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Susan Patrick Adjunct Professorial Lecturer School of Education

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Susan Kemper Patrick is a doctoral candidate and research assistant in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy. Susan’s research primarily focuses on school-based efforts intended to improve teachers’ instructional practice and students’ learning experiences. She is interested in understanding schools as the workplaces of teachers and exploring how structural, normative, and contextual factors facilitate or impede teacher development. In all her work, she strives to better understand why all students and their teachers do not have equal access to learning opportunities, identify potential drivers of these inequalities, and contribute relevant research that informs how school leaders can maximize learning opportunities while minimizing inequalities in their schools. Prior to her doctoral studies, Susan spent three years teaching middle school reading and three years working in youth-serving non-profits. She received a M.Ed. in Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies from Vanderbilt University in 2010 and a B.A. in African and African-American Studies from Duke University in 2007.
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