Brendan Bartanen is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University. Beginning in Fall 2019, he will be an Assistant Professor in the department of Educational Administration & Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University. His research aims to improve educational equity by increasing 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. His dissertation focuses on school principals, including identifying principal improvement, principal effects on student attendance, and the impact of principal turnover on school performance. He was awarded the 2019 New Scholar Award from the Association for Education Finance and Policy.
Brendan’s research draws on large-scale, longitudinal administrative data from Tennessee and Missouri, 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, he co-authored an article at Education Finance and Policy that investigates the connection between principal effectiveness and principal turnover. 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, racial gaps in teacher turnover rates, and the relationship between principal race and the racial composition of a school’s teaching staff.
Prior to his doctoral studies at Vanderbilt, Brendan taught middle school science at a high-poverty school in Phoenix. He earned his B.A. in economics from Pomona College and his M.Ed. in secondary education from Arizona State University.