The Coming of Age of the Education Doctorate Series
The IMPACT of the Scholarly Practitioner Doctorate
Developing Socially-Just Leaders to Make Equitable Change
Published: February 2024
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Published: March 2024
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The IMPACT of the Scholarly Practitioner Doctorate: Developing Socially-Just Leaders to Make Equitable Change is a collection of shared counternarratives between EdD alums and their supervising professor mentors, detailing their dissertation in practice (DiP) journeys as scholarly practitioners and the impact of the scholarly practitioner doctorate on their paths from doctoral students to socially-just leaders in a wide range of educational fields. The IMPACT of the Scholarly Practitioner Doctorate posits these relationships as the catalyst in bringing theory learned in course work to scholarly research that is positioned within practice, focused on contributing to equity-centered work. The book serves as an exemplar learning companion to a wide audience and diverse EdD programs looking to modify, develop, or redesign their programs to align with The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) concepts including signature pedagogy, laboratories of practice, inquiry as practice and mentoring and advising. The IMPACT of the Scholarly Practitioner Doctorate demonstrates how change in education, community, and organizations have been impacted in efficacious ways. EdD students and their supervising professors, faculty, and administrators will be able to use this book’s content as their own catalyst for building socially-just leadership knowledge, skills, and dispositions while preparing their EdD students to exhibit equitable change in the professional practice areas they are in.

Perfect for courses such as: Introduction to Educational Research; Social Justice Education Foundations; Leadership for Equity and Social Change; Transformative Leadership; Foundations of Inquiry for Social Justice; Qualitative Inquiry for Social Justice; Critical Perspectives for Equity in Education; Engaging in Critical Social Theories for Designing Research for Equity and Social Justice; Reform and Change for Social Justice; Educational Leadership Development

Table of Contents:





Chapter 1. Opening Doors: Advancing Equity through Teamwork in Suburban Schools
by Kristine S. Lewis Grant and Ilana Shipe

Chapter 2. From Equality to Equity in EdD Programs: Beyond Having a “Place at the Table” to Having a “Voice” to Transform the Academy
by Patricia Lane and Mahmoud Suleiman

Chapter 3. A Dissertation in Practice: Individual and Collaborative Efforts to Support Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy in a Predominantly Hispanic High School
by Vicki Vescio and Misael Gonzalez

Chapter 4. A Laboratory of Socially-Just Leadership
by Jennifer Adams, Kimberly Bridges, Brittany Gracik, Rochelle Jordan, and Yeimarie Lopez

Chapter 5. The Importance of a Community of Practice: Turning Disillusionment into a Catalyst for Change
by Gudrun Nyunt and Jenifer Montag

Chapter 6. Keeping One Another Charged for an Evolving Antiracist Journey
by Tomiko Ball and Samantha Cohen

Chapter 7. “I Am . . . a Socially-Just Leader”: Capturing the Empowerment of Scholarly Practitioners Through Poetry
by Marjorie C. Ringler, Travis Lewis, Patrick Greene, and Rodney McNeill

Chapter 8. Creating a Socially-Just and Equitable EMBA Program for Women
by Kris Robertson Street and Matthew A. Witenstein

Chapter 9. Diné Scholars, Practitioners, and Activists
by Miranda Jensen Haskie and Barbara P. Mink

Chapter 10. “We Make the Road by Walking”: The Ongoing Development and Impact of Social Justice Leaders
by Liliana E. Castrellón, Jacqueline Roebuck Sakho, Ronald W. Whitaker II, and Rick McCown

Chapter 11. Restorative Mentorship to Promote Reciprocal Collaboration for Socially-Just Leadership
by Stefania Forte and Alia Sheety

Chapter 12. Mentoring in Color: The Journey of One Black Doctoral Candidate and her Mentors from Problem of Practice to Dissertation and Beyond
by Franchesca Ho Sang, Marshall George, and Sherry L. Deckman


Appendix A. “I am . . . a Socially Just Leader”: Capturing the Empowerment of Scholarly Practitioners Through Poetry
by Marjorie C. Ringler, Travis Lewis, Patrick Greene, and Rodney McNeill

Appendix B. Dissertations by Members of the Navajo Nation Who Have Obtained an EdD at Fielding

About the Authors


Reviews & Endorsements:

The IMPACT of the Scholarly Practitioner Doctorate: Developing Socially-Just Leaders to Make Equitable Change provides a timely and thoughtfully varied presentation of how the education doctorate effectively develops leaders focused on equity and social justice. It notably demonstrates the power of the education doctorate as a catalyst for fostering improvement and instigating change. Smith Budhai and Hill have carefully curated a collection of chapters, each one showcasing a unique social justice context, inviting a broad range of readers to feel included in this vital conversation. This edited volume holds immense value for all education doctorate faculty and students who are passionately committed to social justice and for leaders seeking inspiration and courage to pursue this needed work.”

Christopher Benedetti, PhD, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

“The edited collection, The Impact of the Scholar-Practitioner Doctorate: Developing Socially-Just Leaders to Make Equitable Change, embodies guidelines from the CPED that focus on equity, ethics, and social justice.Authored by Ed.D. faculty and students, each chapter’s narrative will inspire educators to challenge educational hegemonic norms, while encouraging future professionals to use their degree for creating a better world. With its rich stories and unwavering focus on socially-just leadership, this book shares practical approaches for developing transformative facilitators who can bring authentic social/ecological justice and respect for diversity into teaching and learning.”

Four Arrows, author of "Teaching Truly: A Curriculum to Indigenize Mainstream Education, and Restoring the Kinship Worldview"

“Smith Budhai and Hill’s compilation, The IMPACT of the Scholarly Practitioner Doctorate: Developing Socially-Just Leaders to Make Equitable Change, is a much-needed textbook for anyone aspiring to instill praxis in today’s political realm of education. Within it, readers will learn of the impact of Black Feminist Theory on rising scholar-practitioners, complexities of conducting social justice-grounded research in schools, development and continuance of the mentor-mentee relationship beyond the dissertation, and numerous examples of socially just leadership in action. This textbook is significant for advancing the critical consciousness of EdD faculty and the programs they lead.”

Ricardo Garcia, PhD, Lecturer, Department of Educational Administration, Doctor of Education in Leadership for Organizations, University of Dayton

“Authors in The IMPACT of the Scholarly Practitioner Doctorate: Developing Socially-Just Leaders to Make Equitable Change creatively and bravely take on the challenge of exploring the impact of the scholarly practitioner doctorate on equity-centered work. Drawing from various theories, styles of writing, and angles to examine the EdD experience, the book offers readers nuanced lessons on developing socially-just leaders through doctoral study. This collection of chapters makes a strong contribution to advancing the work of CPED and broader connections to the function and design of the Educational Doctorate and its role in advancing equity in education at all levels.”

Joy Howard, PhD, Associate Professor, Western Carolina University

“A critical distinguishing feature of doctoral education is the mentor-mentee relationship. Smith Budhai and Hill’s book, The IMPACT of the Scholarly Practitioner Doctorate: Developing Socially-Just Leaders to Make Equitable Change, provides a space for the exploration of the mentor-mentee relationship as a vehicle for the mentee’s journey toward becoming a socially just leader in educational contexts. Each of these chapters is a powerful narrative that provides the reader with authentic experiences that fostered a social justice mindset between the actors in this relationship. Understanding the journey toward social justice leadership, each of the chapters provides examples of the impact of these powerful programs beyond the doctoral degree. Kudos to Smith Budhai and Hill for bringing together these compelling examples of the potential of the professional doctorate.”

Stephen Pape, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University