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Joseph Waddington, Ph.D.

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

Dr. Joseph Waddington is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation, joining the faculty 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 a M.A. in Statistics from the University of Michigan. He also earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame.

In Dr. Waddington’s research, he applies quantitative methods to questions of K-12 educational policy and practice. His primary research focuses on the understanding the variation in impacts of school choice programs and policies, including 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. He has published research on school choice with colleagues in Education Finance and Policy, Education Next, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and has a forthcoming book with colleagues titled School Choice at the Crossroads: Research Perspectives (Routledge, 2019). 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 I (EPE/EDP 557) and II (EPE/EDP 558); Advanced Topics and Methods of Evaluation in Education (EPE/EDP/ANT 621); and multiple offerings in the Advanced Quantitative Methods (EPE/EDP 711) series, including “Causal and Quasi-Experimental Research Methods in Education” and “Categorical Data Analysis.” Future course offerings include a seminar on K-12 school choice policies (EPE 525/773).

Vita (PDF)

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