Professor Liz Hollingworth is a faculty member in the College of Education at the University of Iowa and the Interim Departmental Executive Officer for the Educational Policy and Leadership Studies Department. Her research focuses on issues of leadership, evaluation, and assessment: in particular, how school reform policies affect classroom practice, evaluation, and school administration. Dr. Hollingworth has served as the Director of the Center for Evaluation and Assessment since 2015, working with a team of staff and graduate students to conduct multiple forms of program evaluation in collaboration with colleges, universities, and school systems.
In her capacity as a Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Iowa, she has worked with Iowa school principals and superintendents for over a decade and has built strong relationships with school district leaders, as well as with the staff at the Iowa Department of Education. This work with Iowa school districts has included training and evaluation on issues of curriculum, school improvement, student assessment, and school leadership. For example, she was part of a team that trained teachers across the state for five years in the use of formative assessment practices in high school classrooms. The implementation of the training was then evaluated by Dr. Hollingworth and a team of doctoral students in Educational Leadership with classroom and professional development observations, as well as interviews with teachers and leaders.
Dr. Hollingworth attends the annual School Administrators of Iowa conference and is a member and Past-President of the Iowa Council of Professors of Educational Administration. These professional groups support the professional development of in-service school leaders. Dr Hollingworth is also the co-editor of both the first and second editions of Organization and Administration of Iowa Public and Private Schools, a text used in the preparation of Iowa school leaders. In October 2017, Dr. Hollingworth was inducted into the Iowa Academy of Education (IAE). The IAE is composed of outstanding Iowa scholars whose work has earned respect and recognition among peers for making a significant contribution to the broad field of educational studies.
Nationally, Dr. Hollingworth has served as Secretary of Division A of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and has served as the Chair and Past-Chair of the Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership Special Interest Group of AERA, on the Executive Committee of UCEA, and was awarded the 2015 UCEA Distinguished Service Award for extraordinary commitment, excellence, leadership, productivity, generosity, and service.