October 12-14, 2022
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Table of Contents:

  1. Theme Overview
  2. Agenda
  3. Registration and Hotel Information
  4. COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Policy
  5. Contact Us

Theme Overview

Transforming the advanced preparation of educational professionals to lead through scholarly and equity-minded practice.

Transform in Latin (tranformare) means to “change in shape, metamorphose.”  The verb is a combination of “trans” which means across or to go beyond and “form” which means to shape, fashion, build (https://www.etymonline.com). Over the last 15 years of CPED, members have reshaped and refashioned the EdD to go beyond traditional doctoral preparation towards a professional practice doctorate. Members have also sought to prepare leaders who can transform their field of practice just as a PhD transforms their discipline (Council of Graduate Schools, 2006). 

The 2022 Convening theme seeks to inspire profound change and metamorphose of the EdD by reflecting the new CPED Vision and Mission that will guide the work of the organization and its members over the coming years. Specifically, the 2020-2022 Strategic Visioning work has brought a new focus on how CPED members are operationalizing the CPED Framework to empower educational leaders during critical times. For this convening, we urge members to contemplate and share: 

  • how their EdD programs are designed to reflect the needs of educational professionals and practice;
  • how their EdD program designs are grounded in the CPED Principles;
  • how they transformed their EdD program using the CPED Framework;
  • how their EdD program learning outcomes, curriculum, and assessments prepare equity-minded, transformational change agents;
  • how they define and prepare graduates for scholarly practice;
  • how their EdD graduates learn to critically analyze and address problems of practice;
  • how their EdD graduates impact professional practice; 
  • how their EdD program exemplifies the CPED definition of the EdD as The professional doctorate in education prepares educators for the application of appropriate and specific practices, the generation of new knowledge, and for the stewardship of the profession.”

Agenda: (all times are in EST)

Day One: Wednesday, 10/12/2022  
12:00-2:00pm Delegates Council Meeting: Institutional Delegates only & all institutional Delegates are required to attend. 

Ballroom 1 (Ballroom level)

Workshops below: $75 each


Workshop 1: Inter-Racial Advising: Lessons Learned
This session will unpack an inter-racial doctoral advising relationship and research around identity safety, documenting one journey as participants consider application to their own practice.

Ballroom 3 (Ballroom level)

Harriette Thurber Rasmussen (Drexel University); Enikimberly Avery (Northeastern University Alum)
  Workshop 2: Traversing the Dissertation Journey: Supporting Doctoral Students to the Finish Line
The goal of this workshop is to support doctoral students to traverse the dissertation journey. We explore a framework, practice strategies, and exchange ideas for advancing dissertation completion.

Ballroom 4 (Ballroom level)
Micki Caskey (Portland State University)
  Workshop 3: Using Simulation to Scaffold Problem of Practice Identification for Students
Add to your pedagogical toolbox by participating in a simulation that scaffolds problem of practice identification for students by relating the process to a criminal investigation. Participants will consider the benefits and drawbacks of using a simulation activity to scaffold the process of problem of practice (PoP) identification and framing for students and how the simulation activity could be revised for use with students in their programs.

Sterling 2, 3 (Lobby level)

Lesley Leach; Ryan Glaman; Ronald Rhone (Tarleton State University)

Workshop Registration is HERE

Day Two: Thursday, 10/13/2022 

Convening Opening
Dr. Jill Perry (Executive Director)

Keynote:  The Legitimacy of Practice-Embedded Dissertations
-Dr. Maria Piantanida, Dr. Pat McMahon, and Dr. Marilyn Llewellyn, authors of On Being a Scholar Practitioner: Practical Wisdom in Action

Greetings and Inspiration: Dean Valerie Kinloch, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh

Ballroom 1 (Ballroom level)

10:00-10:15am Travel to Exchanges/Coffee Break  
10:15-11:15am: Exchange A Moving Beyond Accommodations: A Supervisory Relationship Grounded in CPED and Recovery-Oriented Principles that Promote Equity, Inclusion, and Mental Wellbeing

Benedum (Lobby level)
Scott Lowrey; Janis Campbell (Western University)
  Tips and Tricks: Lessons Learned from Creating New Ed.D. Programs at a Research 1 Institution

Ballroom 3 (Ballroom level)
Dustin Miller; Amy Barnes (The OhioState University)
  Creating Learning Environments within EdD Programs that Foster Antiracist Scholar Practitioner Communities

Brigade (Ballroom level)
Samantha Cohen, Tomiko Ball (AmericanUniversity)
  Design to Excel: Innovating an EdD Program to Cultivate Innovation

Sterling 2, 3 (Lobby level)
Maria Boeke Mongillo; Antoinette M. Ryan; Sheldon Watson; Farough Abed (Central Connecticut State University)
  Using Liberating Structures to Transform and Empower EdD Student Practical knowledge toward scholarly practice

Heinz/Freedom (Lobby level)
Megan McVancel (University of Iowa)
  Applied Research Preparation for Scholar-Practitioners: Learning How to be Flexible in Uncertain Times

Rivers (Ballroom level)
Christine Eith; Erica Carswell; Erin Comaskey; Denise Zawada (Johns Hopkins University)
CIG (CPED Improvement Group) Online/Hybrid CIG

Ft. Pitt/Smithfield (Lobby level)
11:15-11:30am Travel to Exchanges/Coffee Break  
11:30am-12:30pm: Exchange B Embodying Diversity and Moving Towards Equity: One Dean's Diversity Initiative

Birmingham (Lobby level)
Wisdom Mensah; Minkyoug Kim (University of West Florida)
  Black Feminist Approaches to Mentoring Educational Professionals for Equity-Minded Leadership

Ballroom 4 (Ballroom level)
Kristine Grant; Stephanie Smith Budhai (Drexel University)
  Transformative EdD programs Should Have Transformative DiPs: Self-Assessing DiPs To Inform Program Transformation

Chartiers (Ballroom level)
Edmund 'Ted' Hamann; Laura Boche (University of Nebraska-Lincoln); Jill A. Perry (CPED/University of Pittsburgh); Leigh Wolf (Arizona State University)
  Examining Unexamined Assumptions to Transform Ourselves and Our Programs

Traders (Ballroom level)
Laura Flores Shaw; Laura Quyanor (Johns Hopkins University)
  The Evolution of Problems of Practice as Radical Shifts in School/District Leader Perceptions

Kings Terrace (Ballroom level)
Dianne Gardner Renn; Renee Andrews; Jennifer McCoy (Illinios State University)
  Scaffolding the Language of Power at the Doctoral Level

Ballroom 3 (Ballroom level)
Kathryn Strom (California State University-East Bay)
CIG (CPED Improvement Group)

Improvement Science CIG

Brigade (Ballroom level)


Working Lunch/Networking
Program of the Year Award Winner- Baylor University 
Visit our Sponsors: Myers Education PressThe Done Dissertation, Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming

Ballroom 1 (Ballroom level)

1:45-2:45pm: Exchange C Fostering and Maintaining International Collaborations for Student Development

Sterling 2, 3 (Lobby level)
Leigh Graves Wolf ; Josephine Peyton Marsh (Arizona State University); Fiona King; Anne Looney; Enda Donlon (Dublin City University)
  Leveraging Improvement Science in CPED programs: A conversation with authors of the Foundational Handbook on Improvement Research in Education

Heinz/Freedom (Lobby level)
Max Yurkofsky (Radford University); David Eddy Spicer (University of Virginia); Brandi Hinnant-Crawford (Clemson University); Hayley Weddle (University of Pittsburgh)
  Using Design Thinking to Spark Innovation and Transformation in the EdD Multiverse

Rivers (Ballroom level)
Allison R. Barajas (University of West Florida)
  Supporting Educational Sovereignty in the Navajo Nation through the Education of Indigenous Scholar/Practitioner/Activists

Benedum (Lobby level)
Kathy Geller; Barbara Mink; Miranda Haskie (Fielding Graduate University)
  Community Learning Exchange for Data Collection

Ft. Pitt/Smithfield (Lobby level)
Mattew Militello; Wesley Tang; Marla Silversmith (East Carolina University)
CIG (CPED Improvement Group)  EdD Programs for Social Justice CIG

Birmingham (Lobby level)
2:45-3:00pm Travel to Exchanges/Coffee Break  
3:00-4:00pm: Exchange D Piloting an Improvement Science Dissertation for Education Leaders

Chartiers (Ballroom level)
Sarah R. Daniel; Catherine Dunn Shiffman; Deran Whitney (Shenandoah University)
  Making Connections that Last a Lifetime: EdD Student Cohort Building through the Use of Digital Storytelling

Traders (Ballroom level)
Travis Lewis; Heidi Puckett; Karen D. Jones (East Carolina University)
  Supporting EdD Student Success in Dual Pandemics: Developing a New Structured Advising Model for Virtual Spaces

Sterling 1 (Lobby level)
Noelle A. Paufler; Barbara Nesbitt; Rachel Biritz (Clemson University)
  Engaging the Community through a Consultancy-Based Group Practicum

Ballroom 4 (Ballroom level)
Heather Hurst; Gerald (Jerry) Kiel; Michael Williams; Seniz Celimli-Aksoy; Curt Baker (Frostburg State University)
  Critical Race Theory (CRT) and the Dissertation in Practice: Does the Rubber Meet the Road?

Benedum (Lobby level)
Reginald Wilkerson (College of William & Mary); Gilia Smith (ProQuest); Jill A. Perry (CPED/University of Pittsburgh)
  Extreme Makeover: EdD Edition (Our Story of Redesigning our EdD Program)

Ballroom 3 (Ballroom level)
Marshall George; Jennifer Samson (Hunter College-City University of New York)
CIG (CPED Improvement Group) Dissertation in Practice CIG

Brigade (Ballroom level)
4:00-4:15pm Travel to Exchanges/Coffee Break  
4:15-5:15pm: Exchange Improvement Science as a methodological framework: Mapping the landscape

Heinz/Freedom (Lobby level)
Lester A. C. Archer (Western Kentucky University)
  Impacting Education Journal Presentation & Discussion: Learn from the Editors in Chief how to publish your work

Rivers (Ballroom level)
Rhonda Jeffries; Suha Tamim (University of South Carolina)
  Transforming Disciplinary Literacy Practices: Developing student's abilities to read, write, think and perform as scholarly practitioners

Ft. Pitt/Smithfield (Lobby level)
Amy Markos (Arizona State University)
  Developing Regenerative Thinkers: What That Means for Both Students and Faculty

Birmingham (Lobby level)
John M. Gould (Drexel University)
  IRB and Quality Improvement Research: Transforming Understanding for Student Success

Sterling 2, 3 (Lobby level)
Amanda Bozack; Edwin Bonney (Radford University); Brandi Hinnant-Crawford (Western Carolina); Jill A. Perry (CPED/University of Pittsburgh); Deborah Peterson Perry (Portland State University)
CIG (CPED Improvement Group) Scholarly Practitioner Alliance CIG

Ballroom 4 (Ballroom level) 
5:15-6:00pm Down time before reception  

Welcome to the Burgh Reception!
with music by the James Johnson II Trio of the Guardians of Sound

Poster Session: Visit with Pitt EdD students & graduates
Awards Ceremony: Program of the Year, David G. Imig Distinguished Service , and Dissertation in Practice
Visit our Sponsors: Myers Education PressThe Done Dissertation

King's Garden (Ballroom level)

Day Three: Friday, 10/14/2022  
Day Three: 8:00-8:30am

Convening Opening
Presentation: Dissertation in Practice of the Year
Looking forward to #CPED2023

Ballroom 1 (Ballroom level)

8:45-9:45am: Exchange F The IMPACT of the Scholarly Practitioner Doctorate: Calling All Potential Chapter Authors!

Chartiers (Ballroom level)
Stephanie Smith Budhai; Deanna Hill (Drexel University)
  Integrating Improvement Science & Justice: Co-developing core principles to guide course development, program improvement, and research in leadership programs

Traders (Ballroom level)
Maxwell Yurkofsky; Edwin Bonney (Radford University); Samantha Cohen; David Rease (American University)
  "Good Work" in the Ed.D.: Program Transformation for Holistic, Humane, and Equity-Centered Leadership

Benedum (Lobby level)
Vachel Miller; Chris Osmond (Appalachian State University)
  Tough Love Advising: How to Support Ed.D. Students Through the Dissertation Process

Sterling 1 (Lobby level)
Karen Card (University of South Dakota)
  Reconsidering the committee's role in the Dissertation-in-Practice: [Are you] expecting new results using the same old form and format?

Ballroom 3 (Ballroom level)
Robert Crow (Western Carolina University)
  Leveraging the Learning Conversations Protocol (LCP) for Precision in Scholarly and Equity-Minded Practice

Brigade (Ballroom level)
Scott Lowrey; Janis Campbell; Stephanie De Franceschi (Western University)
9:45-10:00am Travel to Exchanges/Coffee Break  
10:00-11:00am: Exchange G Transforming research practices: Critical Participatory Action Research & Improvement Science

Heinz/Freedom (Lobby level)
Joy Howard; Tori Colson; Kim Derk (University of Southern Indiana)
  Advisory Boards in Ed.D. Programs: Partnering with Practitioner Experts to Design, Market, and Deliver

Rivers (Ballroom level)
Christine Harrington; Michael Sparrow (New Jersey City University)
  Various Uses of Communities of Practice in CPED EdD Programs

Ft. Pitt/Smithfield (Lobby level)
Lesley F. Leach ; William Torres; Jennifer Smalley; Joy Avery; Erin Robbins (Tarelton State University); Sarah Capello (Radford University); Josephine Marsh; Mary Lou Fulton (Arizona State University); Joy Phillips (Drexel University)
  Impacting Professional Practice through an Alternative Dissertation

Birmingham (Lobby level)
Renee Amboy-Biller; Wayne N. Taylor (University of South Florida)
  Achieving Doctoral Candidacy: A Study of Scholar-Practitioner Perceptions of Facilitators and Obstacles When Writing Their Problem of Practice Dissertation Literature Review and Methodology

Ballroom 4 (Ballroom level)
Corina Kaul; Nicholas Werse; Laila Sanguras (Baylor University)
  Encouraging Academic Help-Seeking in EdD Students

Chartiers (Ballroom level)
Eric Ludwig (Florida State University)
  Transforming a Transdisciplinary Ed.D. with Equity-centered Scholarship and Practice

Sterling 2, 3 (Lobby level)
Yin Lam Lee-Johnson; Ashley Spencer; Jennifer Ono; Trezette Dixon; Katherine O'Connor (Webster University)
11:00-11:15am Travel to Exchanges/Coffee Break  
11:15am-12:15pm: Exchange H Improvement Science Implementation - Addressing the 3Ps (Policies, Processes, People) While Coloring within the Lines!

Traders (Ballroom level)
Jacqueline Hawkins; Monica Marten; Beth Darbe; Dawn Oliver; Alyson Posey; Hope Rigby-Wills; Whitney Manuel; Cleo White (University of Houston)
  Transforming writing support through listening to students: A developmental approach

Sterling 1 (Lobby level)
Laura Quaynor; Keshrie Naidoo (Johns Hopkins University)
  Unpacking the Community of Inquiry Model in Virtual Spaces

Ballroom 3 (Ballroom level)
Joy Phillips; Stephanie Smith Budhai; Harriette Thurber Rasmussen (Drexel University); Monica Martens (University of Houston)
  Working in the tension: Creating problem of practice statements for EdD records of study

Brigade (Ballroom level)
Shaun Hutchins; Radhika Viruru (Texas A & M University)
  Experiential Learning for Inquiry, Equity, and Justice

Benedum (Lobby level)
Sara C. Lawrence; Kathy Lease (Texas A&M University - Texarkana)
  A Conceptual Model of Collaboration for EdD Programs

Sterling 2, 3 (Lobby level)
Seniz Celimli Aksoy; Heather Hurst; Curt Baker; Michael Williams; Gerald Kiel (Frostburg State University)

Working Lunch/Networking
Program of the Year Award Winner- Northeastern University 
Closing Remarks: Jill A. Perry

Visit our Sponsors: Myers Education PressThe Done DissertationImpacting Education: Journal on Transforming

Ballroom 1 (Ballroom level)

1:30-1:45pm Travel to Exchanges/Coffee Break  
1:45-2:45pm: Exchange I "We each have something the other needs:" From a fractured EdD program to a virtual community of practice for teacher-leaders

Rivers (Ballroom level)
Miyoshi B. Juergensen; Tamela Thomas; MaryBeth Sander (Kennesaw State University)
  Transforming Writing Supports in an Accelerated Ed.D. Program Serving Professional Practitioners from Under-resourced School Districts

Ft. Pitt/Smithfield (Lobby level)
Megan Trexler; Michelle Szpara; Alia Sheet (Cabrini University)
  IRB and the EdD 2.0: Continued Conversations About Practitioner Research and Institutional Review

Birmingham (Lobby level)
Elizabeth Currin; Terrance McAdoo (University of South Carolina)
  Holding Ourselves Accountable for the Preparation of Socially Just Educational Leaders: One Program's Collaborative Backward-Mapping Process

Ballroom 4 (Ballroom level)
Jess Weiler; Kofi Lomotey; Robert Crow; Emily Virtue (Western Carolina University)
  Switching to Mastery Grading for Core Program Courses: A Case Study

Chartiers (Ballroom level)
Michele Gregoire Gill; Amanda Wright Reschke (University of Central Florida)
  Reframing Equity: Three Strategies that Raise Up Equity and Promote Success in an EdD Program Focused on Critical Improvement Science

Heinz/Freedom (Lobby level) 
Elizabeth Zumpe; Phitsamay Uy (University of Massachusetts Lowell)
  Exploring the Hero's (EdD) Journey: A practical lens of the Scholarly Practitioners Transformative Journey

Traders (Ballroom level)
Wayne Taylor; Renee Amboy-Biller (University of South Florida)
2:45-3:00pm Travel to Exchanges/Coffee Break  
3:00-4:00pm: Exchange J Improvement Science and the Dissertation in Practice

Benedum (Lobby level)
David Title (Sacred Heart University)
  Using Community Cultural Wealth and Funds of Knowledge in an Improvement Science Model

Sterling 2, 3 (Lobby level)
Alfredo Pargas Jr.; Molly Pargas (University of Denver)
  Using Design Thinking to Revolutionize Online Learning: Marymount University's Journey to Meet the Needs of Educational Professionals and Practice

Heinz/Freedom (Lobby level) 
Ruth Boyd; Clara Hauth; Jessica Marotta; Paula Cristina Azevedo; Marcia Baldanza; Nicole Conners (Marymount University)
  Transforming the Research Methodology Course Sequence to Prepare Scholar-Practitioners to Inquire into Problems of Practice

Ballroom 3 (Ballroom level)
Sarah A. Capello; Edwin Nii Bonney; Maxwell Yurkofsky; Amanda Bozack;(Radford University)
  Coaching for Alignment across the Dissertation in Practice Proposal

Sterling 1 (Lobby level)
Crystal R. Chambers (East Carolina University)
  Do I Really Belong Here? Mitigating Imposter Syndrome for EdD Students

Rivers (Ballroom level)
Heidi Puckett; Travis Lewis; Karen Jones (East Carolina University)
  The DIP (Dissertation in Practice) and the RCR (Responsible Conduct of Research): Alignment or Mismatch?

Brigade (Ballroom level)
Carla Thompson (University of West Florida)
4:00pm End of Convening


All exchange presenters are expected to register for the convening. Exchanges take place on every day of the convenings. We cannot give preference for a day, however. By submitting an exchange proposal, you agree to be available for all days. 

All workshop facilitators are expected to register for the convening. Workshops take place on the day before the full convening, October 12th.


 Contact Cindy King, Coordinator of Operations & Development at [email protected]

Registration and Lodging information

Member Registration

Registration is open to all members of the CPED consortium including faculty, administrators, and students and includes the two-day convening, lunches, coffee breaks, and reception. 

Registration Fees:

Late registration (August 16th - September 15th): $350

Workshops: $75

EdD Student Registration: $100

Please remember to upload your proof of COVID-19 vaccination on the registration page. A photo of your vaccination card is sufficient.


Hotel reservations

Hotel reservations are to be made on your own by calling or using the link below.

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
600 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Rate: $149.00/night + taxes 
To secure this rate, reservations must be made by September 15, 2022.

To Book your hotel room:
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COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Policy

For those CPED 2022 convening attendees that are not vaccinated, we ask that they submit (upon registration) a signed document that states they will provide the CPED team with a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of the convening. Upon arrival to the 2022 Convening in Pittsburgh, the attendee should share the negative test results to at CPED team member at the check-in location

CPED’s first priority is the health and safety of our participants; therefore, we have put in place measures to provide a safe environment and manage risk for convening attendees.



For any questions or assistance with your participation in the CPED convening, please contact us at 412-648-7428 or [email protected]