Dr. Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson

Associate Professor

  • Faculty

What I do

Erin Anderson (Ph.D., University of Virginia, Administration and Supervision) is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver.


- Leading, planning

Professional Biography

I am the program manager for a professional learning program for leadership teams that integrates liberatory design and improvement science into school improvement work. I am also a member of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Improvement Leadership Education and Development (iLEAD) Steering Committee. My experience in K-12 middle and high schools initiated her interest in how to make schools more equitable and inclusive spaces for students historically marginalized by the education system and how to improve schools to ensure student and educator well-being. My research focuses on planning, leading, and implementing continuous school and district improvement as well as leadership preparation. I teach courses in educational leadership and policy as well as applied education research including action research, doctoral research planning and design, and design improvement.


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, Curry School of Education, 2015
  • Certificate, Adult Degree Program in Social Studies Education, Mary Baldwin College, 2005
  • M.Ed., University of Virginia, Curry School of Education, 2004
  • BA, Sociology, University of Virginia, 2000

Professional Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association
  • University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA),

Media Sources


My research focuses on planning and leading school improvement and policy and practice for leadership preparation programs.

Featured Publications

Hinnant-Crawford, B., & Anderson, E. (2022). 5S framework for defining problems addressed through improvement research in education. In D. J. Peurach, J. L. Russell, L. Cohen-Vogel, & W. R. Penuel (Eds.), The foundational handbook on improvement research in education (pp. 297-324). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Korach, S., & Tabron, L. A. (1969). An asset-based partnership model for supporting schools in turnaround. In Collaborative Partnerships for School Leadership Development and Student Success: Models and Strategies for Change. Charlotte, NC, USA: Information Age.
Anderson, E. (2022). School improvement does not take place in a vacuum. In S. Chitpin & R. E. White (Eds.), Leading under pressure: Educational leadership in neoliberal times (pp. 99-120). Bingley, UK: Emerald.