Faculty & Research

At the intersection of theory and practice.

This is where we form the new public policy agenda—one that empowers leaders to navigate the complex realities of a fluid world. To go beyond analysis and evaluation to form a strategic vision that produces tangible results.

That’s why we’ve attracted some of the best faculty from a range of disciplines—those who are eager to abandon academic silos and tackle real problems. They teach at Batten because they know that they can pursue their passions (on display in the books our faculty write) and share what drives them with students who are capable of building on that momentum.

You can see it in the projects our students take on. Before they graduate, their names are published alongside some of the most wellregarded experts. That’s because we created our program on policy immersion—giving our students more projects, policy simulations and field experiences than our peer institutions.

We also value cross-disciplinary collaboration. In 2010, we founded the Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness. It’s a strategic partnership between the Curry School of Education and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; bringing together researchers from across the University of Virginia and the State to focus on educational policy and the competitiveness of labor in an era of globalization.