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PhD, University of Pennsylvania; MA, University of Pennsylvania; BA, University of California, San Diego

Professor of Education and Sociology; Board of Overseers Chair of Education, University of Pennsylvania

Author of: Who Controls Teachers’ Work? Power and Accountability in America’s Schools (2006); Teacher Professionalism and Teacher Commitment: A Multilevel Analysis (1997); Out-of-Field Teaching and Educational Equality (1996)

Dr. Richard Ingersoll has spent much of his career in higher education addressing the significant problem of teacher turnover. Now Professor of Education and Sociology in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, his research focuses on the character of elementary and secondary schools as workplaces, teachers as employees, and teaching as a job. Dr. Ingersoll’s research on teacher recruitment and training initiatives has influenced education policies, including the No Child Left Behind Act, and has been featured in numerous major education reports.

Ingersoll taught high school social studies and algebra for nearly six years before leaving the profession and earning a doctorate in Sociology. He is widely published and has given hundreds of keynote addresses on topics such as the management and organization of schools; accountability and control in schools; teacher supply, demand, shortages, and turnover; induction and mentoring for beginning teachers; teacher preparation and teacher quality; the problem of underqualified teachers; the status of teaching as a profession; and changes in the demographic character of the teaching force.

In 2009, Ingersoll was elected as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Also, he was selected as Outstanding Researcher in 2012 by the Association of Teacher Educators, received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 from the AERA Organizational Theory Special Interest Group, and was selected as the recipient of the Teacher-Powered Schools Initiative Advancements in Research Award in 2015 by Education Evolving. From 2005 to 2007, Ingersoll served on a National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Committee evaluating National Board teacher certification.
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