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Lisa Walker, PhD

Senior Research Specialist, Center for Urban Education Leadership


Building & Room:

3216 ETMSW


1040 W. Harrison St. (MC 147), Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 355-9715


As a Senior Researcher in the Center for Urban School Leadership, Lisa Walker collaborates with UIC EdD Program leadership coaches and faculty to bring research knowledge and skills to the program’s continuous improvement work. She also contributes knowledge to the field of leadership development for dissemination nationwide. Dr. Walker has led the redesign of candidate selection for the EdD program to support equity and collaborates with coaches to improve their structures, routines and tools for leadership development. She currently co-leads an initiative focused on strengthening leadership development for schools with high student population churn by applying principles of Improvement Science and Networked Improvement Communities.

Before coming to UIC in 2014, Lisa was a senior researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago where she evaluated school-based programs in support of children, families, and communities. After receiving her PhD in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University in 2004, she served for five year as an associate researcher at the Center for Urban School Improvement