Joe Adams is an experienced research analyst, evaluator, and advocate of good government. He works at the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama and teaches at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His favorite projects involve large datasets with complex problems, the problems that are "too big" for most folks. His largest data project included 68 million student-teacher matches over a 10-year period, blended with student outcomes, including discipline, academic assessments, and teacher demographics. He is adding school financial data to that mix to examine disparities. The proposed project is a small slice of that endeavor. In his previous position at Mississippi State University, Joe sat on 15 doctoral dissertation committees as a graduate faculty member (Level 2). Most of those students began their dissertation topics in his evaluation course. He has taught more than 60 college courses in public policy, political theory, program evaluation, and ethics in public administration. He also has experience in government research, analysis, and planning, including eight years in state governments, including working for legislatures in two states. He often advocates for more transparency and effective institutional controls. He holds a B.A. from Texas A&M University (political science and history) and a Ph.D. (political science) from Vanderbilt University.
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