from a national study of school counseling models using a developmental perspective, to how first generation college students' perceptions of college readiness. Her current line of scholarly inquiry includes the process of identity formation for institutions of higher education, particularly branch campuses.
Professor, Dr. Christopher B. Knaus, Ph.D.
Dr. Christopher B. Knaus, the founding director of the Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership Program, currently serves as Professor of Education at the University of Washington Tacoma. As a race scholar, critical race theory practitioner, educator, and community advocate, Dr. Knaus conducts research and hands-on projects that examine the local and global impact of school systems and related policies on communities of color.
Dr. Knaus additionally works to foster urban educational leadership pathways, including developing teacher of color preparation and support programs in partnership with community-based organizations. At the core of community and systems transformation, Dr. Knaus centers critically conscious urban youth voice as a way to help educators create inclusive, challenging classrooms and schools that arm children to transform the immediate world they live into a world where addressing social inequalities becomes the purpose of education. Dr. Knaus served as a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, where he maintains active research studies examining post-apartheid educational policy and practice. In addition to numerous articles and books about racism in education, Dr. Knaus has taught classes in high schools in Seattle, Oakland and Berkeley, CA..
Ed.D. Advisor, Ashley Walker, M.Ed.
Ashley joined the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program (within the School of Education) as the Graduate Advisor in October 2014. Some of her Advisor/Administrative duties include the development of admission criteria, advising, recruitment, support for the Ed.D. director and faculty, and is an advocate for her Ed.D. students. She also works to develop, maintain, and positively progress the Ed.D. department. Ashley has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (2010) and a Master of Education (2014), which both were earned from the University of Washington Tacoma. She also worked as the Administrative Coordinator in the Office of Advancement, where she began as the Program Assistant, over 6 years ago. Ashley has always wanted to work with students in higher education, and now she hopes to help her students dreams come true with her, somewhat, new hat of academia within the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program.
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