Alison Heape

Alison Heape

212 Graduate Education Building
College of Education and Health Professions
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Alison is a Distinguished Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. Alison holds a B.S. in music education from the Bob Jones University College of Education and an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Grand Canyon University College of Education. Alison taught in the Greenville County School District in South Carolina for three years and became increasingly passionate about school finance and school choice, participating in advocacy efforts calling for K-12 finance reform in South Carolina. She also interned in the legislative office of the American Association of Christian Schools in Washington, D.C. during the COVID-19 pandemic, researching funding available to private schools through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund and the Paycheck Protection Fund. Alison's research has examined parents' schooling choices during the COVID-19 pandemic, disparities in charter school funding, the academic and civic effects of private schooling, and the Arkansas teacher pipeline. She has presented research at the Association for Education Finance and Policy annual conference and participated in EdChoice Academy and the Education Policy Academy at the American Enterprise Institute.

University of Arkansas - PhD in Education Policy (Anticipated 2025)

Grand Canyon University - M.A. in TESOL

Bob Jones University - B.S. in Music Education

K-12 school finance

School choice

Teacher pipeline