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Christopher Roellke Professor of Education and Dean of the College Emeritus

Christopher Roellke is Dean of the College and Professor of Education at Vassar. He earned his BA degree in political science from Wesleyan University and his MS and PhD degrees in educational administration from Cornell University. Prior to entering the doctoral program at Cornell, he taught secondary school history and social studies in rural, suburban, and urban settings.

His research interests are in the politics and economics of education, teacher education, and secondary school reform. His most recent publications include articles in The Journal of Education Finance; Education and Urban Society; The Peabody Journal of Education; School Business Affairs; Education Finance and Policy; Leadership, Policy and Schools; The Teachers College Record; and The Economics of Education Review. He recently completed a multi-state study of teacher recruitment and retention policy funded by the Economic Policy Institute and the MetLife Foundation. He is co-editor (with Jennifer King Rice, University of Maryland) of a book series titled, Research in Education Fiscal Policy and Practice: Local, National and Global Perspectives. Volume One on fiscal issues in urban schools was released in Fall, 2002 (IAP Press). The next volume in the series, focused on high stakes accountability in education, is in final stages of preparation and will be published in 2008. Roellke is Past President of the American Education Finance Association (AEFA).

He is also the Founding Director of the Vassar College Urban Education Initiative (VCUEI), an urban education outreach and professional development project funded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. In 2005-06, Roellke was a Visiting Scholar at Yale Law School, conducting research on school finance litigation.

  • BA, Wesleyan University; MS, PhD, Cornell University
  • At Vassar since 1998


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