Brendan Bartanen is an Assistant Professor in the department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University. He is also a research affiliate of the Tennessee Education Research Alliance (TERA), a research-practice partnership between Vanderbilt University and the Tennessee Department of Education. 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 and the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association (Division L).
Bartanen’s work has appeared in leading education journals, including the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Researcher, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and Education Finance and Policy. Among his recently published work is an article showing that principal turnover negatively affects student achievement and teacher retention. Additionally, he has examined principal effects on student attendance and the impact of principal race on teacher workforce composition and student achievement. His current projects include race and gender gaps in high-stakes teacher observation scores, the relationship between evaluation ratings of student teachers and workforce entry, and the validity and reliability of principal value-added models.
Brendan earned his Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from the department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University. He also holds a master’s degree in Secondary Education from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Pomona College. Prior to earning his doctorate, he was an 8th grade science teacher at C.O. Greenfield School in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington.