Luke J. Stedrak, Ed.D.
Department of Education Leadership Management and Policy
Dr. Stedrak's research focuses on the intersection of K-12 school finance and school law with an emphasis on constitutional and statutory rights of students, teachers, and administrators in K-12 public schools. His research is nationally recognized in the fields of school finance and school law. His work is regularly published in the Journal of Education Finance and Educational Considerations, two of the top-tiered journals in the field of K-12 school finance. His research has been referenced in numerous outlets such as Inside Higher Ed, Education Week, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Dr. Stedrak was awarded the National Education Finance Academy Distinguished Research and Practice Fellowship award. This award is given to individuals who have gained national visibility and who have distinguished themselves by continued exemplary research and practice in the field of public education finance, both at the elementary and secondary level, as well as in higher education. The National Education Finance Academy focuses on providing national leadership on integrating educational research and policy in a dynamic way to address critical issues in education.
In 2016, Dr. Stedrak was elected to the Board of Directors of the Education Law Association. ELA is the premier national association that provides information about current legal issues affecting education and the rights of those involved in education in both public and private K-12 schools, universities and colleges.
Dr. Stedrak teaches graduate level courses in school finance, school law, research methods, technology for administrators, and public policy.
- Ed.D., University of Florida, Educational Leadership
- M.A., West Virginia University, Educational Leadership
- M.A., West Virginia University, Secondary Education
- B.S., The Pennsylvania State University, Secondary Education
- Stedrak, L. (2018). State of the states: New Jersey. Journal of Education Finance, 43(3), 283-284.
- Kelchen, R., & Stedrak, L. J. (2016). Does performance-based funding affect colleges’ financial priorities? Journal of Education Finance, 41(3), 302- 321.
- Stedrak, L., & Rose, A. (2015). A Snapshot of State Regulatory Framework Development in Elementary and Secondary Online Education. Educational Considerations, 42(2), 39-43.
- Mezzina, J & Stedrak, L. (2015). Cyberbullying and Schools: Despite Stricter Laws, School Leaders Unsure of Authority. Journal of Education Policy, Planning, and Administration, 5(3), 1-12.
- Locke, L., Stedrak, L., & Eadens, D. (2014). Latina students, an early college high school, and educational opportunity: A case study. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership. 17(1), 59–71. doi: 10.1177/1555458913518540
- Ortagus, J., & Stedrak, L. (2013). Online education and contingent faculty: An exploratory analysis of issues challenges for higher education administrators. Educational Considerations, 40(3), 30-33.
- Tienken, C., Maroun, J., & Stedrak, L. (2018). Predicting PARCC Algebra and English Language Arts Results from Human and Social Capital Variables. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration, Houston, Texas.
- Stedrak, L. (2018). State of the States and Tribal Nations: New Jersey. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the National Education Finance Academy, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- Stedrak, L. (2017). Primary Funding Sources of Virtual Education: A 50 State Analysis. Paper delivered at the Annual Meeting of the National Education Finance Academy, Cincinnati, Ohio.
- Mezzina, J., & Stedrak, L. (2016). Anti-Bullying Laws and the First Amendment. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Education Law Association, Orlando, Florida.
- Brady, K., & Stedrak, L. (2016). Finance Litigation; The Rise in School Finance Litigation in A Post-Recessionary U.S.: Examining the Fiscal and Legal Realities. Paper delivered at the Annual Meeting of the National Education Finance Academy, Jacksonville, Florida.
- Kelchen, R., & Stedrak, L. (2015). Does Performance-Based Funding Affect Colleges’ Financial Priorities? Paper delivered at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, Chicago, Illinois.
- National Education Finance Academy Distinguished Research and Practice Fellowship award, 2015.
- National Education Finance Academy Dissertation of the Year award, 2013.
- University of Southern Mississippi Hampton E. Williams Outstanding Research award, 2013.
- Association for the Advancement of Educational Research Dissertation of the Year award, 2012.