Emily House, Ph.D.

Ed.D. Program

Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations

Emily House is the chief policy and strategy officer for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). In this capacity, she develops and executes THEC’s research agenda, investigating issues in higher education related to access, affordability, retention and completion. Her team publishes the set of annual legislative reports for which THEC is responsible and responds to requests from legislators and policymakers for data and information.

Emily facilitates THEC’s involvement with the Tennessee Longitudinal Data System and works very closely with Gov. Bill Haslam’s staff to design, implement and evaluate the effects of various Drive to 55 initiatives, including the Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect programs. She holds degrees in public policy from Cornell University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Michigan and has a Ph.D. in education from the University of Michigan.