Associate Professor of Public Policy and Education, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University

Jason A. Grissom is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Education and (by courtesy) of Political Science. Professor Grissom’s research uses large data sets and draws on the perspectives of political science, public administration, and economics to study the governance of K-12 education, including both its leadership/management and political dimensions. He is particularly interested in identifying the impacts of school and district leaders on teacher and student outcomes. He has ongoing research projects on principal effectiveness, measurement and evaluation of principal job performance, and how principals make human capital or talent management decisions in their schools. Professor Grissom has published numerous articles on district-level leaders as well, including school boards and superintendents, and his article on school board conflict, “Is Discord Detrimental? Using Institutional Variation to Identify the Impact of Public Governing Board Conflict on Outcomes,” won the Beryl Radin Award from the Public Management Research Association for best article published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory in 2014. He also conducts research on mobility among educators, which has included numerous studies of turnover among teachers, principals, and superintendents.

Additionally, with a variety of colleagues, Professor Grissom has published a stream of articles on the concept of bureaucratic representation that investigate how the race and gender composition of the K-12 public education workforce matters for the distribution of resources and outcomes among diverse groups. A 2011 article he coauthored in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management on how teacher-principal race congruence affects teacher job outcomes (“A Supervisor Like Me: Race, Representation, and the Satisfaction and Turnover Decisions of Public Sector Employees)” won the Wilder Award for Scholarship in Social Equity and Public Policy, co-sponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration and the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Professor Grissom holds a Masters degree in Education and a PhD in Political Economics from Stanford University.

Recent Media Mentions

“How Does a Teacher’s Race Affect Which Students Get to be Identified as ‘Gifted’?” Washington Post (link)
“Possible Redemption for No Child Left Behind?” The Atlantic (link) (YouTube)
“NCLB Not So Negative for Teachers, Study Says,” Education Week (link)
“Study: Struggling Miami-Dade Schools Benefited from Teacher Transfers,” Miami Herald (link) (PACE blog entry)
“Study: More Churn at the Top in Large Districts,” Education Week (link)
“Evaluating Principals Through Test Scores: Harder Than You’d Think,” Education Week (link)
“Teacher Raises Earlier In Career Correlates To Better Student Performance: Study,” Huffington Post (link)
“Lower Turnover Rates, Higher Pay for Teachers Who Share Race With Principal, Study Shows,” Science Daily (link)