Seeking to Create Positive Change

East High class of 1995 alumna Elizabeth O’Callaghan, PhD has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration, academic research, and graduate-level teaching. She has published books and research articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics including the glass ceiling in higher education for women and people of color. 

Elizabeth works in a high-energy, research-intensive, and student-centered university setting. Employed as an instructor for the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Elizabeth is focused on providing support and encouragement to graduate students in a variety of classroom, professional, and academic settings. She also supports the writing efforts of faculty and staff across art, health, and educational disciplines as an editor and content strategist. In addition, she is a strong advocate for local public schools. As a former MMSD student and the parent to four current students Elizabeth shared, "One of the main reasons for returning to Madison after living and working in other cities was the strong system of public education. My husband and I chose to raise a family in Madison in large part due to the strength of the public schools." She is a current board member for the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools.

Elizabeth is a friendly, compassionate, and approachable community leader. She is constantly seeking to make connections in her local community among individuals that are working to create positive change. She is an honorable alum — we are fortunate to count her as a member of this network!

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