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Bonnie Fusarelli


University Faculty Scholar; Director of The Northeast Leadership Academy

Poe Hall 608D



Dr. Bonnie Fusarelli is a Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development. Her research focuses on educational leadership and policy, the politics of school improvement, educational equity, and organizational change, with a particular focus on state-level education reform and leadership development. Her research examines school leadership on three levels: the building level (school principals and effective models of leadership preparation), the district level (superintendents and their preparation in both traditional and non-traditional ways), and the state level. To support her work, Dr. Fusarelli has received over $16 million in grant funding from various organizations including the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In 2012, she was named a NC State University Faculty Fellow and in 2011 she was granted an appointment as a Faculty Research Fellow at The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Dr. Fusarelli is the recipient of numerous teaching awards at both the K-12 and university level, including being an inductee of NC State’s Academy of Outstanding Teachers. Her current work is primarily focused on her role as Principal Investigator for and Director of the Northeast Leadership Academy, an initiative to prepare innovative school leaders for high-need rural schools.

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