Faculty and Staff
Dr. Tony Armenta
Professor: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Degree: Ed.D. – Northern Arizona University
Areas of Expertise: School law; personal leadership qualities; leadership theory
Research Interest: Personal qualities of effective leaders; the effect of contemporary legal decisions on the practice of school administration
Professional Highlights: A former high school English teacher, Dr. Armenta has also served as a faculty member and administrator at several universities including Northern Arizona University, Humboldt State University (Calif.), University of Nevada-Reno, and Southeastern Louisiana University prior to coming to UNC. His administrative roles have included Coordinator of High School-College Relations, Director of Student Teaching, Director of New Student Programs, and Assistant Dean of Continuing Education. He has published in several national and international publications. He serves the local education community by presenting workshops in the area of school law, with an emphasis in tort liability.
Phone: (970) 351-2832
Professor: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Chair: Leadership: Policy and Development
Degree: Ph. D. - Illinois State University
Areas of Expertise: State and Local Education (P-12) Leadership, Assessment, Teacher and Administrator Evaluation, Standards-Based Curricular Implementation, School Improvement, Professional Development, School Reform Policy and Finance, Culturally Responsive Administrative Preparation, and Social Justice in Educational Administration.
Research InterestsLeadership for the development of assessment literacy and the development of socially just, culturally responsive, responsible educational policies
Professional Highlights: A former principal at the high school and middle school levels where she implemented several service learning and community anti-bullying and harassment programs, she has worked with large urban districts on building internal leadership capacity and minority leader recruitment through the Illinois State Action for Leadership project. Dr. Vogel has conducted research on state education reform policy implementation, standards-based assessment, and school finance and developed state-wide training for the supervision of certified staff. Her book on the leadership of standards-based education implementation, Leading Standards-Based Education Reform: Improving Implementation of Standards to Increase Student Achievement (2010), is based on research she conducted funded by the Spencer Foundation.
In addition to serving as the Leadership: Policy and Development Department chair and Educational Leadership & Policy Studies coordinator, Dr. Vogel is the program coordinator of the Native American Innovative Leadership (NAIL) program, an online interdisciplinary master's degree program leading to principal and special education director licensure that is culturally responsive to Native American educational contexts and culture. She is currently leading the development of an interdisciplinary doctorate in public policy.
Phone: (970) 351-2119
Dr. Spencer C. Weiler
Associate Professor: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Degree: Ph. D. Virginia Polytechnic Institution and State University (Virginia Tech)
Research Interest: I am fascinated with virtually all topics related to public education. An example of my current interests include: measuring the impact of a new facility on student achievement; historical analysis of the federal government role in public education; impact of involving parents in the discipline process; faith-based volunteer efforts; the value of online instruction, charter schools responsibilities, parent-to-parent conferencing, and the optimal use of technology to enhance student achievement.
Professional Highlights: After 14 years in public education as both a social studies teacher and an administrator I came to UNC in 2007. While at UNC I have been fortunate to coordinate a cohort, serve on the IRB Board, work on the Leadership Academy Design Team with the Colorado Department of Education, and contribute to a local elementary school's school improvement team. Ultimately, my professional highlight is that I can use my current position to better public education.
Phone: (970) 351-1016
Dr. Kathryn S. Whitaker
Coordinator of Cherry Creek Cohort.: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Degree: Ph.D. - Vanderbilt University
Areas of Expertise: Principalship, person-centered leadership, school reform
Research Interests: Issues relating to the principalship
Phone: (970) 351-2861
Dr. Michael Cohen
Degree: Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy, Seton Hall University
Areas of Expertise: accountability; policy and critical policy analysis; economic and political contexts of school reform; supervision and instructional leadership; assessment
Research Interests: neoliberalism, New Public Management, and market-driven education reforms; ideology of school reform; professionalism in education and the public sector; cultural theory in the study of leadership and policy; non-traditional methodologies
Professional Highlights: I began my teaching career as an instructor of first-year composition at Indiana University, Bloomington, while I was earning my M.A. in English Literature. In 2001 I returned to my original state of New Jersey, where I served in teaching and administrative positions at the West Orange and Tenafly Public School Districts: high school English teacher, K-12 Supervisor of English Language Arts, and high school assistant principal. Prior to joining the UNC faculty in 2014, I served as Manager of Assessment Support in the district offices of the Denver Public Schools (DPS). At DPS, my work centered on measuring student growth through formative assessment and collaborating with an array of stakeholders to develop a Student Learning Objective (SLO) model for use in the educator evaluation system.
Phone: (970) 351-2960