School of Education and Social Policy professor James Spillane was elected to membership in the National Academy of Education because of his outstanding scholarship related to education. The National Academy, a prestigious organization limited to 200 U.S. members, is dedicated to advancing high-quality education research and its use in policy formulation.
Spillane is the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor in Learning and Organizational Change and the chair of the Human Development and Social Policy doctoral program at the School of Education and Social Policy. He is also a professor of Learning Sciences and a faculty associate at the Institute for Policy Research.
Spillane’s research explores the policy implementation process at the state, school district, school and classroom levels. An expert in school leadership and educational policy, he is the author of several books, including Distributed Leadership and Diagnosis and Design for School Improvement, as well as numerous journal articles.
Beyond his policy research, Spillane also studies organizational leadership and change, looking at organizational leadership as a distributed practice. Recent projects include studies of instructional advice seeking in schools and the socialization of new school principals.
In addition to Spillane, other SESP faculty members who are members of the National Academy of Education are SESP dean Penelope Peterson; professors Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Larry Hedges, Carol Lee and Douglas Medin; and professor emeritus Allan Collins. The Academy regularly convenes conferences and sponsors studies and reports, as well as administers the NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.