Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy & Practice at UW-Madison School of Law; and Former Dean of the UW-Madison School of Education

Julie’s passion for education and the health of our public schools has been a hallmark of her academic and administrative career, and she brings a depth of academic research and breadth of institutional connections to her role with WeThinkBig.

Julie Underwood is a nationally recognized authority on school law and former dean of the UW-Madison School of Education. Prior to serving as Dean, she taught on the faculty of the Department of Educational Administration. She also served as chair of the Department of Educational Administration, associate dean of the School of Education, and co-director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Policy at the Robert M. La Follette Institute of Public Affairs.

In addition to her work at UW Madison, she served as dean of Miami University’s School of Education and Allied Professions, and associate executive director and general counsel for the National School Boards Association in Washington, D.C. where she led a legal advocacy program on behalf of the nation’s public school boards, including producing friend-of-the-court briefs and legal strategies before the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts. She also was responsible for the 3,000-member Council of School Attorneys.

She has co-authored several books, including School Law for Teachers (Prentice Hall, 2005), Legal Aspects of Special Education and Pupil Services (Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1994), and The Principal’s Legal Handbook (Education Law Association, 1993). She currently serves as the Board Chair of the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools.