Faculty & Staff
Linda Vogel, Ph. D., is an Associate Professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) program and serves as the chair of the Leadership: Policy and Development department, as well as the coordinator of the ELPS and NAIL programs. 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 Educational Leadership project. Dr. Vogel has conducted research on state education policy implementation, standards-based assessment, and school finance and developed state-wide training for the supervision of certified staff. Her recently published book, Leading Standards-Based Education Reform: Improving Implementation of Standards to Increase Student Achievement (2010, Rowman & Littlefied), is based on a study funded by the Spencer Foundation.
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 Interests: Leadership for the development of assessment literacy and development of educational policy
Phone: (970) 351-2119
Professor of Special Education
School of Special Education
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639
Professor and Director of the School of Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado, Dr. Rude oversees the programs offered by the School of Special Education from undergraduate majors in Special Education, through Masters degree programs across the spectrum of special education concerns, to a doctoral degree program in Special Education. He is a long-time UNC representative of the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium based in Window Rock, Arizona . Dr. Rude's research interests include Teacher Quality, Special Education Leadership/Management Effectiveness, Systems of Accountability, Teacher Leadership, Policy Studies, Consensus and Negotiation Skills, Professional Development Systems, Strategic Thinking and Planning, Native American Education, Systems Change and Adoption of Innovations.
(970) 351-1909 www.unco.edu/nass
He is currently the Director of Native American Student Services at the University of Northern Colorado and he helped to develop the grant proposal for this project. He will be providing leadership and administrative support for the project. Solomon is from the Crow Reservation in Montana and a UNC Alumnus.
Dr. Katrina Rodriguez
Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado
M.Ed., Northern Arizona University
B.A., Northern Arizona University
Office: McKee 420
Research Interests: Education & Latina/o communities, Chicana feminism; women's leadership; leadership in ethnic communities; issues of body image, beauty, and the body politic. Current research project: Transformational Experiences in Leadership and Learning
Dr. Spencer C. Weiler
Assistant 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