Catharine Biddle

Cat BiddleAssistant Professor of Educational Leadership

333 Merrill Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-574

Bio: Dr. Biddle’s research focuses on ways in which rural schools and communities respond to social and economic change in the 21st century. She is particularly interested in how schools can more effectively leverage partnerships with external organizations or groups to address issues of social inequality and how non-traditional leaders—such as youth, parents and other community members—may lead or serve as partners in these efforts. Her interests are driven by her professional background in community development that leverages schools. Prior to joining the faculty at UMaine, she spent five years as a research affiliate with the Center on Rural Education and Communities at the Pennsylvania State University and two years as the managing editor of the Journal of Research in Rural Education. Dr. Biddle also served as the executive director of the Nanubhai Education Foundation, an international education nonprofit working in rural India, and as an out of school time educator for the national nonprofit organization Citizen Schools.

Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Courses taught at UMaine

  • EAD560: Functions and Theories of Educational Leadership
  • EAD563: Individual Leadership: Problems, Paradoxes and Possibilities
  • EAD565: Inquiry and Evaluation in Schools
  • EHD590: Rural School and Community Leadership
  • EHD657: Doctoral Practicum in Research Methods

Sample publications

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