Dr. Timmer’s research focuses on representation, access, and compensation in the principalship and superintendency, and how quantitative methods can help advance equity in education. In some current and recent projects, she examines gender disparities in principal salaries, how pathways to the superintendency differ by race and gender, and the “glass cliff” phenomenon of hiring women into precarious leadership positions. She was awarded a grant from the Seton Hall University Research Council to compile a rich statewide longitudinal data set appropriate for research on education leaders in New Jersey, and she is using this data set to investigate representation of newly hired leaders in precarious positions as defined by student achievement or school/district funding levels.
- PhD in Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- MA in Curriculum Studies, Louisiana State University
- MA in English, University of Miami
- BA in English, University of Kansas
- 2021 University Research Council Grant awardee