Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation and Research

James V. Shuls is an assistant professor and the graduate program director of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  He earned his Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Arkansas. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern State University and a master’s degree from Missouri State University, both in elementary education. Prior to joining UMSL, he served as the director of education policy for the Show-Me Institute, where he is currently a distinguished fellow of education policy. Previously, he taught first grade and fifth grade in the Republic, MO R-III School District.

Dr. Shuls’ research focuses primarily on teacher labor markets, school finance, and school choice. He has served as an expert witness in the school finance case Martinez/Yazzie v. New Mexico. His research has been published in various scholarly journals, such as: Social Science Quarterly, The Rural Educator, Educational Policy, the Journal of Education Finance, and the Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform, where he serves on the editorial board. Additionally, he has been featured in numerous popular print publications and has made many appearances on talk radio programs and television news. 

 

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 Curriculum Vitae

James V. Shuls

University of Missouri – St. Louis

One University Boulevard

St. Louis, MO 63121

Phone: (314) 516-6528

Email: shulsj@umsl.edu

 

Updated February 2015

 

Education

2013                            Ph.D. in Education Policy, University of Arkansas

2007                            M.S.E. in Elementary Education, Missouri State University

2004                            B.S.E. in Elementary Education, Missouri Southern State University

 

Employment

2014 – Present            Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Missouri – St. Louis

2014                            Director of Education Policy, Show-Me Institute

2012 – 2014                Education Policy Analyst, Show-Me Institute

 

Fellowships and Awards

2014 – Present                        Distinguished Fellow of Education Policy, Show-Me Institute

2009 – 2012                Doctoral Academy Fellow, University of Arkansas  

2012                            Will Myers Memorial Scholarship, Association for Education Finance and

Policy

2011                            Prestage Cook Award, Southern Political Science Association

2003                            Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society   

2003                            Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education

 

Grant/Funding Activity

PI: Examining Inequities in Teacher Pension Wealth. University of Missouri Research Board ($13,757).

 

PI: Evaluation of Missouri’s Inter-District Transfer Laws. The Walton Family Foundation ($40,000) and The Kemper Foundation ($25,000)

 

PI: Analysis of private school market in Kansas City and St. Louis. The Walton Family Foundation ($25,000)

 

Refereed Publications

(6)        Shuls, J.V. & Trivitt, J. (forthcoming). Teacher qualifications and productivity in U.S. Secondary Schools. Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform.

 

(5)        Shuls, J. V. (forthcoming). Analysis of superintendent survey responses regarding teacher tenure. eJournal of Education Policy.

 

(4)        Bowen, D.H., Buck, S., Deck, C., Mills, J., & Shuls, J.V. (in press). Risky Business: An experimental analysis of teacher risk preferences. Education Economics.

 

(3)        Shuls, J.V. & Trivitt, J. (in press). Teacher Effectiveness: An analysis of licensure screens. Educational Policy.

 

(2)         Shuls, J.V. & Maranto, R. (2014). Show them the mission: A comparison of   

materialistic and idealistic recruitment incentives in high need communities. Social Science Quarterly, 95(1), 239-253.

 

(1)        Maranto, R. & Shuls, J.V. (2012) How to get them on the farm? Efforts to improve rural teacher recruitment and retention in Arkansas. Rural Educator. 34(1), n1.

 

Other Publications

(3)        Shuls, J.V. & Ritter, G.W., (2013). Teacher Preparation: not an either/or. Phi Delta Kappan. 94(8). pp. 28-32.

(2)        Ritter, G.W. & Shuls, J.V. (2012). If a tree falls in a forest, but no one hears… Phi            Delta Kappan. 94(3). pp. 34-38.

(1)        Maranto, R. & Shuls, J.V. (2011). Lessons from KIPP Delta. Phi Delta Kappan. 93(3). pp. 52-56.

 

Book Reviews

(1)        Shuls, J.V. (2013). The book that got me to leave the classroom. Journal of School             Choice: International Research and Reform. 7(3), pp. 424-425.

 

Working & Papers Under Review

Shuls, J.V. (Under Review). School choice: The personal and the political.

Shuls, J. V. & Wolf, P. J. (under review). School vouchers in the U.S.: Explaining the strange bedfellows supporting and opposing private school choice.

Shuls, J. V.  (working). Inter-district choice for students in failing schools: Burden or boon?

Shuls, J. V. (working). Can we simply raise the bar on teacher quality?

 

Reports and Essays

(9)        Shuls, J.V. with West, C. & Davis, A. (2014). Decentralization through centralization: The story of the recovery school district. Show-Me Institute – Case Study, No. 22.

 

(8)        Shuls, J.V. (2014). Available Seats? Survey analysis of Missouri private school       participation in potential state scholarship programs. Show-Me Institute – Essay.

 

(7)        Shuls, J.V. & Barnes, K. (2013). The Power to Lead: Analysis of  Superintendent Survey Responses Regarding Teacher Tenure. Show-Me Institute—Essay.

 

(6)        Shuls, J.V. (2013). Redefining Public Education. Show-Me Institute—Essay.

 

(5)        Shuls, J.V. (2013). Public Dollars, Private Schools: Examining the Options in Missouri.     Show-Me Institute—Essay. 

 

(4)        Shuls, J.V. (2012). A primer on Missouri’s foundation formula for K-12 public       education. Show-Me Institute—Policy Study (35).

 

(3)        Shuls, J.V. (2012). The salary straitjacket: The pitfalls of paying all teachers the same.        Show-Me Institute—Essay.

 

(2)        Shuls, J.V., Burks, S. M., & Ritter, G. W. (2012). What do schools look for in        prospective teachers? An analysis of teacher application documents? Office  for           Education Policy, Department of Education Reform, University of  Arkansas.

 

(1)        Shuls, J.V., Jensen, N.C., Rose, C.P., Ritter, G.W. (2010). Comprehensive Analysis of      Arkansas Teacher Salaries: State, Region, and District. Office for Education Policy,     Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas. 

 

Conference Presentations and Panels

(16)      Shuls, J.V. & Wolf, P.J. (accepted to present May 2015). School vouchers and racial politics in the U.S.: Explaining the strange bedfellows supporting and opposing private school choice. Workshop: Public Opinion and the Political Economy of Education – hosted by the Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich and the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University.

 

(15)      Shuls, J.V. (accepted to present February 2015). Inter-district choice for students in failing schools: Burden or boon? To be presented at the Association for Education Finance and Policy’s annual meeting.

 

(14)      What is in store for the Common Core?: The politics and policy of implementation. (2015). Panel Session at the Association for Education Finance and Policy’s annual meeting. Panelists include: Michael Q. McShane, Morgan S. Polikoff, Ashley E. Jochim, James V. Shuls, and Andy Smarick (chair).

 

(13)      Shuls, J. V. & Wolf, P. J. (August 2014). School vouchers and racial politics in the U.S.: Explaining the strange bedfellows supporting and opposing private school choice. Presented at the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting.

 

(12)      Shuls, J.V. (March 2014). Spiking salaries: Analyzing the impact of collective bargaining on teacher salaries and pension benefits. Presented at the Association for Education Finance and Policy’s annual meeting.

 

(11)      Shuls, J.V. (October 2013). Compensation schedules and performance pay. Presented at   the Missouri Charter Public School Association’s annual meeting.

 

(10)      Shuls, J.V. & Trivitt, J. (March 2013). High school, high scores: Analyzing determinants   of effectiveness on end-of-course exams. Presented at the Association for Education     Finance and Policy’s annual meeting.

 

(9)        Shuls, J.V. & Galbraith, K. (March 2013). Available seats?: Survey analysis of Missouri    private school participation in potential state scholarship programs. Presented at the           Association for Education Finance and Policy’s annual meeting. (Poster session)

           

(8)        Shuls, J.V. & Trivitt, J. (March 2012). What makes a teacher effective?: An analysis of      teacher credential’s impact on value-added  student achievement. Presented at the         Association for Education Finance and Policy's annual meeting.

 

(7)        Bowen, D., Buck, S., Mills, J., & Shuls, J.V. (March 2012). Risky business: An      experimental analysis of teacher risk preferences. Presented at the Association for      Education Finance and Policy's annual meeting.

 

(6)        Shuls, J.V. & Trivitt, J. (Nov. 5, 2011). Teacher Prep: Examining Determinants of Teacher Effectiveness. Presented at the Association for  Public Policy Analysis and             Management’s 33rd annual research conference. (Poster session).

 

(5)        Shuls, J.V., Maranto, R., & Ritter, G. (April 9, 2011). Overcoming the Geographic            Teacher Shortage: Lessons from KIPP Delta. Presented at the American Educational   Research Association's annual meeting.

 

(4)        Maranto, R. & Shuls, J.V. (April 9, 2011). KIPPnotization: A case study of culture            building. Presented at the American Educational Research Association's annual meeting.

 

(3)        Shuls, J.V., Ritter, G., & McGee, J.B. (March 25, 2011). Coming and Going: Selection     and Attrition at One KIPP Campus. Presented at the Association  for Education Finance     and Policy's annual meeting. (Poster Session).

 

(2)        Maranto, R. & Shuls, J.V. (Jan. 7, 2011). The first day of KIPP: A case study. Presented at the Southern Political Science Association's annual  meeting.

 

(1)        Jensen, N.C., Ritter, G.W., & Shuls, J.V. (2010).  NWEA assessments and performance    pay: A case study of the eSTem Public Charter Schools.  Presented at NWEA Summer            Conference, Portland, OR.

 

Invited Presentations

(3)        Shuls, J.V.  (February 2015). Learning to teach in a changing system. Presented as part of the “What’s Current Wednesdays” series hosted by The Current at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

 

(2)        Shuls, J.V. (October 2014). The Blaine amendment: The school choice barrier from the state of Maine. Presented at the Annual assembly of the Missouri Catholic Conference.

 

(1)        Shuls, J.V. (November 7, 2012). The salary straitjacket. Presented to the Missouri   Mathematics and Science Coalition, Jefferson City, MO.

 

Referee/Reviewer

Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform

The Social Science Journal

The Rural Educator

           

Teaching Activity

            Principles of School Finance in Missouri, University of Missouri – St. Louis          

            Organizational Change in Education, University of Missouri – St. Louis

            Education Administration Policy Research, University of Missouri – St. Louis

            Classroom Learning Theory, University of Arkansas

            Essentials of Literacy, University of Arkansas

            5th Grade Math and Social Studies, Republic R-III S.D., MO

            1st Grade, Republic R-III S.D., MO

            Kindergarten summer school, Republic R-III S.D., MO

            2nd Grade Reading Paraprofessional, Republic R-III S.D., MO

 

Teacher Licensure

            Elementary Education, Career CPC, Grades 1-6, State of Missouri

            Early Childhood Education, Career CPC, Birth-Grade 3, State of Missouri

 

Department, College and University Service

2014                            Search Committee Member for the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Urban Education, University of Missouri – St. Louis

2014                            Committee member, University of Missouri – St. Louis, College of Education’s Graduate Education Committee

2011 – 2012                Coordinator, Department of Education Reform’s Lecture Series

 

Community Service

2014 – 2015                Committee member, Appointed by Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey to serve on K-5 committee tasked with developing new learning standards

 

Professional Memberships

2010 – Present            Association for Education Finance and Policy

2011                            American Education Research Association

 

Other Professional Activities

2012 – 2015                Volunteer, Association for Education Finance and Policy annual

                                    conference

2011                            Grant Reviewer, Office of Public Charter School Financing and Support at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Washington D.C. – CS3  Grants, and Replication and Growth Grants (2011

 

Opinion Editorials

I have published more than 20 Op-Eds. They have appeared in the St. Louis Post-  Dispatch, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Springfield News-Leader, the Press of Atlantic City, the Columbia Missourian, the Sedalia Democrat, the Columbia Daily Tribune, Education News, the St. Louis Beacon, and the Southeast Missourian.

Television & Radio Appearances

I have made more than 30 appearances on talk radio programs and television news. Including appearances on: The Charlie Brennan Show (KMOX—St. Louis), The Mark Reardon Show (KMOX—St. Louis), The McGraw Milhaven Show (KTRS—St. Louis), The Morning Magazine (KRMS—Lake of the Ozarks), The Morning Show with Greg Knapp (KCMO—Kansas City), KMBZ Live with Darla Jaye (KMBZ – Kansas City), The Gary Nolan Show (KSSZ—Columbia, MO), Morning Newswatch (KZRG—Joplin), Morningline (KWTO—Springfield, MO), Mornings with Nick Reed (KSGF—Springfield, MO), Stay Tuned (KETC – St. Louis), and The Jaco Report (KTVI- St. Louis).