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Tamara Young PhD

Associate Professor in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development


Poe Hall 300S


Dr. Tamara Young is an associate professor in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Dr. Young’s scholarship is primarily comprised of two strands of inquiry: politics of education and the implementation of educational programs, policies and practices. She is also interested in evaluating education programs targeting youth and college students traditionally underrepresented in STEM careers. She is currently co-PI for a $1 million grant for the Interdisciplinary Biochemistry Masters Program at NC State funded by NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) program.

As part of Dr. Young’s commitment to NC State’s land grant mission, Dr. Young is available to consult with LEAs, schools, and non-profit educational associations to design and carry out implementation evaluations of programs and policies, as well as design logic models to assist with integrating the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs.

Courses Taught

  • ELP 780 Theory and Practice in Educational Evaluation
  • ELP 795  Implementation Research and Evaluation in Education
  • ELP 735 Policy Research in Education
  • ED 710 (formerly ELP 742)  Quantitative Research in Education (introductory)
  • ED 711  Quantitative Research in Education (intermediate)
  • ELP 891/EAC 803 Problems in Research Design (i.e., dissertation proposal development)


Ph.D. Education (Specialization Areas: Educational Administration and Policy) The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

MED Education (Specialization: Educational, Policy, Foundations, Administration & Research Methods – Policy and Practice in Schools) The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

MAT in Education (NK-8) The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

BA Economics The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Certificate Evaluation Practice The Evaluators Institute, Claremont Graduate University

Area(s) of Expertise

-Politics of Education
-Implementation/Process Evaluation & Research of Educational Programs, Policies, and Practices
-The Design, Implementation, and Utilization of Logic Models in Educational Policy and Practice