James R. Harrington

Curriculum Vita

Contact Information:
The University of Texas at Dallas
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
800 West Campbell Road
Office - Green Hall GR 2.820
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

Email: james.harrington -at- utdallas.edu
Phone: 972-883-3513

Areas of Specialization:
Accountability Reforms, Performance Management, Performance Data Usage, Policy Evaluation, and Education Governance

Last Revised: December 2016

Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2013 to Present

PhD, University of Missouri, Truman School of Public Affairs, 2013
MPA, University of Missouri, Truman School of Public Affairs, 2009
BA, Truman State University, 2005

"Revenue Sources and Social Media Engagement Among Environmentally Focused Nonprofits." (with John McCaskill). Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, forthcoming.

"Retaining Science Teachers in Rural School Districts: Examining the Unintended Consequences of the No Child Left Behind Act". Global Journal of Educational Studies, 3(1), 2017

"Examining the Impact of a Highly Targeted State Administered Merit Aid Program on Brain Drain: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Analysis of Missouri's Bright Flight Program" (with Jose Munoz, Brad Curs, and Mark Ehlert). Research in Higher Education, 57(4), 423-447.

*Winner of the Association of Education Finance and Policy's (AEFP) Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Prize for Best Academic Paper on the Intersection of  Education and Labor Market Outcomes. $5,000 award.

"Democratization and Diversion: The Effects of Missouri's A+ Program on Postsecondary Enrollment." (with Jose Munoz, Brad Curs, and Mark Ehlert) Journal of Higher Education, 87(6), 801-830.

"What Drives Perceived Fairness of Performance Appraisal? Exploring the Effects of Psychological Contract Fulfillment on Employees' Perceived Fairness of Performance Appraisal in U.S. Federal Agencies" (with Ji Han Lee) Public Personnel Management, 44(2): 214-238.

"Estimating the Effects of No Child Left Behind on Teachers' Work Environments and Job Attitudes" (with Jason Grissom and Sean Nicholson-Crotty) Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 36(4), 417-436.

"Local Legislative Professionalism" (with Jason Grissom). American Politics Research, 41(3): 76-98.

"Investing in Administrator Efficacy: An Examination of Professional Development as a Tool for Enhancing Principal Effectiveness" (with Jason Grissom). American Journal of Education, 116(4): 583-612.

"Evaluating Cooperative Behaviour Through a Web-based Interface: A Social Dilemma Game" McNair Scholarly Review of Truman State University, vol 11, 2005.

Policy Briefs, Technical Reports, and Non-Refereed Publications:
Harrington, James R. and Jason A. Grissom. (2010). "Teacher Turnover in Missouri: Evidence from Administrative Data" Institute of Public Policy.

Konisky, David M. and James R. Harrington (2009). "What Missouri Thinks: An Examination of Public Attitudes" Institute of Public Policy.

Research Under Review:
School Districts Under Pressure: Examining the Impact of Accountability Ratings on School Bond Passage Rates (with Laura Jackson).

Managers Under Pressure- Examining the Impact of Accountability Pressures on the Attrition of Public Executives.

Using Performance Data under Pressure.

Does Goal Setting Matter? The Impact of Employee-Level and Managerial-Level Goal Properties on Public Employees’ Perception of Performance Appraisal Fairness in U.S. Federal Agencies (with Ji Han Lee and John McCaskill).

The Influence of Pay for Performance on Organizational Commitment and Job Satisfaction in Private, Public and Nonprofit Sectors: A Panel Study from South Korea (with Kwang Bin Bae and Doug Goodman).

Understanding the Link Between Innovation and Organizational Communication: An Examination of Public, Nonprofit, and For-profit Organizations in South Korea (with Jiwon Suh and Doug Goodman).

Allocating Resources Under Pressure.

Bureaucratic Types, Simple Heuristics and Successful Resource Seeking Strategies: An Agent Based Model of Budgetary Competition Under Resource Constraints (with John McCaskill, Euel Elliott, and Doug Kiel).

Research Experience:

2009-2013 Economic Research and Policy Analysis Center, University of Missouri - Graduate Research Assistant
2007-2009 Institute of Public Policy, University of Missouri - Graduate Research Assistant
2007-2013 Truman School of Public Affairs University of Missouri - Graduate Research Assistant

Teaching Experience:
The University of Texas at Dallas
EPPS 6316 Applied Regression: Fall 2016
PA 6314 Policy Analysis: Spring 2016
PA 7330 Research Design in Public Affairs: Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016
PA 6300 Quality and Productivity Improvement in Government: Fall 2013, Summer 2015, Summer 2016
PA 7381 Spec Topics in Public Affairs: Education Policy: Spring 2014, Spring 2015
PA 6315 Program Evaluation: Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017
PA 3306 Advanced Writing and Research: Fall 2014, Fall 2015

*Winner of EPPS Comet Teaching Award in Public and Nonprofit Management, 2016