Kevin Bastian holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Bastian directs the Teacher Quality Research Initiative, a collaborative research partnership with the UNC General Administration and the fifteen Schools of Education within the UNC university system designed to improve the quality of teacher and school leadership preparation in North Carolina. Bastian also co-directs the evaluation of the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program (NTSP), which provides comprehensive teacher support services to beginning teachers in school districts across the state. His research interests include teacher and school leadership preparation, labor markets, and on-the-job learning; estimating teacher and principal effectiveness; the effects of non-cognitive characteristics; the distribution of educational resources; and the evaluation of education programs. Dr. Bastian has recent publications in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational Administration Quarterly, Teachers College Record, Education Finance and Policy, Educational Researcher, Journal of Teacher Education, and Science and has authored multiple reports, policy briefs, and articles for education policy and decision-makers across North Carolina. He has also taught in rural North Carolina as a Teach For America corps member.