Associate Professor

Tammy Kolbe is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont. Her research focuses on the allocation of educational resources (e.g. teacher quality, funding, and learning time) and the cost effectiveness of educational policies and programs. She also is developing new methods for considering costs and funding adequacy in higher education, and has expertise in special education funding and policy.

She regularly consults with a variety of government, non-profit, and education agencies, and is an affiliated researcher with the Wisconsin HOPE Lab and VT Education Research Alliance. She is member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Education Finance and the National Education Policy Center.


Kolbe, T. & O’Reilly, F. (2016). Expanded learning time in public schools: A cost effectiveness analysis of Massachusetts’ Expanded Learning Time Initiative. Leadership & Policy in Schools. (doi: 10.1080/15700763.2016.1232832)

Goldrick-Rab, S. & Kolbe, T. (2016). A matter of trust: Applying insights from social psychology to make college affordable. Policy Insights from the Behavioral & Brain Sciences. (doi: 10.1177/2372732216656457)

Natkin, L. & Kolbe, T. (2016). Enhancing sustainability curriculum through faculty learning communities. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 16(4), 540-558. (doi:10.1108/IJSHE-02-2015-0024)

Kolbe, T. & Strunk, K. (2012). Economic incentives as a strategy for responding to teacher staffing problems: An organizational typology.” Educational Administration Quarterly, 48(5), 779-813. (doi:10.1177/0013161X12441011)

Kolbe, T. & Rice, J. (2012). And they’re off: Tracking federal Race To The Top investments from the starting gate.” Educational Policy, 26(1), 185-209. (doi:10.1177/0895904811428975)

Rice, J., Roellke, C., Sparks, D., & Kolbe, T. (2009). Piecing together the teacher policy landscape: Multi-level case study findings from three states. Teachers College Record, 111(2), 511-546.

Hamilton, W. L., diStefano Norton, G., Ouellette, T.K., Rhodes, W., Kling, R., & Connolly, G. (2004). Smokers’ responses to advertisements for regular and light cigarettes and potential reduced exposure tobacco products. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 6(3), 353-362. (doi:10.1080/14622200412331320752)

Awards and Recognition

Provost Teaching Commendation, Florida State University 

Post-doctoral Fellowship. Competitively awarded by the American Educational Research Association/U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences

Associations and Affiliations

American Educational Research Association (AERA), Association for Education Finance & Policy (AEFP), Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)

Tammy Kolbe

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Educational finance
  • Educational policy
  • Higher education
  • Special education


  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from University of Vermont
  • M.S. in Policy Analysis & Evaluation from The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A. in Political Science/Public Policy from Kalamazoo College


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Office Location:

Waterman 499B

Courses Taught

Applied Data Analysis for Decision Making; Economics of Education; Family & Child Policy ; Policy to Practice: ; Program Evaluation & Assessment; Reading & Understanding Educational Research; Seminar on Education Policy