Executive Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership

Executive Ed.D. faculty address the first cohort of students.

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Faculty Director
Juan Gonzalez

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Program Director
Joe Wilcox

The GRE is not required for those applying to the Executive Ed.D. for Summer 2021 entry due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Empowering Equity-Minded and Entrepreneurial Leaders

The Executive Ed.D. is a doctoral program in Higher Education Leadership launched in 2019 explicitly designed for working professionals aspiring to high-level administrative and executive roles in higher education. We develop students who will lead dynamic organizations in an increasingly complex world. Our courses are taught by renowned faculty and higher education administrators with years of experience in advancing the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Courses are offered on the UT Austin campus, with some online components.

Program Features

  • Practitioner-focused curriculum
  • Flexible schedule designed for current and aspiring executives
  • Real-world, real-time application
  • Cohort model: team collaboration, networking, shared learning
  • Designed for completion in 30-36 months
  • Face-to-face contact with renowned faculty, combined with eLearning

Key Competencies You Will Gain

  • Social justice, inclusion, and equity foundations
  • Assessment, evaluation, and research
  • Law, policy, and governance      
  • Organization and human resources
  • Leadership
  • Student success and learning  
  • Technology in education 

This program starts in the summer semester only. You must select the “summer” semester in the ApplyTexas application. If you apply to the wrong semester or incorrect program track in the Educational Leadership and Policy department in the ApplyTexas application, you could be subject to additional application fees.

Request additional information  Register for our Oct. 23, 2020 Info Session


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Beth E. Bukoski

Associate Professor of Practice

Focuses on issues that affect underrepresented students and faculty related to identity intersectionality and performativity, particularly critical theories and constructs of gender, sexuality, race, and class.

Juan Gonzalez

Juan Gonzalez

Professor of Practice

Expertise in student affairs leadership and administration, improving the college student experience, and expanding access to higher education for first-generation college students.

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Pedro Reyes

Ashbel Smith Professor of Education Policy

Focuses on school conditions that foster high academic success for children of poverty, stratification of learning opportunities for children of color, and on state policy that facilitates student success across the education pipeline.

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Victor B. Sáenz

Professor, Chair

Leads the Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success Initiative focused on Latino males in education; seeks to advance research-informed policy solutions that enhance educational outcomes for underserved students in secondary and post-secondary education.

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Patricia Somers

Associate Professor

Serves as a faculty affiliate in Women’s and Gender Studies and Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies. Researches topics such as campus safety, higher education law, academic freedom, and higher education in Brazil.

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Luis Urrieta, Jr.

Professor, Program Advisor

Follows trends around cultural and racial identities, agency, migration, and social movements in education.

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Joe Wilcox

Specialist, Program Coordinator

Expertise in Title IV policy and administration and higher education fundraising. Focuses on issues of college affordability, under-represented student recruitment, and donor relations.

Faculty in Residence

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Gerardo De Los Santos

Senior Fellow, Civitas Learning
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Martha Ellis

Director of Higher Education Services at Dana Center, The University of Texas at Austin
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Molly Beth Malcolm

Executive Vice President of Campus Operations and Public Affairs, Austin Community College (ACC)
Mark Milliron

Mark Milliron

Vice-President and Executive Dean of WGU Teachers College
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Colette Pierce Burnette

President, Huston-Tillotson University
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Richard Rhodes

President/ CEO, Austin Community College (ACC)
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Laura Struve

Assistant Director, Graduate Student Development Program, The University of Texas at Austin Faculty Innovation Center