April 11, 2011
V. Darleen Opfer has joined the RAND Corporation as director of RAND Education and will hold the newly created RAND Distinguished Chair in Education Policy.
"Darleen Opfer has excelled as a teacher, working with policymakers, and in academia, where she has explored education policy and school improvement," said RAND President and CEO James A. Thomson. "Those experiences will help RAND Education grow to be the world's leading source of ideas and analysis on K-12 education."
Since 2005, Opfer served on the faculty of education at the University of Cambridge, England, where she was director of research and senior lecturer in research methods and school improvement. Prior to her work in Cambridge, she served as director of The Ohio Collaborative: Research and Policy for Schools, Children, and Families at Ohio State University, where she was also an associate professor of research methods.
Opfer also was an assistant professor at Georgia State University and served as research director for the Virginia Institute of Government at the University of Virginia.
Opfer has conducted policy research studies for a number of governments, including on the recruitment and retention of school leaders for the Scottish government and on teacher professional development for the Training and Development Agency for Schools in England.
Opfer holds a Ph.D. in education policy studies and an M.Ed. in behavior disorders from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. in education from Stetson University. She will be based in the RAND office in Pittsburgh.