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Dr. Edward Fuller

Professor of Education (EDLDR)

Phone: 814-865-2233

204D Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Education Policy Studies


  • Educational Leadership Program


  • Center on Rural Education and Communities (CREC)
  • Center for Evaluation and Education Policy Analysis (CEEPA)


Ed Fuller is a professor in the Department of Education Policy Studies in the College of Education at Penn State. His research interests include educator (teacher, principal, and central office administrator) quality, distribution, mobility, turnover, and career pathways; educator preparation; school improvement; evaluation; and charter schools. Before joining the Penn State faculty, he was a special research associate and adjunct faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. He has also served as the Director for Research at the Texas State Board for Educator Certification and Program Director for Evaluation at the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin. He received three degrees from The University of Texas at Austin: a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration (Principalship Program), and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration (Policy and Planning). He was a secondary mathematics teacher in a rural district and urban district before returning for his master’s degree.


Dr. Fuller also serves as the Director of the Penn State Center for Evaluation and Education Policy Analysis (PCEEPA) and as Associate Director of Policy for the University Council for Educational Administration. PSCEEPA provides evaluation assistance to schools, school districts, and organizations in the Commonwealth and across the nation. The Center also focuses on providing analyses of education policies in the Commonwealth and across the nation.


As UCEA Associate Director of Policy, Dr. Fuller will work with the UCEA President and Executive Committee to review policy proposals, develop policy agendas, develop coalitions with other groups, educate state and policymakers, and engage UCEA members in the policy process. This position builds on his wealth of experience in working with the Texas Legislature from 1997 through 2011.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels


Education Levels

Middle School/Junior High
Secondary/High School

Education Types

Minority Ed
Public Ed
Rural Ed
Urban Ed

Educational Studies


Leadership Preparation

Educational Leadership
Principal Prep
Superintendent Prep
Teacher Prep

Methodological Research

Policy Analysis
Quantitative Research

Social Issues

Charter Schools
Education Policy
Race and Ethnicity

Organizational Management

Management & Leadership
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