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College of Education

Daniella Hall Sutherland

Assistant Professor, Educational and Organizational Leadership Development

Office: 208 Gnatt Circle
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Educational Background

Ph.D. Educational Leadership
The Pennsylvania State University 2016

Ed.M. Child Studies and Elementary Education
Smith College 2003

B.A. Studio Art
Wellesley College 2000


Daniella Hall Sutherland is an Assistant Professor of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development at Clemson University. Her work examines the intersections of educational leadership and policy in rural communities. Ongoing research includes superintendent - school board relationships, local control, and the enactment of educational equity in rural communities.

Dr. Sutherland received her doctorate from the Pennsylvania State University, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University, where she studied school district organization and improvement. She has previously worked with the Center on Rural Education and Communities at Penn State and the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at University of Pennsylvania. Sutherland is the editorial board chair for The Rural Educator, and an early career scholar for the Spencer Foundation's Rural Equity Research Steering Committee. Her work has been published in Rural Sociology, Educational Policy, Peabody Journal of Education, Education Policy Analysis Archives, Journal of Research in Rural Education, and Education Week, among other journals. Her research on educational equity has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, Clemson University, and the Charleston County School District. Sutherland has received two awards from the National Rural Education Association for her collaborative scholarship, and she received the 2016 Outstanding Dissertation Award in Education Policy and Politics for her study of locally controlled school boards.

Courses Taught

Instructional Leadership I
Issues in Building Level Leadership
Systematic Inquiry in Educational Leadership
Rural Education
Directed Research
Case Study & Ethnography
Program Evaluation
Qualitative Methods

Research Interests

Rural Schools and Communities
School Boards
District Leadership
Educational Equity
Spatial Injustice
Critical Place Based Theory
Education Policy
Qualitative Methods


School Board Sensemaking of Federal and State Accountability Policies

On Resisting “Awayness” and Being a Good Insider: Early Career Scholars Revisit Coladarci’s Swan Song a Decade Later

Politics First: Examining the Practice of the Multi-District Superintendent, EPAA

Organizing and Managing for Excellence and Equity: The Work and Dilemmas of Instructionally Focused Education Systems

Metaphors of Place-Conscious Leadership in the Multidistrict Superintendency: Negotiating Tensions of Place-Consciousness and District-Wide Goal Attainment