Sarah Zuckerman

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Sarah Zuckerman

Assistant Professor, P-12 School Leadership ED.D. Coordinator

Ph.D., Educational Administration and Policy Studies, University at Albany, 2016
M.S., Early Childhood Special Education, The George Washington University, 2009
B.A., Art History, Carleton College, 2003

Dr. Zuckerman’s research uses qualitative methods to investigate state level educational policy implementation and school-community partnerships, particularly in the context of rural communities. Her recent research combines organizational change theory with concepts from political science to understand how individuals, groups, and organizations mobilize and develop shared understandings that shape action at the school, community, and state policy levels. Her current projects include an ethnographic study of statewide policy network in the area of early childhood workforce and a case study of a rural community coalition to support children and families across school and community settings.

Areas of Expertise

  • Multi-sector partnerships
  • P-12 leadership
  • Policy implementation
  • Qualitative research methods

Dr. Zuckerman teaches research methods for educational administration, including Qualitative Research Methods and Case Study Methods. She also teaches courses in P-12 administration. Dr. Zuckerman advises students in the Ed.D. program with a focus on P-12 leadership. She advises students with overlapping interests, including community partnerships, special education, early childhood, rural schools, interprofessional collaboration and policy implementation. She seeks to provide advisees with a solid basis in educational research methods to prepare school leaders and others to integrate research in their practice

Dr. Zuckerman’s research uses qualitative methods to investigate state-level educational policy implementation and school-community partnerships, particularly in the context of rural communities. Her recent research combines organizational change theory with concepts from political science to understand how individuals, groups, and organizations mobilize and develop shared understandings that shape action at the school, community, and state policy levels. Her current projects include an ethnographic study of statewide policy network in the area of early childhood workforce and a case study of a rural community coalition to support children and families across school and community settings.

  • EDAD 852: School Culture & Student Behavior
  • EDAD 901: System-Level School Improvement
  • EDAD 995: Doctoral Seminar: Qualitative Analysis and Reporting
  • EDAD 907: Issues in Politics and Policies
  • EDAD 983: Qualitative Research Methods

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2016, School of Education Presidential Distinguished Dissertation Award, University at Albany2016, Part-time Teaching Award, School of Education, University at Albany2015, David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy, University Council of Education Administration2014, The Haynes-Davis Memorial Scholarship, Initiatives for Women, University at Albany
Experience
2016-Present, Assistant Professor, Educational Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2014-2016, Research Assistant, Odds-beating Schools in the Common Core Era and Best Practices for Common Core Implementation, University at Albany 2015-2016, Adjunct Professor, Social Foundations of Education, University at Albany2015, Adjunct Professor, Research Methods, Empire State College2011-2014, Graduate Assistant, University at Albany
Memberships
American Educational Research Association (AERA)