Joshua Childs is an assistant professor of Educational Policy and Planning (EPP) in the Department of Educational Administration. Joshua received his PhD in Learning Sciences and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh. Joshua's research focuses on the role of interorganizational networks, cross-sector collaborations, and strategic alliances to address complex educational issues. Specifically, his work examines collaborative approaches involving community organizations and stakeholders that have the potential to improve academic achievement and reduce opportunity gaps for students in urban and rural schools.
Dr. Childs teaches both M.ED and Ph.D courses in the EPP program. He has most recently taught Policy Implementation, Organizational Design, Research Methods, and an advanced seminar on networks.
Childs, J. & Russell, J.L.. (n.d.). Turning around low-achieving schools: Building state capacity to support improvement through Race to the Top.. Urban Education.
Jimerson, J.B.. & Childs, J. (n.d.). Signal and symbol: How state and local polices address data-informed Practice.. Educational Policy.
Milner, H.R.., Laughter, J.. & Childs, J.. (n.d.). Developing teacher leadership for equity in urban schools.. Handbook for Urban Educational Leadership..
Russell, J.L.., Meredith, J.., Childs, J.., Stein, M.K.. & Prine, D.W.. (n.d.). Designing inter-organizational networks to implement education reform: An analysis of state Race to the Top applications.. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.
University of Pittsburgh School of Education Outstanding Dissertation Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Education (2016)
Minority Dissertation Fellowship (Declined), American Educational Research Association (2015 - 2016)
David L. Clark Scholar, University Council for Educational Administration (2013 - 2014)
Barbara Jackson Scholar, University Council for Educational Administration (2011 - 2013)