School management, organization, and accountability; teacher supply, demand and quality; teaching as a profession; sociology of education; sociology of organizations; occupations and work/organizational theory; educational policy
Richard Ingersoll is a widely quoted expert on the teaching force. He examines teaching as a job, teachers as employees, and schools as workplaces, from a teacher’s pre-employment training through the last day in the classroom. His research has provided the best understanding of teaching as an occupation and what the teaching workforce looks like.
Laura Perna speaks about academics' frustrations with predatory practices in the student loan industry. "We have this structural reliance on loan servicers," she explains. "If they're not doing their job, it's a problem."