Faculty & Staff
The Master of Education in Education Policy (MEP) degree program features teaching by top UW scholars and researchers.
Bob Butts has served in a variety of policy and administrative positions in Olympia during the past 25 years. He was the senior policy analyst for the House Education Committee in the Washington State Legislature, the executive director of the Academic Achievement and Accountability Commission, and the assistant superintendent of policy and partnerships and assistant superintendent of early learning for the state superintendent of public instruction. In these roles, he wrote legislation, served as the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) legislative liaison, implemented scores of newly funded education programs and worked with school districts to expand their early learning opportunities. Currently, Butts consults with several education and social service nonprofit organizations and serves on the board of directors of the Thurston County Dispute Resolution Center. He has a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington.
Tom Halverson is a senior lecturer at the UW College of Education and director of the Master of Education in Education Policy program. He is also a senior researcher at the Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy at the UW. His teaching and research focuses on three central areas: education policy and the politics of policymaking, international and comparative education, and organizational or leadership studies. Halverson also serves on the advisory board of the Pipeline Project, a K-12 outreach program that places UW undergraduate students as tutors and mentors with local and regional schools and community organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington.
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Meredith Honig is an associate professor of education policy, organizations and leadership at the UW College of Education and an adjunct associate professor at the UW Evans School of Public Affairs. Her teaching and research focuses on policy, leadership and making positive organizational changes within urban educational systems. She has a particular interest in how policymaking bureaucracies, such as school district central offices, can use innovation and collaboration to improve opportunities for all students to learn. Honig is also founder and director of the District Leadership Design Lab at the UW. She holds a Ph.D. in educational administration and policy analysis from Stanford University.
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Jordan Posamentier is the director of policy and advocacy at Committee for Children, the world’s largest provider of research-based educational programs designed to advance social-emotional competencies and prevent bullying and sexual abuse. Posamentier also serves in Position 1 as a director of the board of the Puget Sound Educational Service District. Before joining Committee for Children, he was deputy policy director at the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), director of legislative analysis at StudentsFirst, legislative counsel to the California Judges Association, a civil litigator in a boutique health law firm in Oakland, California, and a New York City public school teacher. He earned his J.D. from the University of Houston.
Jessica Rigby is an assistant professor of education policy, organizations and leadership at the UW College of Education. She uses lenses from organizational sociology to understand the role of school and district leaders in the implementation of policy, classroom instruction, improving teacher practice, focus on equity, and influence on and of informal social networks. She has worked in schools as a teacher (middle and high school English and history), leader and researcher. She holds a Ph.D. in education with a focus on policy, organizations, measurement and evaluation from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Marguerite Roza is the director of the Edunomics Lab and a research professor at Georgetown University. Roza’s research focuses on quantitative policy analysis, particularly in the area of education finance. Recent research traces the effects of fiscal policies at the federal, state and district levels for their implications on resources at school and classroom levels. Her calculations of dollar implications and cost equivalent tradeoffs have prompted changes in education finance policy at all levels in the education system. She has led projects including the Finance and Productivity Initiative at the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) and the Schools in Crisis Rapid Response Paper Series. More recently she served as senior economic adviser to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Roza is author of the highly regarded education finance book, Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go? She earned a Ph.D. in education from the University of Washington.
Min Sun is an assistant professor of education policy, organizations and leadership at the UW College of Education. Her research focuses on strategies for developing a high-quality teacher workforce that benefits all students. She specializes in using quantitative methods to understand the impact of federal, state and district policies on preparing, recruiting, distributing, evaluating and incentivizing teachers and principals to improve teaching and learning outcomes. Her interests also include school accountability and the improvement of lowest performing schools. Sun holds a Ph.D. in educational policy and in measurement and quantitative methods from Michigan State University.
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Alan Moore is the assistant director of the Master of Education in Education Policy program. He has a background in K-12 teaching, youth development and public policy analysis. He taught in the District of Columbia Public Schools and has managed counselors at the Golden State YMCA in Visalia, California. Moore has also contributed to various Washington education policy initiatives, including early development work surrounding the King County Best Starts for Kids levy, and has conducted policy research for the special needs coalition Seneca Family of Agencies. He earned his master’s in education policy from the University of Washington.