Dr. Waddington

photo of Dr. Richard Joseph WaddingtonR. Joseph Waddington, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2012. Assistant Professor

Dr. Joe Waddington (vita in PDF) joined the EPE faculty as an assistant professor in 2015. Previously, he was a postdoctoral research associate with the University of Notre Dame Institute for Educational Initiatives. Dr. Waddington earned a Ph.D. (2012) in Educational Studies and M.A. in Statistics from the University of Michigan through the School of Education’s Quantitative Research Methods in Education dual-degree program. He also earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame.

In Dr. Waddington’s research, he applies quantitative methods to important questions of K-12 educational policy and practice. His primary topical interests are centered on school choice programs and policies, with a particular focus on the effectiveness of charter schools and school voucher programs. He and colleagues are currently involved in research using longitudinal data in Indiana, investigating the conditions under which choice is or is not effective in traditional public, charter, magnet, and private schools. His other topical research interests include STEM education and learning analytics, while other methodological interests involve the use of causal and quasi-experimental methods.

Dr. Waddington regularly teaches the EPE/EDP 660 course on research design and regression analysis. His other past, present, and future course offerings include the following graduate courses: Gathering, Analyzing, and Using Educational Data II (EPE/EDP 558), Advanced Topics and Methods of Evaluation in Education (EPE/EDP/ANT 621), and Advanced Quantitative Methods (future offerings include: “Causal & Quasi-Experimental Research Methods in Education”; “Longitudinal Data Analysis”; “Categorical Data Analysis”) (EPE/EDP 711).