Dr. Erika Hunt
Senior Policy Analyst and Researcher
Center for the Study of Education Policy
Department of Educational Administration and Foundations
Dr. Erika Hunt is a senior policy analyst and researcher in the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University. Hunt brings experience in state policy as a former staff member for Governor Jim Edgar. She serves on several state task forces, including the Governor’s P-20 Council and co-chairs the P-20 Council Committee on Teacher and Leadership Effectiveness, which has worked on initiatives around building a diverse educator pipeline, teacher and principal preparation accountability measures, and teacher leadership. Hunt currently directs a $4.6 million U.S. DOE School Leadership Grant. She also directed a $6 million Wallace Foundation statewide school leadership grant that resulted in key state policy changes, including the redesign of all principal preparation programs under new program requirements. This work was recognized by the Education Commission of the States for the 2014 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation . Hunt has also worked on the design of an online training program for the state’s teacher and principal performance evaluation system and is currently working on early learning supports for PreK-3 teachers based on the Danielson Framework for Teaching as well as the sustainability support for the i3 Midwest Expansion of the Child Parent Center initiative. In addition to this work, Hunt is a small business owner of an early childhood center, which has grounded her policy and research with practical application. Hunt received her bachelor's in English at Illinois College, master's in higher education administration from Illinois State University and Ph.D. in education policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.