211 Graduate Education Building
College of Education and Health Professions
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 575-3773
Fax: (479) 575-3196
James Shuls is originally from Pacific, MO. He moved to Joplin in 2000 to study elementary education at Missouri Southern State University. While at MOSO James met his wife, they moved to her hometown of Nixa, MO in 2004. While living in Nixa, James taught first and fifth grade in the Republic R-III School District, earned his masters degree in elementary education from Missouri State University, and had two children.
James is currently a Doctoral Academy Fellow and a PhD student in Education Policy. He is also a graduate assistant for the Office for Education Policy. His research interests include: school choice, performance pay for teachers, and government education policy.
- University of Arkansas
- Doctor of Philosophy, Education Policy
- Missouri State University
- Master of Science, Elementary Education, 2007
- Missouri Southern State University
- Bachelor of Science in Education, Elementary Education, 2004
PROFESSIONAL AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE
- Fall 2010: Classroom Learning Theory (CIED 3033), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
- Spring 2010: Essentials of Literacy (CIED 3093), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville AR
- 2009-2012 Graduate Assistant, Office for Education Policy, Fayetteville, AR
- Provide research assistance for Dr. Gary Ritter. Participate in ongoing evaluations of various educational policies including: consolidation and teacher salaries.
- 2008-2009: 5th Grade Classroom Teacher, Republic R-III School District, Republic, MO
- Subject areas taught: Math, Social Studies, and Spelling
- 2005-2008: 1st Grade Classroom Teacher, Republic R-III School District, Republic, MO
- Summer, 2007: Kindergarten Summer School Teacher, Republic R-III School District, Republic, MO
- Spring 2004: 2nd Grade Title-I Reading Paraprofessional, Republic R-III School District, Republic, MO
- Elementary Education, Career CPC
- Grades 1-6, State of Missouri
- Effective Date: 12/18/2004
- Early Childhood Education, Career CPC
- Birth- Grade 3, State of Missouri
- Effective Date: 12/18/2004
PUBLICATIONS, PROJECTS, REPORTS
- Shuls, J.V., Jensen, N.C., Rose, C.P., & Ritter, G.W. (2010). Comprehensive Analysis of Arkansas Teacher Salaries: State, Region, and District. Published as an educational resource for Arkansas’ schools, legislators, and policymakers by the Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas.
- Kirkland, B.R., Shuls, J.V., Rose, C.P., Jensen, N.C., & Ritter, G.W. (2009) Outstanding Educational Performance Awards: Highlighting Top Achieving Arkansas Schools, 2009. Published as an educational resource for Arkansas schools, legislators, and policymakers by the Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas.
- Shuls, J. (March 20, 2011). A Standardized Test Can Reinforce School Culture. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
- Shuls, J. & McShane, M. (February 1, 2011). A Question of Responsibility. St. Louis Post Dispatch.
- Shuls, J. (February 11, 2010). Will ‘Race to the Top’ Reforms Have a Lasting Effect? St. Louis Post Dispatch.
- Shuls, J. (January 11, 2010). Parents Deserve Choice of Sending Child to Charter School. The Springfield News-Leader.
- Shuls, J. V., Maranto, R., & Ritter, G. (April 9, 2011). Overcoming the Geographic Teacher Shortage: Lessons from KIPP Delta. Presented at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting.
- Maranto, R. & Shuls, J. V. (April 9, 2011). KIPPnotization: A case study of culture building. Presented at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting.
- Shuls, J. V., Ritter, G., & McGee, J. B. (March 25, 2011). Coming and Going: Selection and Attrition at One KIPP Campus. Presented at the Association for Education Finance and Policy’s annual meeting. (Poster Session).
- Maranto, R. & Shuls, J. V. (Jan. 7, 2011). The first day of KIPP: A case study. Presented at the Southern Political Science Association’s annual meeting.
- Jensen, N.C., Ritter, G.W., & Shuls, J.V. (2010). NWEA assessments and performance pay: A case study of the eSTem Public Charter Schools. Presented at NWEA Summer Conference, Portland, OR.