• Ed.D. 2008 – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Educational Leadership
  • M.S.A. 2003 – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Educational Leadership
  • B.S. 1995 – Appalachian State University, Secondary Science and English

Areas of Expertise

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


Chris Scott joined the UNC School of Education in 2017 after over 15 years in school and district leadership.

Chris Scott served as a school principal in both Raleigh, NC and Seattle, WA prior to leading and supervising principals in the Seattle metro. Under his leadership, schools were recognized for national and state recognition, including Washington Achievement Award and Magnet Schools of America School of Excellence Award. He has led magnet, dual language and STEM programs.

Chris Scott served as a secondary Science and English/Language Arts teacher in Greensboro and Raleigh before earning a master’s degree in School Administration from UNC Chapel Hill. As a teacher, he also served on school improvement and leadership teams, coached track and advised student organizations.


Even though Chris Scott serves as a clinical faculty member and balances his teaching with supervision of aspiring principals and superintendents, he also has a continued interest in research that addresses the academic achievement and ethnic identity development of American Indian students in K-12 and higher education. As a doctoral student at UNC, Chris was recognized as a Clark Scholar and his dissertation was received an honorable mention for qualitative research methods by the American Educational Research Association.

His research interest also include the educational experiences of historically marginalized students, school and district leadership for equity and social justice, and leadership preparation.