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Bonnie Fusarelli

Distinguished Professor

NC State University Faculty Scholar; Director of NC State’s Leadership Academies

Poe Hall 608D


Bonnie C. Fusarelli, Ph.D.

Bonnie C. Fusarelli, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis at NC State University and a University Faculty Scholar. She is the Director of NC State’s Leadership Academies which are nationally recognized as innovative and effective at preparing school leaders for high-need schools. Dr. Fusarelli’s 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. She has authored over 60 articles published in various research journals and to support her work, Dr. Fusarelli has received over $43 million in grant funding. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards at both the K-12 and university level, including being an inductee into NC State’s Academy of Outstanding Teachers. The. UNC System recognized her work in high-needs schools by awarding her the 2022 Governor James E. Holshouser Award for Excellence in Public Service.