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Elizabeth Zumpe

Elizabeth Zumpe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Educational Administration, Curriculum and Supervision

Office: OU-Tulsa Campus, 4W122

CV for Elizabeth Zumpe

Elizabeth Zumpe is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Zumpe conducts qualitative, action, and design-based research within research-practice partnerships  to understand and co-design processes for continuous improvement in high-poverty schools and districts. Through this work, she aims to understand how to cultivate collective agency, problem solving mindsets, and teaming capacity for continuous quality improvement in contexts of complexity and adversity. A former K-12 public school teacher for over a decade with National Board Certification, Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Berkeley.


Previously, Dr. Zumpe was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as a key member of a seven-year RPP with a high-poverty California school district, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She was also a visiting assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she taught leaders in an online Ed.D. program how to use improvement science to address problems of educational equity and social justice. Currently, Dr. Zumpe is co-PI of a new RPP with the Lowell Public Schools in Massachusetts, focused on co-designing a data dashboard and professional learning series for teaching school leaders how to use methods of continuous quality improvement.