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Zora M. Wolfe, EdD

  • Associate Dean of the College of Health & Human Services
  • Interim Director of Center for Education
  • Graduate Program Director
  • Associate Professor

Affiliated Programs


  • EdD, Educational Leadership (2013)
    University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • MA, Secondary Science Education (2000)
    Columbia University (NY)
  • BS, Psycho-Biology (1997)
    Binghamton University—SUNY (NY)
  • Principal Licensure Program, Principal Certification (2004)
    University of Denver (CO)

About Me

My education career has spanned teaching kindergarten in an American school in Taiwan, to teaching high school math and science in New York City and Denver, CO, as well as mentoring beginning math and science teachers across the United States through an educational non-profit organization. I was part of the founding staff and Principal of a charter high school, and I also have experience as a CEO/Principal, Assistant Principal, and Curriculum Director at the K-12 levels. Recently, I've also had the privilege of designing and facilitating professional development for teachers and administrators across the US, Africa, and Asia.

My philosophy for teaching graduate courses in educational leadership revolves around the importance of integrating theory and practice. I believe my courses need to be grounded in research and theory related to students' particular areas of study, and also provide opportunities for students to apply that research and theory to practice. Understanding this process of relating theory to practice is essential to critically integrating theory and practical knowledge as students develop a personal theory of practice. In addition, as doctoral students and leaders in the education field, I believe our students must also be prepared to share their knowledge and become contributors to the field, thus fulfilling the model of excellent scholar-practitioners.

Research Interests

My areas of expertise include organizational leadership, collaborative inquiry communities, and developing mentor practices. My current research focuses on how to develop and support productive learning communities within schools and classrooms, including how to support faculty and graduate student success. In addition, I focus on the development of these ideas through the use of instructional technology in online spaces, such as through online and hybrid courses, and faculty and school-based professional development.

Media Expertise

  •   Educational Leadership
  •   Organizational Leadership and Development
  •   Professional Development and Mentorship
  •   Online Teaching & Learning


Ciampa, K., Wolfe, Z., Bronstein, B. (in press). ChatGPT in K-12 education: Transforming digital literacy practices. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.

Wolfe, Z. (in press). Program supports for first-generation education doctoral students: A faculty perspective. In Parker-Shandal, C. (Ed.) First-Gen docs: Personal, political, and intellectual perspectives from the first-generation doctoral experience. Brill Academic Publishers.

Wolfe, Z., Knudsen, K. & Mahaffey, A., (2023). Distribution of instructional leadership roles within a school organization. Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 15(1), 21-30.

Wolfe, Z., & Newman, P. (2022). Developing teacher leadership skills in pre-service teacher education. In Polly, D., & Gavin, E. (Eds.) Preparing Quality Teachers: Advances in Clinical Practice. (pp. 129-154). Information Age Publishing (IAP).

Ciampa, K. & Wolfe, Z., (2020). From isolation to collaboration: Creating an intentional community of practice within the dissertation proposal writing process. Teaching in Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2020.1822313

Wolfe, Z., & McCarthy, J. (2020). Building on existing brick-and-mortar practices in online spaces. In Ferdig, R.E., Baumgartner, E., Hartshorne, R., Kaplan-Rakowski, R. & Mouza, C. (Eds.) Teaching, Technology, and Teacher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories from the Field. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/216903/

Ciampa, K., & Wolfe, Z. (2019). Preparing for dissertation writing: Doctoral education students’ perceptions. Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 10(2), 86-108.

Wolfe, Z. (2019). “You explore, I guide, we learn!”: Developing an inquiry-based teaching curriculum, Childhood Education, 95(4). 30-35. doi:10.1080/00094056.2019.1638710

Furtak, E., Glasser, H., & Wolfe, Z. (2016). The feedback loop: Using formative assessment data for science teaching and learning. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)


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