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Timothy Drake

Associate Professor of Education Leadership and Policy


Poe Hall 608H

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Tim Drake is an Associate Professor in Educational Leadership and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at North Carolina State University. He studies the policies and practices that influence the effectiveness of school leaders. More specifically, he works at the intersection of research, policy, and practice to inform the ways in which school leaders are trained and supported. His current research projects include educator data use, leadership preparation and development, early grades/pre-K leadership, and turnaround school leadership. Dr. Drake is Principal Investigator of the Wallace Foundation’s University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI) for NC State’s Principal Academies. In 2018, he was a member of North Carolina’s Education Policy Fellows Program and was named an Emerging Education Policy Scholar by the American Enterprise Institute and Fordham Foundation. He has also served or is currently serving on a number of state committees, including the Principal Pipeline Working Group, the Leandro Principal Planning Workgroup, the Principal Standards Committee, and the Executive Board of the North Carolina Professors of Educational Leadership.

Courses Taught

  • ELP 550 Principles of Educational Leadership and Empowerment
  • ELP 551 Context and Challenges of School Improvement
  • ED 710 Quantitative Methods in Education I
  • ED 711 Quantitative Methods in Education II
  • ELP 753-001 Data-driven Decision Making for School Administrators


Ph.D. Education Leadership and Policy Studies Vanderbilt University 2015

M.Ed. International Education Policy and Management Vanderbilt University 2011

B.A. History Teaching Brigham Young University 2007