• 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 and Practice
  • Principal and Teacher Supervision (Instructional Leadership, Evidence-based Feedback Systems, School/District Improvement Planning)
  • Social Justice and Equity in Education
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native and Indigenous Experiences in K-12 and Higher Education
  • Linguistic Discrimination in K-12 and Higher Education
  • Qualitative Research Methods


Chris Scott specializes in principal and superintendent leadership preparation. After 15 years in public school and district leadership, he joined the School of Education in 2017. In addition to teaching, advising and supervising graduate educational leadership students, he has also designed and delivered professional development on transformational and instructional leadership both in the US and abroad.


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.