Faculty News

Two join Educational Leadership and Policy faculty; School adds Distinguished Educator

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Dana Thompson Dorsey



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Eric Houck


Two new faculty members – Dana Thompson Dorsey, J.D., Ph.D., and Eric A. Houck, Ph.D., – have joined the School of Education’s educational leadership and policy area. Martinette Horner also has joined the School as its P-12 Distinguished Educator.

“I feel very encouraged that we have added scholars of such high caliber to our community,” said Dean Bill McDiarmid. “I think it shows we can continue to attract scholars who recognize the opportunities that the exceptionally welcoming and intellectually vibrant School and University communities offer.”

Thompson Dorsey, who joins the School as an assistant professor, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. She earned her juris doctor degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She comes to Carolina from the University of Illinois where she served as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at the College of Education and Human Services.

Prior to the University of Illinois, Dorsey served as director of research and consulting at the University of Virginia’s National Center for Women and Information Technology Extension Services and as a senior research associate at COSMOS Corp., a social science research, evaluation and policy analysis firm in Bethesda, Md.

Thompson Dorsey’s research, teaching and publication interests include race-based educational policies and equity issues, education law, and critical race theory.
Houck, who holds a B.A. in English from Carolina and joins the school as an associate professor, obtained his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University. He joins the School after serving as an assistant professor in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia.

He has also worked as a policy research fellow at the University of Georgia’s Education Policy and Evaluation Center and as an adjunct assistant professor at Vanderbilt.

Houck has been involved in public schools, having served as an English teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for four years. He also has served as director of partnerships and research for the Wake Education Partnership and as the business alliance coordinator for the Wake County Public School System. While in Georgia, he served on that state’s Race to the Top grant-writing committee.

Houck’s research and publication interests include state funding formulas, local district school finance policies, school district efficiency, and topics such as student assignment and teacher quality.

Horner joins the School of Education following a career in Orange County schools as a teacher, assistant principal and principal.

Horner is a 1996 graduate of Carolina, where she received a B.A. in Education and was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. She holds a master’s of school administration from UNC-Greensboro.

Horner has worked in Orange County schools as a classroom teacher, district mentor for beginning teachers, assistant principal at Pathways Elementary School and as principal at Hillsborough Elementary School.

She is a National Board Certified Teacher and has been a North Carolina Principal Fellow at UNC-Greensboro.