Hayley R. Weddle
Assistant Professor

Hayley Weddle is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research addresses the equity implications of policy implementation across state and local levels. Across her work, Dr. Weddle is committed to developing reciprocal partnerships between educational leaders, policymakers, and researchers. She is currently leading a national partnership of researchers and state education agency leaders focused on advancing equity for multilingual learners. As an instructor, she enjoys teaching courses on pressing equity issues in education policy as well as research methods.

In addition to her research, Dr. Weddle served as the 2019-2020 Student Regent on the University of California Board of Regents, representing undergraduate and graduate students across the UC system. In this role, she chaired the Regents Special Committee on Basic Needs, leading efforts to address food and housing insecurity. She holds an M.A. in Higher Education Leadership from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, San Diego.

Instructional Interests

  • Educational Systems, Macro Policy, and Politics (PhD Course)
  • Advanced Qualitative Analysis (PhD Course)
  • Critical Issues in Higher Education Governance (MA Course)

Scholarly Interests

  • The equity implications of policy implementation across state and local levels

  • Research-practice partnerships and collaborative capacity building

  • Systems of support for multilingual learner students and families

Featured Publications

  • Hopkins, M., Weddle, H., Castillo, M., Costa, J., Edwards, K., Elliot, S., ... & Salas, V. (2022). Upholding Multilingual Learners’ Civil Rights under ESSA: State Education Agency Leaders and the Contextual Factors Shaping Their Work. American Journal of Education, 128(4). https://doi.org/10.1086/720362

  • Weddle, H., Lockton, M. and Datnow, A. (2021). Research-practice partnerships “on the ground”: Exploring partnership work in urban schools under pressure to improve. Studies in Educational Evaluation. doi.org/10.1016/j.stueduc.2021.101013

Awards and Honors

  • UC Student Regent, University of California Board of Regents (2018—2020). Selected to represent over 280,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students across ten UC campuses as the sole voting student on the governing body of the University of California.

Engagement, Partnerships, and Professional Service

Dr. Weddle currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Multilingual Learner Leadership & Policy Institute. Through this role, she collaborates with state education agencies and individual leaders to foster shared responsibility for multilingual learner education at the state and local levels.

Dr. Weddle previously served on the California Recovery with Equity Task Force chaired by Governor Newsom’s senior higher education advisor. She was selected as one of 15 education leaders in California to collaboratively develop an equity-focused plan to guide the state’s higher education recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hayley R. Weddle


University of Pittsburgh
5500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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