Joyce L. Epstein


  • Community involvement
  • Leadership
  • Parent involvement

Joyce L. Epstein is director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and National Network of Partnership Schools and research professor of sociology and education at Johns Hopkins University. Epstein has over 100 publications on the nature and effects of family and community involvement, including a handbook for educators and a textbook for college courses for future teachers. In 1995, she established NNPS to help educators develop research-based programs of family and community engagement linked to student success. Among other awards, she was named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association in 2009 and received the 2009 Cohen Award for Applied Research from AERA’s Sociology of Education SIG. Her research focuses on how district and school leadership affects the quality of school programs of family and community involvement and results for students. In her work, she is interested in the connections of research, policy and practice.