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School Psychology and Educational Leadership

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The Department of School Psychology and Educational Leadership develops professional educators who contribute to and use research-based assessments and interventions to produce effective and efficient learning outcomes for everyone.


New Faculty Member

Sharon Stein, PhD

Sharon Stein

Dr. Sharon Stein, is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of School Psychology and Educational Leadership teaching graduate coursework in Educational Leadership. Dr. Stein, new to Pocatello in Fall 2017, recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with a PhD in Educational Studies. She also holds an MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the Ohio State University, and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Virginia. Her work is focused on the social foundations of higher education, and emphasizes critical approaches to the ethics and politics of knowledge production and social change. In her scholarship, she traces transnational colonial histories of the present, in particular of the contemporary privatization and internationalization of higher education. She is committed to fostering spaces for deepening shared understandings of and appreciation for the complexities and contradictions of working with and through diverse theories, practices, and pedagogies for more just educational futures. Dr. Stein’s current efforts to facilitate the development of alternative approaches to internationalization with respect to higher education has led her to put into conversation different perspectives within the extant literature that in her words “complicate existing analyses, interrupt the prescriptive tendencies of critique, and illuminate new possible horizons of thought and action in higher education” (Stein, 2017, Abstract). The College of Education is pleased to welcome Dr. Sharon Stein to the SPEL faculty. Sharon can be reached at





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