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Faculty & Staff

The Master of Education in Education Policy (MEP) degree program features top UW scholars and researchers.

Faculty

Tom Halverson, Director

Tom Halverson

Thomas Halverson’s research and teachings focus on three central areas: education policy and the politics of policymaking, international and comparative education, and organizational and leadership studies. Within the area of policy and policymaking, he focuses predominantly on the pre-implementation phases of the process of making policy within state, national and international contexts. In the area of international and comparative education, his work is centered on the methodological challenges of exploring systems, policies and practices outside the United States. As a senior researcher with the Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy, Halverson was a co-principal investigator on a national leadership study funded by the Wallace Foundation, focusing on the roles, responsibilities and authority of school leaders and their impact on improving student learning and increasing equitable educational opportunities for all students.

Profile | thalvers@uw.edu


Meredith Honig

Meredith HonigMeredith Honig is a professor of education policy, organizations and leadership, adjunct professor of public affairs and director of the District Leadership Design Lab (DL2) at the University of Washington. Her research and partnerships focus on the redesign of school district central offices to ensure that all students experience an excellent and equitable education, especially Black and Latinx students, students living in low-income circumstances and students in historically underserved public school systems. Her work recognizes that barriers to educational equity are systemic, that school district central office leaders are in strategic positions to ensure educational equity and that those leaders would benefit from new knowledge and support for their leadership. 

Honig has studied and supported district leadership through various reform strategies including school-community partnerships, small autonomous school initiatives, data-informed decision-making and districtwide teaching and learning improvement efforts. Her work has been funded by sources including The Spencer Foundation and the William T. Grant Foundation, and her research has been published in journals such as the Educational Researcher, American Educational Research Journal, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. 

Profile | mihonig@uw.edu


David Knight

David KnightDavid Knight is an assistant professor of education finance and policy at the University of Washington College of Education. His research focuses on the economics of education and school finance. He studies educational systems through the lens of economic theory and methodologies. His work emphasizes distributive justice; racial, ethnic and socioeconomic finance equity; systematic racial segregation into under-resourced school districts; and policies aimed at reducing inequality and addressing longstanding racial and income-based disparities in educational opportunity.

Profiledsknight@uw.edu


Dana Nickson

Dana NicksonDana Nickson is an assistant professor of education equity and justice in leadership, policy and politics. Her research focuses on the relationships between Black families’ physical movement and place-making practices, to their access to schools and communities that they deem to be of quality. Nickson centers Black families and students’ experiences and epistemologies to produce equity-oriented understandings of sociocultural and structural factors shaping educational access and opportunity in demographically changing United States metropolitan regions. 

Profile | dnickson@uw.edu


Min Sun

Min SunMin Sun is an associate professor in education policy. She specializes in educator labor markets and effectiveness; school accountability and improvements; economics of education and school finance policies. In addition to using conventional, large-scale administrative data on schools, teachers and students, Sun uses big data analytics (such as machine learning strategies and social network analysis) to analyze novel data (e.g., texts, social relationships and team professional relationships) in educational policy research. Her work has been funded by organizations such as the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Spencer Foundation, and has been published in premier research journals in educational policy, economics and public policy. Sun is also the director of Education Policy Analytics Lab (EPAL), which uses interdisciplinary perspectives and research methods to provide cutting-edge educational policy research to address educational, economic and social inequalities. 

Profile | misun@uw.edu

 

Adjunct Faculty & Community Partners

Bob Butts

butts-(1).jpgBob 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.


Jordan Posamentier

posamentier.jpgJordan 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.


Marguerite Roza

Marguerite Roza

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 & 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.

 

Staff

Alan Moore, Associate Director

Alan MooreAlan Moore is the associate 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.

vamoore@uw.edu


Krista Fincke

Krista FinckeKrista Fincke is a Master's in Education Policy Program (MEP) graduate and currently serves as the dean of curriculum and instruction at a network charter school in Boston. She is a teaching associate for the year-long, culminating degree project where students choose an educational policy issue of interest and research and analyze potential policy solutions, utilizing the skills they learn in their coursework throughout their program. Before MEP, Fincke worked as a middle school science teacher in the Boston area and advocated for various policies through campaigns and Teach Plus. In her spare time, you may find Fincke running virtual workouts or hiking the best trails in New England.


Malcom King

Malcom KingMalcom King will aid MEP in its efforts to provide and maintain an online hub and collaboration space for students. This will provide a single location for students to find the majority of the resources they would need throughout the program. King will also assist in designing pathways toward international studies and furthering education beyond MEP.

 


Korrie Miller

Korrie MillerAs the diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) lead, Korrie Miller is tasked with creating strategy and experiences for current students to deepen their knowledge around becoming equitable leaders in the field. Miller is a 2012 MEP graduate. She has 10 years of experience in the nonprofit and higher education field, leading student development, recruitment and retention programs specifically aimed at supporting first-generation students and students of color. She has designed and delivered dynamic pipeline programs, leadership development initiatives and conferences for students across the higher education spectrum. 


Sandi Wei

Alan MooreSendi Wei is an MEP graduate who works on international comparative education policy curriculum development for the MEP program. Wei has rich experience in international higher education admission consulting, as well as English as a second language (ESL) education. She was a second language acquisition teacher in China, who worked with students from diverse backgrounds and helped them navigate through the college admission process. As an advocate for educational diversity, equity and inclusion, Wei has been devoted to helping international students as well as educators seek out resources as an effort to make educational equity possible on a global scale.