Angela Urick, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership in the School of Education at Baylor University. Prior to coming to Baylor, she was a tenured Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Educational Development and Research (CEDaR) at the University of Oklahoma. In her academic program, she trains aspiring K-12 leaders as well as education administrators in other government, non-profit or religious organizations. She specializes in leadership for school improvement for more equitable student opportunities. Through her work on academic climate and the relationship between principals and teachers, she uses innovative applications of theory and advanced quantitative techniques to understand the broader complexities of how leadership and policy decisions may influence school progress.
From 2015-2017, Dr. Urick served as PI on a faculty research grant from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), sponsored by the National Science Foundation, to study the extent that instructional leadership may mediate the effects of student economic disadvantage on opportunity to learn. Her work has been published in Leadership and Policy in Schools, Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of Educational Administration, Journal of Education Finance, among others.
Dr. Urick has won awards for her research and teaching. Most notable, she won the 2018 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division A (Administration, Organization, & Leadership) Early Career Award. In 2016, she received the Patricia L. Hardré Excellence in Graduate Mentoring from the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Urick has held national leadership positions in her field. She has served as an elected executive council member, including chair, for the AERA Leadership for School Improvement Special Interest Group. Also, within AERA, she has been involved with Division A as a section chair for the annual meeting program, a co-chair for the Early Career Scholar Mentoring Seminar, and chair for the Early Career Scholar Award.