313A Miller

Research Interests

Effective Schools & School Systems
Equity Studies
Leadership of Schools & School Systems

Ann O'Doherty

Teaching Professor

Dr. Ann O’Doherty, Ed.D., serves as Interim Assistant Dean for Teacher Education and Director of the nationally recognized Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington where she develops equity driven, learning focused, collaborative educational leaders to serve as principals and program administrators. In 2019, the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) awarded the Danforth program the Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation Program Award citing the program's strong focus and emphasis on coherent integrated curriculum and field-based learning designed to develop effective culturally responsive leaders who cultivate leadership in others. For more information on Danforth, visit

Prior to joining, UW, Ann co-designed the Collaborative Urban Leadership Program at the University of Texas in Austin, which developed effective secondary school leaders for Dallas, Houston and Austin-area school districts. Before joining higher education, Along with her colleague, Dr. Mark Gooden, she co-developed, the leadership module Building a Community of Trust through Racial Awareness for the University Council for Educational Administration and has presented at the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Conferences held in Munich, Germany and Athens, Greece. Before her contributions to higher education, Ann devoted eighteen years to PreK-12 public schools as a principal at elementary, middle, and high school levels and served as a special education and general education teacher. Her ongoing research interests include program evaluation, culturally responsive leadership development and district-level influence on school success.

Ed.D. University of Texas-Austin
M.Ed.. University of Texas-Austin
B.A. Illinois State University

O’Doherty, A., (accepted with expected publication 2020). Mentoring and coaching: Educational leadership development. Routledge Encyclopedia of Education. Abingdon, United Kingdom.

Fuller, E. J., Reynolds, A., & O’Doherty, A. (2017). Recruitment, selection, and placement of educational leadership students in Michelle D. Young & Gary Crow, Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders, Routledge, New York, NY.Fuller,

Garza, R., Ovando, M., & O’Doherty, A. (2016). Aspiring school leaders’ perceptions of walkthrough observations. National Council of Professors of Educational Administration NCPEA International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 23 (1).

Young, M. D., Gooden, M. A., & O’Doherty, A., (2015) Preparing leaders to support the education of diverse learners. In M. Khalifa, C. Grant, N. Witherspoon Arnold &  A. F. Osanloo (Eds.), Handbook of Urban Educational Leaders. Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield.

Gooden, M. A. & O’Doherty, A. (2015). Do you see what I see: Fostering aspiring leaders racial   awareness. Urban Education, 50(2), 225-255.

O'Doherty, A., & Orr, M. T. (2013). A case study on leadership preparation program evaluation. In K. L. Sanzo, S. Myran & A. H. Noremore (Eds.), Successful School Leadership Preparation and Development: Lessons Learned from US DoE School Leadership Program Grants. London: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

Orr, M. T., O’Doherty, A., Barber, M. (2012). Designing purposeful and coherent leadership preparation curriculum: A curriculum mapping guide. University Council for Educational Administration, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

O’Doherty, A. & Ovando, M. N. (2013). Looking at the past, visualizing the future: First-year principals’ reflections of instructional leadership. Journal of School Leadership, 23(3), 533-561.

Young, M. D., O'Doherty, A., Gooden, M. A., & Goodnow, E. J. (2011). Measuring change in leadership identify and problem-framing. Journal of School Leadership, 21(5), 704-734.

O’Doherty, A. (2011). Incorporating coaching into a principal preparation program. UCEA Review, University Council for Educational Administration, Austin, TX. Winter, 18-22.

O'Doherty, A., & Ovando, M. N. (2009). Drivers of success: One district’s process for closing achievement gaps in a post–No Child Left Behind context. Journal of School Leadership, 19 (1), 6-32.

O'Doherty, A. (2009). District-driven success: Research and implications for large-scale reform. In University Council for Educational Administration (Ed.), Implications from UCEA (Vol. October). Austin, TX.

O'Doherty, A. (2007). District-level success: A case study to determine how a Recognized Texas school district made progress in closing achievement gaps with all students. Ed.D. Dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin.