Profile: David S. Woo
David Woo is an Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. Before earning his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University, he worked as a high school English teacher on Chicago’s south side for six years. While working at a charter school in Chicago, he grew interested in the influence of school leadership, school finance, and school choice on educational outcomes. In his pursuit to better understand these factors, he completed an M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership with a concentration in Education Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago before pursuing a Ph.D. Some of his research interests include the role of policy in improving the training and selection of effective leaders, the influence of teacher unions on educational outcomes, and school finance in the context of school choice. Some of his current research examines the relationship between Principal Preparation Programs and principal performance, assistant principal contributions to schools, and the factors that shape charter school unionization and bargaining.