Jennifer Waddell

Associate Professor, Sprint Foundation Endowed Professor, Director, Institute of Urban Education, co-Chair Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. (2005) Interdisciplinary: Urban Leadership and Policy Studies in Education and Education, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Research Interests

  • My research focus merges my teaching and service roles with an emphasis on urban teacher preparation, retention and success of students of color in teacher education, and the retention and achievement of beginning teachers.


  • Principal Investigator Project ACCESS (Accessing Community Collaborations to Enhance Student Success). Examining the impact of community involvement on student teachers and teacher effectiveness. W.K. Kellogg Foundation, funded June 2009-May 2010.
  • Principal Investigator. Project ECC (Expanding Community Collaborations). Period of Award: 2012-2015.
  • Principal Investigator and Project Director. Project IUE CAUSE (Change Agents for Urban School Excellence). United States Department of Education, Teacher Quality Partnership Grant. Amount Awarded: $8,359,602. Period of Award: 2009–2015.
  • Studying factors that contribute to retention of students of color in undergraduate programs.