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Dr. Ocheze Joseph


  • Ed.D., Educational Administration and Policy Studies, University of Maryland College Park,
    College Park, Maryland
  • MS.Ed., Reading Education, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1999
  • B.S., Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Lincoln University, Lincoln University,
    PA, 1996

For over 20 years, Dr. Ocheze Joseph has been a champion for kids. She is passionate about teaching and learning. During her years as an assistant principal, principal intern, elementary principal and university lecturer, she helps teachers and administrators understand best instructional practices as well as leadership practices to help every staff member and student maximize their fullest potential.

Dr. Joseph provides step-by-step mentoring and coaching on several topics. Our kids have the right to have an exemplary education with teachers who are equipped to see the whole child and identify their individual needs.

As a faculty member at Vanderbilt’s Teaching and Learning Department, Dr. Joseph is the site supervisor for the Master’s of Reading program , teaches the Pre-service teachers seminar course, the Master’s of Reading seminar course, and the Elementary and Master’s Responding & Recognizing Diverse Learners course.



  • Comprehensive literacy planning
  • Principal and Assistant principal coaching
  • Preparing leadership teams to lead for equity
  • New teacher support/mentoring
  • Family/Community Engagement



Joseph, O & Stengel, B (March, 2018). Exploring signature pedagogies to develop critical dispositions: Recognizing and Responding to Diverse Learners. Poster presented as part of structured poster session at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Conference,
Baltimore, Maryland.

Joseph, O. (February 24, 2018). Cultural Discourse and Responsiveness in the 21st Century Classroom. Presentation selected at the 1st annual Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance (TECA) Conference. Nashville, Tennessee


2009 DISSERTATION: A Study of the Effectiveness of Mentor Roles in a Rural School District

McGee, E, Miles, M, Naphan, D, Joseph, O. (in press). Black Engineering and Computing
Faculty and the Tension of Equity-Focused Service in STEM

Garraway, R., Joseph, O., Williams, A (in print). Improving Family Engagement in P-12:
The Necessity of Culturally Responsive School Leaders