University at Buffalo

Aliza N. Husain

Aliza N. Husain

Assistant Professor

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY


Specialty/Research Focus

Big Data; Administration/Management; Design and Analysis of Longitudinal Research; Educational Policy; Economics of Education; Educator Preparation; Evaluation; Leadership; Large-Scale Assessment and Research; Leadership Training; Professional / Staff Development; Quantitative Research Methods; Research Design; Research Methods; Statistical Methods and Applications in Statistical Issues; School and District Reform

Contact Information
467 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-2471
alizahus@buffalo.edu

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Professional Summary:

Aliza N. Husain’s research focuses on using large-scale panel data and experimental and quasi-experimental methods to answer policy-relevant questions pertaining to principals. She is particularly interested in exploring predictors of principal quality and turnover, and modeling principal effects on teacher hiring, retention, and improvement, all with the goal of understanding how principals influence student outcomes in their schools. To that end, she is also engaged in work around exploring the role of training and professional development in influencing principal quality, as well as evaluating the reliability and validity of existing principal evaluation systems and examining their role in high-stakes decisions.

Husain cares deeply about conducting research that can influence policies that improve schools. She believes that engaging with policymakers in research-practice partnerships surfaces important questions, adds contextual knowledge to better explain research findings, and increases the likelihood that implications from research find their way into policy discussions. She therefore continues to work with states and districts to understand and address stakeholder questions, especially around school leadership.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, University of Virginia, Education Policy (2019)
  • MPP, University of Virginia, Public Policy (2016)
  • BA, Occidental College, Economics (2013)
Recent Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Husain, A.N., Miller, L.C., & Player, D. W. (in press). Principal turnover: Using teacher assessments of principal quality to understand who leaves the principalship. Educational Administration Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1177/0013161X211011235.
Book Chapter:
  • Player, D.W. & Husain, A.N. No longer forgotten: The triumphs and struggles of rural education in America. In Andrew Smarick (Ed.) Issues in Rural Education, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Recent Presentations:
Conferences:
  • Connected Networks in Principal Value-Added Models (with Brendan Bartanen). Paper presented at the AEFP 46th Annual Conference.;
  • Identifying Principal Improvement (with Brendan Bartanen). Paper presented at the APPAM 2020 Fall Research Conference.;
  • School Turnaround Lessons for Policy and Practice: A Systematic Review of Research and Evaluation (with Coby V. Meyers & Corrie Stone-Johnson). Paper presented at the AEFP 46th Annual Conference.;
  • School Turnaround Lessons for Policy and Practice: A Systematic Review of Research and Evaluation (with Coby V. Meyers & Corrie Stone-Johnson). Paper presented at the AERA 2021 Annual Meeting.;
  • Bartanen, B., & Husain, A.N. (2019, November). Principal Value-Added to Teacher Turnover: Evidence from Three Statewide Panels. Paper presented at the UCEA 2019 Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA.;
Recent Editorships:
Editorship:
  • Member of Editorial Review Board; Leadership and Policy in Schools
    11/15/2019-11/15/2022

Contact Information

467 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-2471
alizahus@buffalo.edu

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