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Tamara Young

Associate Professor in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development

Program Coordinator, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

Poe Hall 300S


Dr. Tamara Young is an associate professor in Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development and the program coordinator for 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 STEM education programs and researching career pathways for 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 the NSF S-STEM program.

Research Description

1. Educational Policy  ~  Implementation of Educational Policies and Programs ~ Politics of Education

Chair/President, Politics of Education Association (April 2014-2016)
The Politics of Education Association strives to foster and support the conduct, dissemination, discussion and application of research on the political functions and outcomes of education at all levels, with the final view of contributing to the betterment of society.

2. Educational Evaluation Implementation/Process Evaluation

Selected Scholarly Publications

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 Problems in Research Design


Ph.D. Education [Specialization Areas: Educational Administration and Policy and Dissertation: Understanding coalitions in state educational policy: The selection of alliance partners in reading policy issue networks. Committee: Cecil Miskel (Chair), David K. Cohen, Brian Rowan, and Gerald “Jerry” Davis] The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

MED in Education (Specialization areas: Educational Administration and Policy) 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