Technical Proficiencies

  • Programming proficiency includes Python, Javascript/jQuery, Perl, Java, C, with passing experience with several others. Experienced in polyglot systems and Agile development processes.
  • Visualization platform proficiency includes Qlik and Shiny.
  • Expertise in database design, development, and use; includes schema design (3NF / BCNF) for large scale OLTP systems and Business Intelligence/OLAP contexts in Oracle and SQL Server. I’ve also developed and run standalone MySQL, Postgres, and SQLite system.
  • Expertise in R and Dedoose; experienced in SPSS and Atlas.ti

Empirical Research Background

  • Dissertation focuses on the use of data and research evidence by practitioners in organizational contexts
  • A primary area of research focuses on teacher effectiveness and performance measures of achievement and growth
  • Proficiencies in mixed methodologies and a wide variety of research designs (as well as an understanding of the philosophical assumptions behind different approaches):
    • Have designed sophisticated regression analyses including propensity matching and hierarchical linear modeling
    • Designed and conducted social network analyses to investigate professional trust
    • Have engaged in interpretivist ethnography and interviewing  as well as participatory action research

Organizational Research Background

  • Building a repository for social science methods (via a grant from the W. T. Grant Foundation)
  • Investigated measures to understand research and evidence use by practitioners (via a prior grant from the W.T. Grant Foundation)
  • Analyzed Race to the Top teacher evaluation systems (via grant from American Federation of Teachers)
  • Evaluated the evaluation system of the District of Columbia Public Schools (via a commission from the National Academies of Science)
  • Extensive interviewing of populations that include teachers in urban schools in the United States
  • Worked with social studies teachers to develop participatory action research programs for students

Project Design and Management Background

  • Led major long-term production projects from project conceptualization through completion
  • Managed developer teams as project lead for substantial infrastructure projects
  • Worked collaboratively with non-technical stakeholders to understand their needs and translate them into technical solutions