Megan Barrett

Clinical Assistant Professor; Program Director of Administrative Licensure; Co-Director of the Wallace Foundation Grant

Dr. Megan Barrett is the Program Director for Administrative Licensure, and is also an instructor in the Principal Program, the Professional Administrator Program, and the Doctoral program. She has worked as both a teacher and a school administrator, and brings expertise on supporting and re-engaging students who have dropped out or have been pushed out of school. Dr. Barrett’s work focuses on school leadership practices that foster care, belonging, and well-being for students and staff, with a particular focus on recognizing and supporting students and staff who are traditionally marginalized in/by schools. Dr. Barrett also has additional expertise in equity-centered leadership preparation, program redesign, district-university partnerships, and best practices for developing pipelines and pathways to leadership and licensure. 

Areas of Expertise

Care and belonging in schools, equity and social justice, alternative education, educational administration and leadership, culturally responsive leadership, trauma-informed educational practices, collaborative leadership, school culture and climate, educator professional development, equity-centered leadership development, university-district partnerships, leadership pathways and pipelines


Barrett, M. (2021). “These People Are My People and They Care About Me”: the Perspectives of Alternative High School Graduates on School Belonging (Doctoral dissertation, Lewis & Clark College).


Barrett, M., Galloway, M., Collins, L. (2022). Examination of a University–District Partnership for the Preparation of Equity Leaders. Presented at the University Council of Educational Administration Conference, Seattle, Washington.

Academic Credentials

2021 - EdD, Educational Leadership, Lewis & Clark College

2014 - Principal License, Lewis & Clark College

2003 - M.ED, Curriculum and Instruction, Portland State University

2000 - BA, English, Reed College