Associate Professor / Associate Dean for Graduate, Non-Degree and Research Programming

Kieran Killeen, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Graduate, Non-Degree and Research Programming for the College of Education and Social Services.

Dr. Killeen was a middle school special education teacher and participant in the Teach For America national teacher corps. He previously served on the governing board for the Association for Education Finance and Policy and the Sociology of Education Association, and held editorial appointments in related academic journals. His current research interests focus upon non-traditional resources in education finance, teacher labor markets and highly transient or mobile school children.

His publications appear in the Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy, Education Finance and Policy Journal, Journal of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Education and Urban Society, the Journal of Education Finance, the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management. He co-edits the book series Research in Education, Fiscal Policy and Practice by Information Age Publishing, and his book Recent Advancements in Education Finance and Policy is forthcoming. 

In 2019, Dr. Killeen was the co-recipient (with Tammy Kolbe) of AERA’s Division L Policy Report of the Year for his work on special education finance reform in Vermont. He holds a PhD in the Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education and a MRP in Regional Planning from Cornell University.

Publications

Selected recent publications (see attached CV for full listing of publications)

Book

Downes, T. & Killeen, K. (In Press). Recent Advancements in Education Finance and Policy. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. 

Book Chapters

Killeen, K.M. & Loeb, S. (In Press) A Double Draw of Proximity: The importance of geography in teacher application and hiring decisions. In T. Downes & K. Killeen (Eds.), Recent Advancements in Education Finance and Policy. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Killeen, K. M, & Schafft, K.(2014) The Organizational and Fiscal Implications of Transient Student Populations. Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy (2014), Helen Ladd and Peg Goertz (eds.).

Journal Articles

Downes, T., & Killeen, K. (2020). Why has growth of user fees and other nontraditional sources of local education revenues been so limited? Evidence from Colorado. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management,32(1),26-48. 10.1108/JPBAFM-04-2019-0065

Killeen, K.M. & Downes, T. (2016) Is there such a thing as alternative local revenues in US Public Education. School Business Affairs Magazine. Volume 82, Number 8. Association of School Business Officials International.

Published Report

Kolbe, T. & Killeen, K. (2017). Study of Vermont State Funding for Special Education. Submitted to the Vermont State Agency of Education (available at https://www.uvm.edu/sites/default/files/media/sped-funding-study.pdf).

Awards and Recognition

  • 2019 AERA Division L Policy Report of the Year: Kolbe, T. & Killeen, K. (2017). Study of Vermont State Funding for Special Education
  • 2013 Association for Education Financy and Policy (AEFP) Recognition of Service to the Board
  • 2012 Jackie M. Gribbons Award for Outstanding Service, University of Vermont
  • 2003 Stafford Scholar, National Institute for Leadership, Disability and Students Placed at Risk, College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont
  • 2000 National Center for Education Statistics, New Scholar Award

Associations and Affiliations

  • Association for Education Finance and Policy
  • American Education Research Association
  • Sociology of Education Association
Kieran Killeen

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Education finance
  • Economics of education
  • Teacher labor markets
  • Student mobility

Education

  • Ph.D., Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education, Cornell University, New York
  • M.S., Education, Cornell University, New York
  • M.S., Regional Science, City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, New York
  • B.A., Government and African Studies, St. Lawrence University, New York

Contact

Phone:
  • 802-656-3250
Office Location:

309 Waterman

Courses Taught

  • EDLP 300: Leading Learning Organizations
  • EDLP 310: Effecting and Managing Organizational Change
  • EDLP 333: Education Finance and Policy
  • EDLP 350: Survey Research Methods