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Amy N. Farley

Assoc Professor, CECH Educational Studies

610K Teachers College


Amy N. Farley is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in the School of Education. Her current research focuses broadly on equity in P-20 education systems and how consequential policies impact educational opportunity, access, and student outcomes. Since her appointment at UC, Dr. Farley has led multiple research-practice partnerships examining student success, academic supports, and education policy in both legal education and undergraduate studies. She has also collaborated on research examining equity and opportunity in a variety of K-12 settings. Dr. Farley currently serves as an Associate Editor for AERA Open and the Division L (Policy and Politics) Secretary for the American Educational Research Association. 

Dr. Farley completed her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, with a dual emphasis in education policy and research and evaluation methodology. 
Before joining the University of Cincinnati, she was a Strategic Data Fellow through Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research, where she worked closely with state and local agencies to conduct research and provide technical support in the implementation of policies related to standards, evaluation, and assessment. Following her fellowship, she became the Director of Research & Impact at her agency, where she led the development and execution of the research plan for a $20M grant and served as Principal Investigator on two additional grants through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to graduate school, she taught 4th through 8th grade in Oregon.  
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Everrett A Smith

Associate Professor, Higher Education, CECH Educational Leadership (EDLD)

610P Teachers College


Dr. Everrett A. Smith serves as an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Program Coordinator of Educational Leadership in the School of Education at the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Smith’s research contributes to the understanding of the factors that influence financial and governance decisions in higher education. This includes exploring trustee, faculty, and student involvement in the governance process, as well the policy, financial, and political decision-making at institutional and state levels. Most recently, his research has focused on the community college and the financial and governance elements of these institutions as they provide access to postsecondary education.

Previously, Smith served as Director of Assessment for the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas and worked in student affairs and enrollment management at Christian Brothers University. He also served as a public school Spanish teacher in the Memphis City School system. He was a Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Award recipient and completed his interdisciplinary doctoral studies in public policy specializing in higher education policy at the University of Arkansas. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee.
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