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Julian Vasquez Heilig
Dean, Faculty at University of Kentucky
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Julian Vasquez Heilig is the Dean and a Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky College of Education.

He has held a variety of practitioner and research positions in organizations from Boston to Beijing. His leadership experiences have provided formative professional perspectives to bridge research, theory, and practice.

Leadership Role #1. Associate Director, University Council of Educational Administration Research Program Centers (2006-2014)

Leadership Role #2. Director, UT Austin Center for Collaborative Educational Research and Policy (2007-2009)

Leadership Role #3. Coordinator, UT Austin Masters Program in Educational Policy and Planning (2010-2014)

Leadership Role #4. Vice-Chair, UT Austin Department of Educational Administration Graduate Studies Committee (2013-2014)

Leadership Role #5. Director (Appointed chair-level position in CSU), California State Sacramento Doctorate in Educational Leadership (2014-2019)

Leadership Role #6. Dean, University of Kentucky College of Education (2019-present)

His work has been cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, USAToday, Education Week, Huffington Post and other print and electronic media outlets. He has also appeared on local and national radio and TV including PBS, NBC, NBCLatino, NPR, Univision, Al Jazeera and MSNBC.

He has also conveyed invited testimony in state and national legislative bodies, spoken at more than 25 universities and given prestigious addresses such as the Brodie Lecture and the Cambridge Forum.

Julian obtained his Ph.D. in Education Administration and Policy Analysis and a Masters in Sociology from Stanford University. He also holds a Masters of Higher Education and a Bachelor’s of History and Psychology from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

He blogs at Cloaking Inequity, consistently rated one of the top 50 education websites in the world by Teach100. Follow him on Twitter @ProfessorJVH.