Brendan Bartanen is an Assistant Professor in the department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University and a recent graduate from the department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University. His research aims to increase our understanding of the labor market for principals and teachers. In particular, his work examines the intersections among educator turnover, measures of effectiveness, high-stakes evaluation systems, and educator diversity. He was awarded the 2019 New Scholar Award from the Association for Education Finance and Policy.
Bartanen’s research draws on large-scale, longitudinal administrative data, and he has worked extensively with the Tennessee Education Research Alliance (TERA), a research-practice partnership between Vanderbilt University and the Tennessee Department of Education. Among his recently published work is an article in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis showing that principal turnover negatively affects student achievement and teacher retention. Additionally, he co-authored an article in the American Educational Research Journal that demonstrates that effective principals are better at strategic retention—retaining effective teachers and “failing to retain” ineffective teachers. His other projects include race and gender gaps in teacher observation scores, estimating principal effects on student attendance, and the relationship between principal race and the racial composition of a school’s teaching staff.