Journal of Personnel Evaluation in Education

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 21–38 | Cite as

Evaluating Teacher-Leaders for Careers as Administrators: Effects of Job Attributes, Teacher Leader Role, and Teaching Assignment Area

  • Brian T. Shumate
  • Marco A. Muñoz
  • Paul A. Winter


Recruitment of public school administrators is an important issue due to the shortage of qualified job applicants nationwide. The shortage of applicants requires school districts to evaluate their internal pools of potential applicants for administrative vacancies. This evaluation research addressed the recruitment of teacher-leaders to serve as assistant principals (APs) using a recruitment simulation technique. The participants were secondary school teacher-leaders who were counselors, school council members, department chairs, or resource teachers. The evaluation technique used involved an innovative experimental design approach. Teacher-leaders, whose current or past primary teaching assignment was in the core content areas (e.g., English/language arts, mathematics, science, social studies), rated the job of AP highest. Resource teachers rated the job significantly higher when the AP job emphasized instruction than when the job emphasized discipline. Implications for recruitment practice and future research are discussed.


recruitment assistant principals administrator recruitment school staffing public schools 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian T. Shumate
    • 1
  • Marco A. Muñoz
    • 2
  • Paul A. Winter
    • 3
  1. 1.Jefferson County Public SchoolsIroquois High Magnet Career AcademyLouisvilleUSA
  2. 2.Jefferson County Public SchoolsVanHoose Education CenterLouisvilleUSA
  3. 3.College of Education and Human DevelopmentUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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