Directory » BRENDAN BARTANEN
Ph.D., Leadership and Policy Studies, Vanderbilt University (2019)
M.Ed., Secondary Education, Arizona State University (2015)
B.A., Pomona College, Economics (2013)
Educator labor markets
Brendan Bartanen earned his Ph.D. in Leadership and Policy Studies from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in 2019. He subsequently joined the department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development as an assistant professor. 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 research draws on large-scale, longitudinal administrative data, and he has worked extensively with statewide datasets from Tennessee and Missouri. 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.
Bartanen, B. and Grissom, J.A. (in press). School Principal Race, Teacher Racial Diversity, and Student Achievement. Journal of Human Resources .
Bartanen, B. and Kwok, A. (in press). Examining Clinical Teaching Observation Scores as a Measure of Pre-Service Teacher Quality. American Educational Research Journal.
Bartanen, B., Rogers, L.K., and Woo, D.S. (in press). Assistant Principal Mobility and its Relationship with Principal Turnover. Educational Researcher.
Bartanen, B. (2020). Principal Quality and Student Attendance. Educational Researcher 49(2): 101-113.
Bartanen, B., Grissom, J.A., and Rogers, L.K. (2019). The Impacts of Principal Turnover. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 41(3): 350-374.
Grissom, J.A. and Bartanen, B. (2019). Principal Effectiveness and Principal Turnover. Education Finance and Policy 14(3): 355-382.
Grissom, J.A. and Bartanen, B. (2019). Strategic Retention: Principal Effectiveness and Teacher Turnover in Multiple-Measure Teacher Evaluation Systems. American Educational Research Journal 56(2): 514-555.
Grissom, J.A., Bartanen, B., and Mitani, H. (2019). Principal Sorting and the Distribution of Principal Quality. AERA Open 5(2): 1-21.
New Scholar Award, Association for Education Finance and Policy (2019)
Outstanding Dissertation Award, AERA Division L (Educational Policy and Politics)
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