My K-12 research has two separate strands: a) teacher leadership and school improvement in a research-practice partnership, and b) teacher policies and teacher labor markets. In the first strand of this research, I have been involved in teacher leadership and school improvement work with the IES-funded National Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools (NCSU), a research-practice partnership aimed at linking researchers with practitioners to improve educational outcomes of traditionally underserved high school students in Florida and Texas. The second strand of my K-12 research focuses on teacher policies and the teacher labor markets, particularly looking at the factors that drive teacher attrition and retention, and the reforms and policies intended to address these issues for social equity and school improvement. Here is my website examining the issue of teacher shortages in the U.S.:
I also have research interests and experience in higher education. In this area, my research focuses on the distribution of financial aid and its effects on postsecondary persistence and degree attainment, particularly for underserved and disadvantaged students.
Google Scholar link.
Individual publications are linked below.


* indicates equal co-authorship in alphabetical order. + indicates student co-author.
26. Nguyen, T.D. , & Kramer, J.W. (forthcoming, 2022). Constructing a clear definition of neotraditional students and illuminating their financial aid, academic, and non-academic experiences and outcomes in the 21st century. Journal of Student Financial Aid.
25. Nguyen, T.D. , & Kremer, K. (forthcoming, 2022). Burnt out and dissatisfied? The relationships between teacher dissatisfaction and burnout and their attrition behavior. Elementary School Journal.
24. *Gilmour, A.F., *Nguyen, T.D. , Redding, C., & Bettini, E. (2022). The Shifting Context of Special Education Teachers’ Work. Remedial and Special Education.
23. Bettini, L., Nguyen, T.D. , Gilmour, A., & Redding, C. (2022) Disparities in Access to Well-Qualified, Well-Supported Special Educators Across Higher versus Lower Poverty Schools Over Time. Exceptional Children.
22. Nguyen, T.D. , & Northrop, L. (2021) Examining English Language Arts Teachers: Evidence from National Data. Teacher College Record, 123(10).
21. Nguyen, T.D. & Springer, M.G. (2021) A Conceptual Framework of Teacher Turnover: A Systematic Review of the Empirical International Literature and Insights from the Employee Turnover Literature. Educational Review.
20. *Nelson, K.S., *Nguyen, T.D. , +Brownstein, N., +Garcia, A., +Walker, H., +Watson, J., & +Xin, A. (2021) Definitions, measures, and uses of rurality: A systematic review of the empirical and quantitative literature. Journal of Rural Studies, 82, 351-346.
19. Redding, C. & Nguyen, T.D. (2021). Greener than ever? A look at the newest teachers in our public schools. Phi Delta Kappan, 103(3).
18. Nguyen, T.D. (2021) Linking School Organizational Characteristics and Teacher Retention: Evidence from Repeated Cross-Sectional National Data. Teaching and Teacher Education.
17. Nguyen, T.D. (2020) Examining the Teacher Labor Market in Different Rural Contexts: Variations by Urbanicity and Rural States. AERA Open, 6(4), 1-24.
16. Cannata, M. & Nguyen, T.D. (2020) Consensus versus Concreteness: Tensions in Designing for Scale. Teacher College Record.
15. Nguyen, T.D., Lam, P., Springer, M, & +Crouch, M. (2020) The Correlates of Teacher Turnover: An Updated and Expanded Meta-Analysis of the Literature. Educational Research Review.
14. Redding, C. & Nguyen, T.D. (2020) The Relationship between School Turnaround and Student Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.
13. Nguyen, T.D. (2020) Teacher Attrition and Retention in Kansas: A Case Study of Geographically Rural States with Persistent Teacher Shortages. Online Journal of Rural Research and Policy, 15(1), 1-23.
+12. +Pham, L.D., Nguyen, T.D., & Springer, M.G. (2020) Teacher Merit Pay: A Meta-Analysis. American Educational Research Journal.
*+11. *+Crouch, M. & *Nguyen, T.D. (2020) Examining Teacher Characteristics, School Conditions, and Attrition Rates at the Intersection of School Choice and Rural Education. Journal of School Choice.
10. Redding, C. & Nguyen, T.D. (2020) Recent Trends in the Characteristics of New Teachers, the Schools in Which They Teach, and Their Turnover Rates. Teacher College Record, 122(7).
9. Nguyen, T.D., Kramer, J.W., & Evans, B.J. (2019) The Effects of Grant Aid on Student Persistence and Degree Attainment: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Causal Evidence. Review of Educational Research, 89(6), 831-874.
8. Cannata, M., Redding, C., & Nguyen, T. D. (2019). Building Student Ownership and Responsibility: Examining Student Outcomes from a Research-Practice Partnership. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 12(3), 333-362.
7. Evans, B.J. & Nguyen, T.D. (2019) Monetary Substitution of Loans, Earnings, and Need-based Aid in Postsecondary Education: The Impact of Pell Grant Eligibility. Economics of Education Review, 70, 1-19.
6. Nguyen, T.D. & Redding, C. (2018) Changes in the Demographics, Qualifications, and Turnover of American STEM Teachers, 1988-2012. AERA Open, 4(3), 1-13.
5. Nguyen, T.D. & Hunter, S. (2018) Towards an Understanding of Dynamics among Teachers, Teacher Leaders, and Administrators in a Teacher-led School Reform. Journal of Educational Change, 19(4), 539-565.
4. Nguyen, T.D., Cannata, M., & Miller, J. (2018) Understanding Student Behavioral Engagement: Importance of Student Interaction with Peers and Teachers. The Journal of Educational Research. 111(2), 163-174.
3. Evans, B.J., Nguyen, T.D., Tener, B.B., & Thomas, C.L. (2017) Federal Pell Grant Eligibility and Receipt: Explaining Nonreceipt and Changes to EFC Using National and Institutional Data. The Journal of Student Financial Aid, 47(3), 4.
2. Nguyen, T.D. (2016) Social Reproduction in Vietnam: Educational Attainment, Employment, and Skills Usage. International Journal of Educational Development, 51, 10-22.
1. Nguyen, T. (2015). The effectiveness of online learning: Beyond no significant difference and future horizons. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 11 (2), 309-319.

Online Materials

  • Supplemental materials for TCR New Teachers paper