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Elizabeth (Covay) Minor


Associate Professor, Educational Leadership
Program Chair, M.Ed/Ed.S Educational Leadership

Programs/Classes Taught:

Dr. Minor specializes in educational research, data use, and sociology of education. She teaches courses in Educational Leadership. These courses include research courses as well as change leadership courses.

Areas of Expertise:

Sociology of Education Statistics and Methods


Elizabeth (Covay) Minor's research focuses on inequality in student opportunities to learn and how social context is related to differences in access to, returns to, and experiences within student opportunities to learn. Following the completion of her PhD, she was selected for an IES Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Before coming to National Louis, Beth worked as the Research Director for the Michigan Consortium for Educational Research at Michigan State University evaluating the Michigan Merit Curriculum.


PhD, Sociology, University of Notre Dame MA, Sociology, University of Notre Dame BA, Sociology, Baldwin-Wallace University (formerly Baldwin-Wallace College), Berea, Ohio

Research and Interests:

Research Interests:

Opportunities to learn, achievement gap, educational leadership

Peer Review Publications:

Covay Minor, Elizabeth, Guan Saw, Kenneth Frank, Barbara Schneider, and Kaitlin Torphy. Forthcoming “External Contextual Factors, Teacher Turnover and Student Achievement: The Case of Michigan High Schools.” Teachers College Record.

Covay Minor, Elizabeth, Andrew C. Porter, Joseph Murphy, Ellen Goldring, & Stephen N. Elliott. 2017. “Developing Effective Leaders Requires Valid, High Quality   Psychometrically Sound, and Reliable Tools: A Test-Retest Analysis of The Vanderbilt Assessment for Leadership in Education.” Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability 29(2), 211-224.

Covay Minor, Elizabeth, Laura Desimone, Jade Caines Lee, & Eric Hochberg. 2016. “Insights on How to Shape Teacher Learning Policy: The Role of Teacher Content Knowledge in Explaining Differential Effects of Professional Development.” Education Policy Analysis Archives 24(60).

Covay Minor, Elizabeth. 2016. “Racial Differences in Math Test Scores for Advanced Math Students.” The High School Journal 99(3).

Covay Minor, Elizabeth. 2016. “Classroom Composition and Racial Differences in Opportunities to Learn” Journal of Education for Students Placed At-Risk 20:238-262.

Covay Minor, Elizabeth, Laura Desimone, Kristie J.R. Phillips & Kailey Spencer. 2015 “A New Look at the Opportunity to Learn Gap across Race and Income.” American Journal of Education 121(2).

Covay Minor, Elizabeth. 2014. “Student Race and Differences in Teacher Perceptions of Student Academic Ability.” Teachers College Record 116(10).

Covay Minor, Elizabeth, Andrew C. Porter, Joseph Murphy, Ellen B. Goldring, Xiu Cravens, & Stephen N. Elliott. 2014. “A Known Group Analysis Study of the Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education.” Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability 26: 29-48.

Carbonaro, William, Brandy J. Ellison, & Elizabeth Covay. 2011. “Gender Inequalities in the College Pipeline.” Social Science Research 40(1): 120-135.

Carbonaro, William & Elizabeth Covay. 2010. “School Sector and Student Achievementin the Era of Standards Based Reforms.” Sociology of Education 83(2):160-182.

Covay, Elizabeth & William Carbonaro. 2010. “After the Bell: Participation in Extracurricular Activities, Classroom Behavior, and Academic Achievement.”  Sociology of Education 83(1):20-45.

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