Erin Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. She received her Ph.D. in Administration and Supervision from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Dr. Anderson worked for five years as a research assistant and research associate for the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). During this time, she served on the committee for the Professional Standards of National Leaders (2015, formerly the ISLLC standards) and worked with The Wallace Foundation on the development of a five-year, $47 million initiative to help universities improve principal preparation. She has also been contracted by the American Institute of Research (AIR) for her state policy work and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to support the development of the 2015 PSEL and 2016 National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards (formerly, the ELCC standards).
Currently, she is the PI of a state grant to support the development of and research on the Design Improvement Program, a professional learning program working with leadership teams to implement design thinking and improvement science into school improvement work. She also spent two years as the co-editor and two years as the editor of the Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership (LTEL-SIG) newsletter. Anderson’s work has been published in Journal of Research on Leadership Education, Leadership and Policy in Schools, Frontiers, Teacher’s College Record, Journal of Educational Administration, Journal of School Leadership, and the Handbook of Educational Supervision. She is the author of the UCEA publication A Policymaker’s Guide: Research-Based Policy for Principal Preparation Program Approval and Licensure (2015).
As a practitioner she worked as a teacher, a team leader, and the Dean of School Culture and Discipline in Brooklyn, NY, in addition to her work as a teacher at a small alternative school for students struggling with behavioral issues in Charlottesville, VA.