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Lance Fusarelli

Professor and Director of Graduate Programs

Poe Hall 308N



Lance D. Fusarelli is a professor of educational leadership and policy in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at NC State. He is the author/editor of 7 books and more than 60 journal articles. His work has received media attention in USA Today, Education Week, The Hechinger Report, the BBC, CBS17 (Raleigh), and NBC14 (Raleigh), among others. He has been awarded over $11 million in grant funding as PI/Co-PI.

Research Description

Focus on the Every Student Succeeds Act, equity, politics of education, federal and state education reform, school choice, school leadership, and superintendents.


Ph.D. in Educational Administration with Specialization in Educational Politics & Policy Studies from The University of Texas at Austin in 1998
M.A. in Government with Specialization in Public Policy from The University of Texas at Austin in 1994
B.A. in History and American Studies from Case Western Reserve University in 1988

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Scholarly Publications

Courses Taught

  • ELP 751  Politics of Education
  • ELP 735  Policy Research
  • ED 730  Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • ED 731  Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis
  • ED 795  Case Study Research
  • ELP 580 Planning, Management & Evaluation
  • ELP 551 Leadership for School Improvement

Honors and Awards

  • College of Education nominee, Chancellor’s Creating Community Outstanding Faculty Award (2016)
  • College of Education recipient of the 2014 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • North Carolina State University – Academy of Outstanding Teachers Award (2011)

Research Areas