Doctor of Education in

Educational and Policy Leadership


Through our doctoral program in Educational and Policy Leadership, students can develop the conceptual understanding and advanced leadership skills needed to create organizational learning environments. 

The program in Educational and Policy Leadership, EdD offers two strands: one is designed for educators in pre-K-12 settings and the other is designed for leaders in higher education settings. The program is designed for candidates who wish to develop the conceptual understanding and advanced leadership skills needed to create organizational learning environments to address inequities, optimize teacher performance, and maximize student learning. Candidates will work in learning communities with faculty and administrators to gain a deeper understanding of themselves as educational leaders and to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for visionary, collaborative, strategic, and ethical leadership in schools, districts and institutions of higher education.

Program Objectives:

  • Prepare students develop habits of critical questioning and the reflective means for evaluating individual and organizational effectiveness
  • Help develop the ability to examine educational issues through multiple perspectives
  • Understanding how to manipulate organizational structures for improving higher education
  • Develop the ability to practice deliberate, informed leadership.
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Sean Fanelli

Sean Fanelli

Dr. Sean Fanelli, Adjunct Professor, is highly regarded for his expertise in higher education administration and brings to Hofstra University an exceptional breadth of leadership experience. Prior to joining the faculty of the School of Education, Dr. Fanelli served as the president of Nassau Community College for more than 28 years.

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Eustace G. Thompson

Eustace Thompson

Dr. Eustace Thompson, Professor in the EdD Educational and Policy Leadership Program, earned his PhD from New York University in educational administration. Prior to his faculty appointment, he had 37 years of experience in urban and suburban public schools settings and held the positions of deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and middle and high school principal. He is a certified curriculum auditor and walk-through supervision trainer.

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Rebecca S. Natow

Rebecca S. Natow

Dr. Rebecca Natow, Professor and Director of the EdD Educational and Policy Leadership Program, is an expert in higher education, educational policy, and qualitative research methods. She has conducted research relating to performance-based funding policies for higher education, developmental education, and postsecondary program implementation. She has also conducted extensive research into the higher education rulemaking process, which involves the creation of regulations that implement and administer federal higher education policy. She is the author of Higher Education Rulemaking: The Politics of Creating Regulatory Policy, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Her dissertation, entitled Making Policy in the United States Department of Education: The Political Process of Federal Rulemaking for Higher Education, received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Politics of Education Association, and was a finalist for the American Educational Research Association Division J Outstanding Dissertation Award. Dr. Natow received her Ed.D., Ed.M., and M.A. in higher and postsecondary education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Holly Seirup

Holly Seirup

Dr. Holly Seirup, holds a joint appointment as a Professor in the Departments of Counseling & Mental Health Professions and Educational Leadership. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Seirup held various positions in university administration including serving as Vice President of Campus Life for over a decade, and as the Dean of the School of Health Professions and Human Services. She continues to be active in the community and in her research, where she has presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences and has authored/coauthored articles on topics ranging from the impact of Hope, Grit, and Resiliency on academic success, behavioral health issues on the college campus, college persistence, and online pedagogy.

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Clifford Pincus

Clifford Pincus

Dr. Clifford Pincus, Adjunct Associate Professor, is currently a member of the sales management team for United Airlines. Over the years Dr. Pincus has presented at numerous training sessions, and conferences focusing on research in the relationship between key employee behaviors and organizational outcomes, organizational cultures impact on organizational success, and the effects of work life balance on employee engagement. He also instructs Quantitative Analysis for the EdD Educational and Policy Leadership program at Hofstra University along with Classes in Management and Entrepreneurship for the Zarb School of Business.

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