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Felicia Hurwitz

Program: Ph.D., Education, Specialization: Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics

Year of Completion: 2020

Dissertation Title: The Importance of Household Environments for Early Language Development of Head Start Children

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Henry May

Felicia Hurwitz

Current Position

Researcher at Mathematica

Current Research

Dr. Hurwitz works primarily on projects in early childhood and education including designing early childhood instruments to measure classroom quality, creating professional development activities to support the early childhood workforce, and developing and disseminating evidence-based practices for educators.


Recent Publications

  • Hurwitz, F., and A. Burwick. “Using Logic Models to Guide the Planning and Evaluation of Complex Initiatives.” Princeton, NJ: Mathematica, 2019.
  • Malick, S., Hurwitz, F., & Bennett, H. (2020). Learning remotely in the age of COVID-19: Lessons from evidence and concerns for equity webinar [Webinar]. Mathe­matica. https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/midatlantic/app/Docs/Events/Remote_Learning_Webinar_Slides_508.pdf
  • Bleeker, Martha, Jaimie Grazi, and Felicia Hurwitz. “Go-Learn-Grow: Improving the School Attendance of New Jersey’s Youngest Learners.” Toolkit for the Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic Strengthening the Early Education Alliance. Princeton, NJ: Mathematica, 2019.

Why did you choose to pursue your PhD at CEHD? What was it about the university/school that drew you here?

“I was looking for a program that could provide a solid foundation in both content and methodological approaches to support my future career goals. Meeting with students and faculty in advance of making my decision helped me feel confident that UD would be the place for me. I felt support for my career goals even before I officially said, “yes.” I am proud to say UD delivered, and I left the program with a solid academic foundation in early childhood and education combined with the rigors of advanced quantitative methods.”


Can you share on positive memory that has stuck with you since you left UD?

“I will always remember the support I received from faculty throughout my time at UD. For example, I often felt like my advisor, Henry May, was my biggest cheerleader. His encouragement helped motivate me to combat challenges that came up throughout my dissertation project. In addition, I knew that other faculty were also invested in my growth. At events such as the Steele Symposium, I will always remember being greeted with genuine interest in my progress in the program. I was able to build professional relationships that will last well beyond my time at UD.”


Updated on September 15, 2020