About Us

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Message from the Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies, or ELSIT. We are the newest department in the Graduate College of Education, yet we exist to address some of the oldest, most complex, and persistent challenges in education and society—power, inequality, leadership, technology, and learning.

ELSIT is a complex and highly interdisciplinary department with an array of exciting programs, faculty, and students, ranging from challenging graduate programs to community outreach programs for underserved populations that bring in high school students and community members for their first undergraduate experience.

We sincerely invite you to join us. You will find a vibrant, stimulating community of intellectual inquiry and meaningful praxis focusing on issues of equity and social justice in education.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you are ready for a thoughtful educational challenge. Our priority is your success.

Cordially and with respect,

Doris Flowers

Vision and Mission

ELSIT is a dynamic leader in integrating:

  • educational leadership and administration
  • teaching, learning, and research
  • lifelong learning and scholarship
  • emerging technologies and pedagogies
  • collaboration and networking

Social Justice Leadership

The department prepares professionals to critically examine inequities and work to eradicate them via practices that reduce gaps in achievement and opportunities to learn, and to enable all individuals to reach their full educational potential.

Culture of Community

The department builds a community of practice across faculty and students to prepare education professionals to be innovative thinkers and problem solvers. Students acquire interpersonal fluency and digital expertise required to engage in leadership as socially responsible practitioners and global citizens.


ELSIT (Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies) was formally established as a new department in the Graduate College of Education in Fall, 2012. The department was formed out of two pre-existing departments: DAIS (Department of Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies) and ITEC (Department of Instructional Technologies). After over a year of thoughtful collaborative planning and discussion, the faculties of DAIS and ITEC voted to join forces to create the new, dynamic, and proactive educational unit called ELSIT.

Both DAIS and ITEC have long histories of multiple decades in the Graduate College of Education. At the time of the founding of ELSIT, DAIS was already an interdisciplinary department, consisting of multiple programs dating back to the 1970s, and even earlier. ITEC was formed as a department in the early 1980s, and has long been on the cutting edge of technological and learning innovations in education.