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Zora M. Wolfe, EdD

  • Associate Dean of the College of Health & Human Services
  • Interim Director of Center for Education
  • Director of K-12 Educational Leadership and Instructional Technology Programs
  • 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 from teaching kindergarten at an American school in Taiwan to teaching high school math and science in New York City and Denver, CO. I was part of the founding staff and principal of a charter high school, and also have experience as an assistant principal and curriculum director at the K-12 levels. More recently, I mentored and provided professional development to beginning math and science teachers across the United States, supporting their growth as teacher leaders through an educational non-profit organization.   

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 teacher leadership, collaborative inquiry communities, and developing teacher practice. My current projects relate to the development of collaborative inquiry communities, how they can support the development of teacher leadership within schools, and how principals can support teacher leaders in this process. In particular, I am exploring how leaders create a culture for collaboration and inquiry, and specifically the importance of trust and common understanding when engaging in true inquiry practice.

I also have an interest in how a broad definition of data can be used within these communities as a means to develop, examine, and assess learning.

Media Expertise

  • Teacher leadership
  • Building collaborative inquiry communities
  • Professional development for teachers and principals
  • Formative assessment in secondary science classrooms


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), Eastern Educational Research Association (EERA), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)


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