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Scott, Christopher

Clinical Assistant Professor

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"There must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures."

- bell hooks

"Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore."

- Cesar Chavez


In joining the faculty at UNC Chapel Hill, Dr. Chris Scott brings almost 20 years of professional teaching and leadership experience in public education. A native of Robeson County, North Carolina and member of the Lumbee Tribe, he began his career as a secondary teacher after earning a baccalaureate from Appalachian State University as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. He earned a Master's in School Administration in 2003 and a doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2008, both from UNC Chapel Hill. As a doctoral student at UNC, Dr. Scott conducted research that integrates disciplines of sociolinguistics, Native American K-12 and higher education, heuristic inquiry and ethnic identity development to complete his dissertation.

Dr. Scott has led elementary and secondary schools in both North Carolina and Washington. His practical expertise stems from principal leadership in Gifted and Talented, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Dual Language, and Title 1 schools, where he has partnered with stakeholders to implement and sustain equitable systems and socially just practices to address racial and economic disparities in achievement and discipline data. Under his leadership, schools earned recognition from Magnet Schools of America, the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Center for Educational Effectiveness. In his most recent role, he served on the superintendent's cabinet as a Learning Improvement Officer in the Seattle, Washington metro, supervising elementary and secondary principals and facilitating professional development in alignment with the district's strategic plan.

Research Interests

  • School/District Leadership Preparation
  • Native American K-12 and Higher Education
  • Social Justice and Equity
  • Ethnic Identity Development


  • EDUC 727: The Social Context of Educational Leadership
  • EDUC 735-956: Seminar on Internship I
  • EDUC 736-005: Seminar and Supervised Internship in Educational Administration I
  • EDUC 740-001: Cultural Leadership for the School Executive
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