Jennifer Stephens

Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) Department

Jennifer Stephens headshot

Teacher Education Fellows Program Director, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Office: 114B Guilford Hall
Website:  Teacher Education Fellows

Research Interest

  • Teacher leadership
  • Residential colleges
  • Integrated and applied learning
  • Rural education
  • Critical place-based pedagogies


  • Ph.D. in Educational Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • M.S. in Counselor Education, North Carolina State University
  • B.A. in Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • North Carolina Teaching License: Elementary Education (K-6), Middle Grades Language Arts (6-9), Middle Grades Social Studies (6-9)
  • National Certified Counselor (#238981)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (NC, #7886)


Dr. Stephens is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Director of the Teacher Education Fellows Program, which exists in partnership with the UTLC’s Residential Colleges. She also serves as a N.C. Education Policy Fellow and an editor of the Journal of Ethical Educational Leadership. She is guided by the principles that learning is a holistic endeavor encompassing the intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the human experience; teaching and learning are reciprocal processes involving both teachers and students; and learning should extend beyond the classroom in ways that are both practical (what is) and theoretical (what is possible).

Link to Dr. Stephens’ CV