Department of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy

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Improving Structures and Systems in Education

The Pitt School of Education’s Department of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy (EFOP) explores the sociological, historical, economic, organizational, and political foundations of education and schooling. Guided by our commitment to pursuing equity and social justice, we focus on improving structures and systems for P-20 education (prenatal through post-secondary) in domestic and international environments. We study educational institutions, non-formal educational organizations, and the role of education in society.  

Supporting Multi-disciplinary Knowledge

Serving students across the school, our EFOP department is home to a multidisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners, with expertise spanning economics, higher education, organizational theory, philosophy, research methodology, and sociology. We focus on the foundations of education, the processes of educational improvement, and the domains of higher education, urban education, and international education in relation to policy and organizational analyses.

Shaping Practice and Policy

Our EFOP department is engaged in far-reaching analyses of power and structural inequities in educational systems. Through our scholarship and teaching, we examine the influence of culture, institutions, systems, and histories across various preK-12 and higher education contexts. We pursue and produce knowledge that deepens the school’s commitment to educational equity and justice.

Supported Academic Programs

Related Outreach and Collaboration

Department Faculty

Michael Gunzenhauser (Chair)

Lori Delale O’Connor (Associate Chair)

Eleanor Anderson

Richard Benson

Josh Bleiberg

Shanyce Campbell

Elon Dancy

Linda DeAngelo

Lina Dostilio

Gina Garcia

Sean Kelly

Heather McCambly

Maureen McClure

Darris Means

Leigh Patel

Jill Perry

Maureen Porter

Max Schuster

Najeeb Shafiq

Keith Trahan

Hayley Weddle

Eboni Zamani-Gallaher