Thomas J. Halverson
Director, Masters in Education
Dr. Halverson’s research and teaching focus on three central areas; education policy and the politics of policymaking, international and comparative education, and organizational/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. In the areas of educational organizations and leadership studies his interests surround the development and evaluation of preparation programs for educational leaders. He is currently working with the Seattle Archdiocese on the development of a leadership preparation program for elementary principals within Catholic schools in Western Washington.
As a Senior Researcher with the Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy, Dr. Halverson is 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.
Dr. Halverson is also the Director and Lead Faculty of The College Access Project (TCAP), a non profit organization which serves to increase post-secondary educational opportunities and access for first generation college-bound, under-represented populations, and low income students in Washington State. To learn more about The College Access Project see: www.collegeaccessproject.org. Dr. Halverson is also a contributing faculty member to the University of Washington’s Pipeline Project (http://www.washington.edu/uwired/pipeline/ ), a program designed to engage undergraduate students in service learning opportunities. TCAP has provided a vehicle through which Pipeline Project students can explore and gain experience working with local students and families seeking information and opportunities within higher education.
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1996
College of Education, University of Washington
Box 353600 Seattle, WA 98195-3600