Andrew Saultz

Andrew Saultz

Assistant Professor

Area: Educational Policy, Politics of Education
Office: McGuffey 304B
513-529-6839
saultzam@miamioh.edu

Degrees: Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.A., Lewis and Clark College
B.A., Oregon State University

Curriculum Vitae

Bio

Andrew Saultz (Ph.D. Michigan State University) studies educational policy and the politics of education. The unifying purpose of his research, service, and teaching is to improve equity in schools. In particular, he focuses on how educational accountability policy impacts, and is interpreted, by a broad range of actors including policymakers, teachers, educational leaders, parents, citizens, and students. The primary aim of his research is to understand: 1) how policymakers across levels of government develop school accountability policy, 2) how teachers and educational leaders implement and react to new accountability policies, and 3) what data and information parents and citizens use to evaluate school quality.  Andrew taught high school social studies in Michigan, and served on his local school board. As an Oregonian, Andrew loves the outdoors, sports, craft beer, and Birkenstocks.

Profile

Key Professional Appointments

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
Miami University
Oxford, OH
2014- Present 

Research Assistant: Satisfaction with Public Schools
Dr. Rebecca Jacobsen
College of Education, Michigan State University
2010-2013 

Summer Research Fellow: The Use of Data in Decision-making
Dr. David Plank
Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)
Palo Alto, CA
Summer 2011

Instructor
Teacher Education Department
Michigan State University
2008-2011

Summer Research Analyst
Senate Fiscal Agency
State of Michigan, Lansing, MI
Summer 2009

High School Social Studies Teacher
Okemos High School, Okemos Public Schools
Okemos, MI
2006-2009

Middle School English Teacher
Skoczow, Poland
Summer 2004

Current Title

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
Miami University, Oxford, OH

Education

Ph.D., Educational Policy (2014)
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

M.A., Teaching Secondary Social Studies (2006)
Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR

B.A., Political Science (2005)
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Magna Cum Laude

Awards and Honors

Level A Faculty Standing
Miami University
2014

Emerging Education Policy Scholar
Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Washington, DC
2012-2013

Fellowship to Enhance Global Understanding
Month long study and tour of schools in Shanghai, Chongqing, and Beijing
Michigan State University, China
2012

University Distinguished Fellowship
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
2009-2014

Fulbright Group Program Abroad
Month long study tour of Ecuadorian cultural, social and educational history
Michigan State University, Ecuador
2008

Michael J. Palmer Leadership Award
Oregon State University
2005

In The News

“What happens when a school gets a failing grade? It gets better.” (by Matt Barnum) The74Million.org, June 1, 2016.

“Don’t humiliate teachers… but fire the worst: Does David Denby realize he’s agreeing with reformers?” (by Matt Barnum). The74Million.org, February 16, 2016.

“Test scores under common core show that ‘proficient’ varies by state.” (by Motoko Rich). The New York Times. October 6, 2015.

Education Policy Center at Michigan State University. (2015). When accountability strategies collide.

Guest Blogger: Education Week, Rick Hess Straight Up Blog. 12/15-12/19/2014

“Parents Relying on School Report Cards Can Be Confused” (by Michele Molnar), Education Week, March 22, 2013.

“Public Strong on Local Control of Schools, Study Finds” (by Michele Molnar), Education Week, July 17, 2012.

Research & Service

Publications/Presentations

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (*denotes equal authorship)

Saultz, A. (Accepted). Fourth time is the charm: Charter school policy and the influence of the elite in Washington state. Peabody Journal of Education.

Saultz, A., McEachin, A., & Fusarelli, L.D. (Accepted). Waivering as governance: Federalism during the Obama Administration. Educational Researcher.

Wrabel, S., Saultz, A., Polikoff, M., McEachin, A., & Duque, M. (In Press). The politics of the ESEA waivers. Educational Policy.

*Saultz, A., Aronson, B., & Murphy, K. M. (In Press). Under pressure in Atlanta: School accountability and special education practices during the cheating scandal. Teachers College Record.

Jacobsen, R. & Saultz, A. (2016). Comparing satisfaction in schools and other public arenas. Public Performance and Management Review, 39 (2): 476-497.

Saultz, A., Fitzpatrick, D., & Jacobsen, R. (2015). Exploring the supply side: Factors related to charter school openings in NYC. Journal of School Choice 9(3), pp. 446-466.

Allen, A. & Saultz, A. (2015). Parent trigger policies, representation, and the public good. Theory and Research in Education, 13: 351-359.

Jacobsen, R., Snyder, J.W.; & Saultz, A. (2015). Understanding satisfaction with schools: The role of expectations. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 25(3), pp.831-848.

Jacobsen, R., Snyder, J.W., Saultz, A. (2014). Informing or shaping public opinion? American Journal of Education, 121(1), pp. 1-27.

Jacobsen, R., Saultz, A., & Snyder, J.W. (2013) When accountability strategies collide: Do policy changes that raise accountability standards also erode public satisfaction? Educational Policy, 27(2), pp. 360-389.

Jacobsen, R. & Saultz, A. (2012). The polls- Trends: who should control education? Public Opinion Quarterly, 76(2), pp. 379-390.

Book Chapters

Fusarelli, L.D., Saultz, A., & McEachin, A. (2016). Homeschooling in Ohio and North Carolina. In B.S. Cooper, F. Spielhagen, & C. Ricci (Eds.) Home Schooling in a New View 2nd Edition. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Saultz, A. (2015). Race to the top and the future of federal education policy. In M. DiPaola & W. Hoy (Eds.) Leadership and School Quality, pp. 215-235. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Jacobsen, R. & Saultz, A. (2013). Do good grades matter? Public accountability data and perceptions of school quality. In D. Anagnostopoulos, S. Rutledge, & R. Jacobsen (Eds.) The Infrastructure of Accountability: Data Use and the Transformation of American Education, pp. 199-212. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Saultz, A. (2013). Title IX. In J. Ainsworth and J.G. Golson (Eds.) Sociology of Education: An a- to- z Guide. Sage Publications, Inc.

Policy Briefs, Reports and Commentaries

Saultz, A., Murphy, K., & Aronson, B. (2016). What can we learn from the Atlanta cheating scandal? Phi Delta Kappan, 97(6): 48-52.

Evans, M.P. & Saultz, A. (2015). The opt out movement is gaining momentum? Education Week. Invited Commentary. June 9.

Jacobsen, R., Saultz, A., & Snyder, J.W. (2013). Grading school report cards: Issues for future research and practice. Phi Delta Kappan, October 95(2), pp. 64-67.

Jacobsen, R., Snyder, J.W., Saultz, A. (2013). Evaluating the Prichard Committee’s efforts to educate parents on the new school report card. A report delivered to the Prichard Committee.

Saultz, A. & Summers, K. (2009). Explaining school choice, State Notes, Senate Fiscal Agency, State of Michigan.

Saultz, A. (2007). Architect of AP World History Program, Okemos High School Researched material and wrote course proposal for Advanced Placement World History Course to Okemos School Board.

Saultz, A. (2006). North Central Faculty Report, Okemos High School
Incorporated research from faculty, students, and parents to describe and analyze current views on Okemos High School. Report used as the baseline data in long-term strategic planning process.

Book Reviews

Saultz, A. & Williams, T.J. (2015). Book Review: Governance reconsidered. Teachers College Record. March 23. http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentId=17906

Working Papers and Submissions

Saultz, A., Fusarelli, L., & McEachin, A. (Under Review) The Every Student Succeeds Act and the curbing of executive authority. Invited Revise and Resubmit at Publius: The Journal of Federalism.

Sun, M., Saultz, A., & Ye, Y. (Under Review). Federal policy and the teacher labor market: Exploring the effects of NCLB on teacher turnover. Invited Revise and Resubmit: School Effectiveness and School Improvement.

Saultz, A. & Saultz, J.W. (Under Review). Measuring outcomes: Lessons from the world of public education. Invited Revise and Resubmit at Annals of Family Medicine.

Saultz, A. & Fusarelli, L. (Under Review). Online schooling: A cautionary tale. Invited Revise and Resubmit at the Journal of School Choice.

Saultz, A., Snyder, J.W., & Malin, J. (Under Review). Taking charge: A national comparative analysis of state takeovers.

Saultz, A. & Weiner, J. (Under Review). How accountability policies influence state education agencies’ relationships with their districts and schools.

Fusarelli, L., McEachin, A., & Saultz, A. (In Preparation). Waivering no more: ESSA and the reduced federal role in education.

Saultz, A. & Evans, M.P. (In Preparation). A new social movement in public education? A district level analysis of the opt out phenomena in Ohio.

Saultz, A., Jacobsen, R., & Snyder, J.W. (In Preparation). When more is worse: Parent interpretation and use of school report card performance data. Evans, M.A. & Saultz, A. (In Preparation). What we can learn about family engagement from the opt out movement.

Saultz, A. & Evans, M.A. (In Preparation). The opt out movement and educational leadership: How superintendents react.

Saultz, A. & Banks, L. (In Preparation). Guaranteed of what? An analysis of Ohio’s third grade reading guarantee policy.

Presentations

Saultz, A. & Banks, L. (2016). What are we really guaranteeing? Ohio’s third grade reading guarantee quagmire. University Council for Education Administration. Detroit, MI.

Saultz, A. (2016). Finding and maintaining balance in graduate school. University Council for Education Administration. Detroit, MI.

Evans, M.P. & Saultz, A. (2016). Understanding the role of dissent in family engagement: Exit, voice and loyalty among opt-out participants. The European Conference on Educational Research. Dublin, Ireland.

Saultz, A., Snyder, J.W., & Malin, J. (2016). Taking charge: A national comparative analysis of state takeovers. Association for Education Finance and Policy. Denver, CO.

Saultz, A. & Evans, M.P. (2016). Diversity in the opt-out movement: An analysis of districts with high percentages of opt-out families. American Educational Research Association, Washington, D.C.

Saultz, A., Murphy, K., & Aronson, B. (2016). After the Atlanta cheating scandal: Implications for teacher preparation in a high-stakes world. American Educational Research Association. Washington, D.C.

Saultz, A. & Weiner, J. (2016). Circumventing districts: How accountability policies influence SEA’s relationships with districts and schools. American Educational Research Association, Washington, D.C.

Saultz, A. & Fusarelli, L. (2016). Virtual home? The rise of online learning in the homeschooling community and the future of educational policy. Global Home Education Conference. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Saultz, A. & Evans, M. P. (2015). The politics of opting out of standardized testing in Ohio. University Council for Educational Administration. San Diego, CA.

Saultz, A., Aronson, B., & Murphy, K. (2015). Under pressure in Atlanta: School accountability and disability practices during the cheating scandal. University Council for Educational Administration. San Diego, CA.

Saultz, A. & Bryant, R. (2015). Racing to the top in rural America. Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, IL.

Saultz, A., McEachin, A.J., & Fusarelli, L. (2015). Waivering as governance: A new model of federalism in education. Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, IL.

Sun, M., Saultz, A., & Ye, Y. (2015). The effects of NCLB school accountability on teacher turnover. American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL.

Saultz, A. (2015). Fourth time is the charm for charters: Influences of the federal government and elites. American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL.

Saultz, A. (2015). A theoretical examination of borrowing strength and race to the top. American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL.

Saultz, A. (2015). Fourth time is the charm: Influence of the federal government and elites in Washington state. Association for Education Finance and Policy. Washington, D.C.

Saultz, A. (2014). No waiver for you. Washington state policymaker response to the rejection of the NCLB waiver. University Council for Educational Administration. Washington, D.C.

Saultz, A. (2014). Fourth Time is the charm: The influence of the elite in Washington. University Council for Educational Administration. Washington, D.C.

Saultz, A., Fitzpatrick, D., & Jacobsen, R. (2014). Exploring the supply side: Charter school openings and parent satisfaction in NYC. American Educational Research Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Sun, M., Ye., Y., & Saultz, A. (2014). Federal policy and the teacher labor market: Exploring the effects of NCLB on teacher turnover. Association for Education Finance and Policy. San Antonio, TX.

Wrabel, S., Saultz, A., Polikoff, M., McEachin, A., & Duque, M. (2014). The politics of the ESEA waivers. Association for Education Finance and Policy. San Antonio, TX.

Saultz, A., Fitzpatrick, D., & Jacobsen, R. (2014). Exploring the supply side: Charter school openings and parent satisfaction in NYC. Association for Education Finance and Policy. San Antonio, TX.

Saultz, A., Fitzpatrick, D., & Jacobsen, R. (2014). Exploring the supply side: Charter school openings and parent satisfaction in NYC. 3rd Annual International School Choice and Reform Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Saultz, A. (2013). Racing where? One state’s journey through the race to the top application. American Political Science Association. Chicago, IL.

Jacobsen, R., Snyder, J., & Saultz, A. (2013). Understanding declining satisfaction with schools: The role of expectations in influencing satisfaction. American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Saultz, A. (2013). An uneven playing field: The hidden curriculum of the football stadium. American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Saultz, A. (2012). US Federalism: An Overview and Implications for the Transition to College. Southwest University, Chongqing, China.

Jacobsen, R., Saultz, A. & Snyder, J. (2012) Still making the cut? Shifting cut scores and resultant influences on parental satisfaction. Improving Education through Accountability and Evaluation, Rome, Italy.

Jacobsen, R., Saultz, A. & Snyder, J. (2012). Still making the cut? Shifting cut scores and resultant influences on parental satisfaction. American Educational Research Association, British Columbia, Canada.

Jacobsen. R, Saultz, A. & Snyder, J. (2012). Informing the public or information overload? The influence of school accountability data format on public satisfaction. Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, IL.

Jacobsen, R., Saultz, A. & Snyder, J.W. (2012). Informing the public of information overload? The influence of school accountability format on public satisfaction. Association for Education Finance and Policy, Boston, MA.

Jacobsen, R. & Saultz, A. (2012). Do Good Grades Matter? Public Accountability Data and Perceptions of School Quality. Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.

Judy, J., Saultz, A. & Snyder, J. (2011). Winning the race: characteristics of race to the top applicants. Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.

Saultz, A. (2008). US presidential primaries. LATTICE, Michigan State University.

Saultz, A. (2004). Commencement Introduction of Senator John Glenn. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

Invited Talks

Saultz, A. & Evans, M. (2015). What we know about the opt out movement in Ohio. Coalition of Rural Appalachian Schools (CORAS), Wednesday September 16th, Logan, Ohio.

Saultz, A. & Jiang, S. (2015). Does performance management travel? Parental and teacher interpretations of educational accountability policy in South Korea. Research Talk. Educational Leadership Department, Miami University.

Service

National
2015-Present Proposal Reviewer, Divisions A, K and L, AERA
2014-Present UCEA Plenary Session Representative for Miami University
2014-Present Proposal Reviewer, University Council for Educational Administration
2016-2017 Co-Editor, Politics of Education SIG Bulletin, AERA
2016-2017 Proposal Reviewer, International School Choice Conference
2015-2016 Program Chair, Politics of Education SIG, AERA
2016 Invited Panelist: Michigan State University “Finishing the Ph.D. and Getting a Job”
2015 UCEA Ambassador
2015 Invited Panelist: Michigan State University “Advice for the Job Search”

University
2016-2017 Member, Peer Review of Teaching Faculty Learning Community
2015-Present Mentor, Cross Cultural Mentoring Program
2016 Invited Panelist in GSC 603: The job search in academia
2014-2015 Summer Reading Committee

College
2015-2016 EHS E-Learning Team
2014 Judge, Graduate Research Forum
2014 Judge, KNH 210 Final Projects

Department
2015-2016 EDL Faculty Search Committee
2014-2016 Ed.D. Faculty Working Group
2016 Session Chair, Graduate Student Conference
2015 Invited guest to EDL 761: The research agenda
2015 Invited guest to EDL 776: Advice for the dissertation proposal process
2014-2015 Chair, EDL Governance Committee
2014-2015 Ed.D. Interview/Selection Committee
1/14/2015 Invited lecture to the graduate students: The job search in academia
9/24/2014 Invited by Graduate Student Council to lecture: Nostalgic reflections from a recent graduate student

Teaching

EDL 772. Advanced Research Design. (3)
Introduction to Quantitative Research in education. Students identify a research problem and apply analytic and design skills necessary to develop a dissertation proposal.

EDL 771. Educational Policy Analysis. (3)
Provides broad understanding of educational policy considerations of formulation and implementation of decisions. Conceptual and methodological conclusions about the complex nature of educational governance and organizational analysis are examined.

EDL 772. Advanced Research Design. (3)
Introduction to Quantitative Research in education. Students identify a research problem and apply analytic and design skills necessary to develop a dissertation proposal.

EDL 399A: Leadership in the Dominican Republic (Undergraduate)

EDL 232. Introduction to Community-Based Leadership. (3) (MPF)
Introduction to Community-Based Leadership explores theories and practices of leadership in public institutions and communities. Students critically examine three concepts central to community-based leadership: public, leadership, and democracy. Using the scholarship of leadership studies and civic engagement, students explore what it means to work in public life and lead for the public good in local, national, and international contexts. Students accomplish these goals through readings, class discussions, analytical and reflective writing, and community-based learning experiences connecting theory with practice. The course will help students develop their own vision and plan for participating in community-based leadership as Miami students and as engaged citizens. IIC.

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