Joshua Childs is an assistant professor in the Educational Policy and Planning program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. His research examines the role of interorganizational networks, cross-sector collaborations, and strategic alliances to address complex educational issues. Specifically, his work examines collaborative approaches involving community organizations and stakeholders that have the potential to improve academic achievement and reduce opportunity gaps for students in urban and rural schools.
Joshua graduated from Plano West High School, ran track & field and received a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Tulsa, received an M.A. in Education Policy from University of Colorado-Boulder, and PhD in Learning Sciences and Policy from the University of Pittsburgh.