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Gary W. Ritter, Ph.D.

Dean; Professor


Ph.D., Education Policy and Leadership, University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Public Policy and Management, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
M.A., Social Policy, University of Manchester, Manchester, England
B.A., Finance, John Carroll University

Practice Areas

  • Program Evaluation
  • Issues in Education Policy
  • Research Methods in Education

Research Interests

  • Access to Postsecondary Education for Low-Income Students
  • Teacher Quality, Teacher Pay, and Teacher Training
  • School Discipline Practices and Disparities
  • Impacts of Public Charter Schools

Publications and Media Placements

Swanson, Elise & Ritter, Gary W. (Forthcoming 2018). Using Classroom Observations and Student Surveys to Evaluate Alternatively Certified Teachers: A Case-Study of the Arkansas Teacher Corps. Journal of School Leadership. (Submitted August 2017; Accepted February 2018; currently in Press)

Ritter, G. W. 2018. Reviewing the Progress of School Discipline Reform. Peabody Journal of Education. 93, 2, 133-138.

Ritter, G. W. & Anderson, K. P.  2018. Examining Disparities in Student Discipline: Mapping Inequities from Infractions to Consequences. Peabody Journal of Education. 93, 2, 161-173.

 Foreman, L.M., Anderson, K.P., Ritter, G.W., & Wolf, P.J. 2017. Using “Broken” Lotteries to Check the Validity of Charter School Evaluations Using Matching Designs.  Educational Policy. Prepublished November 21, 2017.

Anderson, K. P., & Ritter, G. W. 2017. Disparate use of exclusionary discipline: Evidence on inequities in school discipline from a U.S. state. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 25(49).

Rose, C., Maranto, R.A., and Ritter, G.W. 2017. From the Delta Banks to Upper Ranks: An Evaluation of KIPP Charter Schools in Rural Arkansas.  Educational Policy, 31, 2, 180-201.

Ritter, G.W., Jensen, N.C., Kisida, B., & Bowen, D.H. 2016. Urban School Choice and Integration: The Effect of Charter Schools in Little Rock.  Education and Urban Society, 48, 6, 535-555.