Research, Teaching and Service Interests
Doug’s scholarly teaching, research, and service activities focus on how principals and teachers engage with federal and state-level accountability policies, school improvement initiatives, and reform programs within their local contexts and communities. His research program is guided by three overarching, and interrelated guiding questions:
- How do principals and teachers enact instructional leadership of selected school improvement programs and initiatives?
- How do principals and teachers interpret, and then enact, instructional leadership actions while implementing state- and federal-level policies?
- How do principals meet the teaching, learning, and leadership needs of teachers and students in schools within varying organizational, policy, and demographic contexts?
Doug Wieczorek earned his Ph.D. in Teaching and Curriculum in the Department of Teaching and Leadership at the Syracuse University School of Education. He has held teaching and leadership positions at both the K-12 and higher education levels. He started his education career as a secondary social studies teacher in Stafford County Public Schools, Stafford, VA, and then worked as an Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs at a private, Catholic high school in Syracuse, NY. While at Syracuse University he was a high school tutoring program coordinator for Syracuse University, Say Yes to Education, and the Syracuse City School District. He also taught undergraduate courses and supervised student teachers in the inclusive secondary and elementary programs. Most recently, Doug served as the Director of Field Experience and School Partnerships at the State University of New York at Cortland, Cortland, NY.
Ph.D., Teaching and Curriculum, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2014.
David L. Clark Scholar, American Educational Research Association and University Council for Educational Administration, 2013
Dissertation of the Year Award Winner, American Educational Research Association, Leadership for School Improvement Special Interest Group, 2015