Joshua Childs

Joshua  Childs
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy

Office: SZB 348

Joshua Childs is an assistant professor of Educational Policy and Planning (EPP) in the Department of Educational Administration. Joshua received his PhD in Learning Sciences and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh. Joshua's research focuses on 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 is an RGK Faculty Fellow ( and a faculty fellow with the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (

Dr. Childs teaches both M.ED and Ph.D courses in the EPP program. He has most recently taught Policy Implementation, Organizational Design, Research Methods, and an advanced seminar on networks.