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 Jill A. Perry, PhD, Executive Director
Jill Alexa Perry is the Executive Director for the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate. She has an appointment as Research Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. A graduate of the University of Maryland, she received her PhD in International Education Policy. Dr. Perry’s research focuses on professional doctorate preparation in education, organizational change in higher education, teacher professionalization, and teacher issues both nationally and internationally. She has over 18 years of experience in leadership and program development in education and teaching experience at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels in the US and abroad. She is a Fulbright Scholar (Germany) and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Paraguay). Dr. Perry is the chair of the Research & Innovation Advisory Board of the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association.
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 Debby Zambo, PhD, Associate Director
Debby Zambo is a Professor Emerita from Arizona State University and is currently working as the Associate Director of the Carnegie Foundation on the Education Doctorate (CPED). Debby received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University and prior to her retirement worked there for 10 years as an associate professor in the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. While at ASU Debby served as Coordinator of their EdD program for two and a half years. Debby’s research interests include newly designed EdD programs and the application of educational psychology to educational practice. Since 2012 she has worked closely with Dr. Jill Perry, Director of CPED helping with various aspects of the organization including grant writing, convenings, and committees. She also helped with many aspects of the FIPSE grant CPED received including designing protocols, collecting and analyzing data, writing of cases, and working on the cross-case analysis.

Board of Directors

The CPED Board consists of the following CPED Deans:

 David G. Imig, PhD
Dr. David G. Imig is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate. He is also Professor of the Practice at the University of Maryland. For twenty-five years he led the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education where he engaged deans in on-going dialogue regarding institutional change and developed a firm understanding of the challenges of changing education schools. Dr. Imig holds his academic degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and is widely published in the areas of teacher and administrative leadership.

 Wanda J. Blanchett, PhD
Dr. Wanda J. Blanchett, a veteran administrator known for building bridges between universities and their host communities, is the Dean of Rutgers University's Graduate School of Education.  She received her BSE and MSE degrees from the University of Central Arkansas before earning her PhD in special education from The Pennsylvania State University in 1997.  She previously held a faculty appointment at Syracuse University, and both faculty and administrative appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Colorado-Denver. In 2009 she was named Dean of the School of Education and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Endowed Chair in Teacher Education at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She is actively involved in her academic disciplines of teacher education, special education, and urban education. She holds national elected positions and is a member of several scholarly and professional associations, including the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education, the American Educational Research Association, and the Council for Exceptional Children.

 Lucindia Chance, PhD
Dr. Lucindia Chance is currently the Director of the GRU Confucius Institute. She retired as Dean from Georgia Regents University and Georgia Southern University in recent years.  A former classroom teacher, principal, professor, and administrator, she has more than 20 years’ experience to her new role. While serving at Georgia Southern, Chance established the Georgia Center for Educational Renewal to address issues and challenges in K-12 education, promote partnerships between the university and P-16 communities, and improve teaching and learning in schools. Chance serves on the national and state Professional Accreditation Board of Examiners for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. She is a frequent guest lecturer on topics in education both nationally and internationally, and as an international Rotarian, she has made presentations at clubs in England, France, and China.

 David Rock, EdD
Dr. David Rock joined Ole Miss as Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in 2010. He received his BS in Mathematics form Vanderbilt University, MA in Mathematics Education from the University of Central Florida, and EdD in Curriculum and Instruction (Mathematics Education) from the University of Central Florida. D. Rock has taught mathematics in Florida and Mississippi at the middle and high school levels. He was a professor and coordinator of Secondary Education at The University of Mississippi (1998 – 2004) and the chair of the Department of Education at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Prior to his return to Ole Miss, he was Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA.

 Jay Fiene, PhD

Jay Fiene is the Dean of the College of Education at Cal State San Bernardino. Prior to becoming the dean, he served as a department chair at CSUSB and WKU.  Dr. Fiene was the founding director of the doctoral programs at Western Kentucky University.He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri – Columbia, Columbia, MO. Dr. Fiene also has degrees from Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO and Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS. He has served as a music teacher (both vocal and instrumental) as well as a mathematics teacher and a high school principal. As a student teacher the marching band he directed went to the 1982 World’s Fair to perform. He was the youngest secondary school principal in the U.S. at the time of his appointment. Dr. Fiene frequently publishes and presents on matters related to program improvement and design particularly as it relates to school leadership and preparation/induction of school leaders. Dr. Fiene enjoys most working with beginning professors and student scholars as they design their research agendas and work. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and had the pleasure of serving as President for the National Council for Professors of Educational Administration. He has received several grants and served as an evaluator for other’s grants. Dr. Fiene has been active in international travel and learning since 1974.

 Randy Hitz, PhD

Dr. Hitz is the dean of the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University where he oversees more than 50 programs and five research centers at the largest school of education in Oregon. Dr. Hitz holds a doctorate in elementary education with a major in early childhood education and child psychology from Indiana State University. Dr. Hitz has published and presented prolifically on teacher education issues and teacher professional development. He currently serves on many policy-making boards locally and nationally, including the Education Northwest Board of Directors, the Council for the Accreditation of Education Professionals (CAEP), chair of the Select Improvement Commission of CAEP, chair of the Chalkboard Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Oregon Coalition for Quality Teaching and Learning.

 Virginia Roach, EdD

A scholar who has written extensively on emerging issues in educational reform, particularly special education and leadership development, Roach successfully lead Bank Street College to its initial National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation, oversaw the expansion of online and professional development programming there, and created partnerships and programs with institutions in the United States and abroad. She also emphasized new approaches for developing teachers and leaders to serve effectively in diverse educational settings. She was an associate professor of education at George Washington University from 2004 to 2011, where she chaired the Department of Educational Leadership, taught masters and doctoral-level courses, and directed more than 30 dissertation in the field. In 2013, she was lauded with the William J. Davis Research Award for Outstanding Scholarship from the University Council for Educational Administration; her professional contributions include service as editor of Educational Planning from 2009 to 2011 and membership on the boards of the the International Society of Educational Planning and the United Nations International School.

 Jennifer K. Rice, PhD, Ex-Officio

Jennifer King Rice was appointed dean of the University of Maryland College of Education in 2017. Previously, she served as an associate dean for graduate studies and faculty affairs, and has been a professor of education policy since 2009. Prior to joining the Maryland faculty, she was a researcher at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, D.C. Dr. Rice’s research draws on the discipline of economics to explore education policy questions concerning the efficiency, equity, and adequacy of U.S. education systems. She has published numerous articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of American Educational Research Journal and Education Finance and Policy. In addition to positions as a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow and a Visiting Fellow at the Urban Institute, she is a past president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in educational administration and social foundations from Cornell University; her B.S. was completed at Marquette University. 

 Valerie Kinloch, PhD, Ex-Officio

Valerie Kinloch began her tenure as the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education on July 1, 2017 after spending nine years at The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, she was Professor of literacy studies and Associate Dean of diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. Kinloch led efforts toward building sustainable models of diversity, equity, inclusion, and engagement.  She also served as the college’s chief diversity officer, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and as associate chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning.

A highly-respected scholar, Kinloch’s research focus on the literacy, language, culture, and community engagements of youth and adults inside and outside of schools. One of her books, Harlem On Our Minds: Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth, earned the 2012 Outstanding Book of the Year award from the American Educational Research AssociationIn 2017, Kinloch was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Impact “Kiongozi” Award and the 2017 Outstanding Leadership and Service Award from OSU. In 2016, she received OSU’s James M. Siddens Award for Distinguished Faculty Advising/Mentoring, as well as a Leadership Program Fellowship from the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

Kinloch earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in honors English at Johnson C. Smith University. At Wayne State University, she earned a Master of Arts degree in English and African American literature and a PhD degree in English/Composition Studies with a cognate in Urban Studies. Kinloch has also taught on the faculty at Columbia University’s Teachers College and the University of Houston-Downtown.


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