Program Director, Secondary School Reform
Dr. Julie Edmunds, Program Director for Secondary School Reform at SERVE Center at UNCG, conducts research on issues primarily related to high school reform. She has received over $8.8 million in research and evaluation funding. Dr. Edmunds has been Principal Investigator for two Institute of Education Sciences-funded grants that use an experimental design to investigate the impact of the Early College High School model on student outcomes. She is also Principal Investigator for evaluations of two Investing in Innovation grants seeking to apply early college principles to traditional high schools.
Dr. Edmunds was co-Principal Investigator for a grant from the National Science Foundation examining the extent to which high school reform efforts have been able to increase the number of students entering and persisting in college preparatory mathematics and science courses. Dr. Edmunds has also designed and implemented numerous mixed methodology evaluations for projects ranging from single district projects to multi-state programs. She has worked on policy and implementation issues in North Carolina and nationally.
Before beginning her research career, she taught elementary school for four years and worked as a program analyst focusing on mathematics and science issues at the U.S. Department of Education. She was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale University, a Master of Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.