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Daniella Hall

Assistant Professor

Office: Old Main 201
Phone: 864-656-3872
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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 Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at University of Pennsylvania, and the Center on Rural Education and Communities at Penn State. Sutherland's work has been published in Educational Policy, the Journal of School Leadership, Education Policy Analysis Archives, Rural Sociology, the Journal of Research in Rural Education, and Education Week, among other journals. In 2017, she received the Outstanding Dissertation Award in Education Policy and Politics for her study of school boards in a locally controlled state.

Courses Taught

Issues in Building Level Leadership (EDL 7050)
Organizational Theory for School Administrators (EDL 7100)
Curriculum Planning & Improvement for School Administrators (EDL 7400)
Systematic Inquiry in Educational Leadership (EDL 9110)
Rural Education (EDIS 9300)
Directed Research (EDL 9880)
Case Study & Ethnography (EDF 9710)
Program Evaluation (EDF 9360)
Qualitative Methods (EDF 9790)

Research Interests

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


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
How Education is Failing Rural America, Education Week
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