Sara Ewell

Associate Dean of Faculty Affa


Sara B. Ewell is the Director of the Doctor of Education and Teaching Professor in the Graduate School of Education.  Through her work, Northeastern is now involved with The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, a consortium of over a 100 institutions devoted to the examination and strengthening of the EdD as a professional degree. 

Dr. Ewell’s research interests include social justice, educational leadership, urban education, teacher preparation and retention, and qualitative research. She disseminates her research at conferences, including the American Educational Research Association. Recent publications include: “Defining Problems and Facilitating Change: Starting from a Place of Justice,” a chapter in the book, Ed.D. Programs as Incubators for Social Justice Leadership, and “Service Is the Rent We Pay: Theory and Practice of Pre-Service Teacher Education,” a chapter in the book, Exploring Cultural Tensions in Service-Learning. Dr. Ewell serves as a reviewer for several journals and professional conferences, and volunteers for various autism awareness and support groups and the Traumatic Brain Injury Association.

Previously, Dr. Ewell taught K-12 students in urban and suburban public school districts, taught at Stonehill College, and worked as a research assistant at University of North Carolina and the Center for Teaching Quality, a research-based teacher advocacy organization in North Carolina.


PhD from University of North Carolina (2009)