Name Chase Nordengren, PhD
Phone 971.506.4164
Summary Educational researcher and author with thirteen years of experience in program evaluation and thought leadership to support educator success and organizational growth. My work emphasizes the ability of all students and teachers to succeed through individualized learning, a focus on effective data use, and the pragmatic use of qualitative and quantitative research.


  • 2022.01 -
    Principal Research Lead, Effective Instructional Strategies
    - Research (50%): Conducted mixed-methods primary research on effective instructional practice and managed program evaluation services team.
    - Strategic Leadership (20%): Built organization’s theory of action and provided ongoing internal learning and marketing support.
    - Business Development (30%): Supported sales enablement for program evaluation services and product-independent learning, primary SME for RFP development
  • 2019.01 -
    Senior Research Scientist, Professional Learning
    - Research (50%): Conducted research on effective instruction and impact of professional learning.
    - Program evaluation (50%): Developed and executed program evaluation as a new service offering.
  • 2016.07 -
    Research Scientist
    - Research (75%): Executed primary and secondary research on product innovation, teacher and administrator use of assessment data, and assessment validation.
    - Product development (25%): Served as SME on new product development in social-emotional learning
  • 2015.06 -
    Administrator, Human Subjects Division
    - Compliance (75%): Conducted independent analysis of biomedical and behavioral research studies for compliance with federal and state laws.
    - Administration (25%): Advised researchers on ethical research conduct and supervised execution of human subjects requirements.
  • 2010.01 -
    Team Leader
    - Research (75%): Supported development and implementation of first national review of teacher preparation programs, including data gathering and analysis.
    - Management (25%): Led team of evaluators in data gathering and analysis


  • 2011 - 2015
    College of Education
    PhD — Leadership, Policy, & Organizations in K-12 Systems
    • Dissertation: Ties and Talk: Tracing the Work of Informal Teacher Leaders Through Mixed Methods Social Network Research.
    • Committee: Michael S. Knapp, Robert Abbott, Ann Ishimaru.
    • PhD Certificate: Mixed Methods Educational Sciences
    • Teaching Experience: Qualitative Methods in Educational Research, Mixed Methods Educational Research.
  • 2012 - 2013
    Evans School of Public Policy and Governance
    PhD Certificate — Public Policy and Management
  • 2006 - 2010
    College of Arts and Sciences
    BA — Politics
    • Honors in classical philosophy and the social sciences


  • 2020
    EdTech Genome Project Technical Committee
    EdTech Evidence Exchange
    Provided methodological and professional consulting as part of a working group on factors of educational technology implementation for this University of Virginia-led initiative.
  • 2014
    Clark Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administratio and Policy
    National Council on Educational Administration (NCEA)
    Participated in a pre-doctoral mentorship program for emergent scholars in educational leadership and policy.
  • 2011
    CREST Fellowship (Total Value: $150,000)
    University of Washington & US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences
    Awarded pre-doctoral fellowship focusing on mixed methods research and the P-20 continuum in education. Obligations included regular pro-seminar work, research fellowship with a variety of faculty, and active development of an independent research agenda.
  • 2007
    Economic Policy Innovation Prize (Total Value: $10,000)
    Hamilton Project (Brookings Institution)
    Awarded best undergraduate paper prize for policy paper arguing for improving rural health care provider recruitment and retention through remote certification and professional development.


Program evaluation
Needs assessment
Survey design
Classroom observation
Research Methods
Mixed methods design
Qualitative research
Quantitative research
Social network analysis
Structural equation modeling
Action research
Strategic planning
Theory of action development
Thought leadership
Strategic communications
Media engagement
Collaborative design
Business development
Proposal development