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R. Joseph Waddington, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation
134A Taylor Education Building
(859) 257-8666

Dr. Joseph Waddington 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 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. For more information on Dr. Waddington’s research, please view his short College of Education EdTalks video.

Dr. Waddington regularly teaches the EPE/EDP 660 course on research design and regression analysis. His other course offerings have included the following: Gathering, Analyzing, and Using Educational Data II (EPE/EDP 558); Advanced Topics and Methods of Evaluation in Education (EPE/EDP/ANT 621); Advanced Quantitative Methods: “Causal and Quasi-Experimental Research Methods in Education” (EPE/EDP 711); and Advanced Quantitative Methods: “Categorical Data Analysis” (EPE/EDP 711). Future offerings include courses on longitudinal data analysis and a seminar on school choice policies.

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Research categories: Statistics, Policy, Charter SchoolsResearch MethodsQuantitative and Psychometric Methods, School Choice