College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Dr. Samantha L. Viano
PhD, Vanderbilt University
Assistant Professor
Education Leadership

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Email: sviano (@gmu.edu)

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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 1304
4400 University Dr.
MS 4C2
Fairfax, VA 22030

Profile

Samantha Viano is an Assistant Professor of Education at the School of Education, College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Her past and future research agenda reflects a dedication to improving the long-term outcomes of marginalized students and professional lives of the educators who teach them by conducting rigorous evaluations of current policies and programs. Samantha earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics with a minor in education from Haverford College. She earned a Master in Science of Education degree from Northwestern University. Her terminal degree is a PhD in Leadership and Policy Studies with a focus on K-12 Education Policy from Vanderbilt University. Samantha taught high school math in Chicago in both a traditional high school as well as a charter high school. She has extensive experience as an education advocate, researcher, and journalist dating back to her time in college. 

Her work has been supported by the National Institute of Justice Comprehensive School Safety Initiative. She was a 2017 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow.

Research Interests

Dr. Viano's research focuses on the evaluation of programs and policies that predominately affect traditionally marginalized or at-risk student populations.Within this area, she focuses on several specific research strands:

  • School improvement.
  • Online credit recovery courses.
  • School climate and safety.
  • School security.
  • Exclusionary discipline.
  • Teacher retention.
  • School leadership effectiveness and preparation.
Recent Publications

Viano, S., Pham, L. D., Henry, G. T., Kho, A., & Zimmer, R. (In Press). Push or Pull: School-Level Factors that Influence Teacher Mobility in Low-Performing Schools. American Educational Research Journal. 

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Fisher, B. W., Higgins, E. M., Kupchik, A., Viano, S., Curran, F. C., Overstreet, S., Plumlee, B., & Coffey, B. (In Press). Are the Kids Alright? School Resource Officers’ Perceptions of Threats to Schools. Social Problems.

Kupchik, A., Curran, F. C., Fisher, B. W., & Viano, S. (2020). Police Ambassadors: Student-Police Interactions in School and Legal Socialization. Law & Society Review, 54(2), 391–422.

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Viano, S., & Baker, D. J. (2020). How Administrative Data Collection and Analysis Can Better Reflect Racial and Ethnic Identities. Review of Research in Education, 44(1), 301–331.

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Curran, F. C., Fisher, B. W., & Viano, S. (2020). Mass school shootings and the short-run impacts on use of school security measures and practices: National evidence from the Columbine tragedy. Journal of School Violence, 19(1), 6–19.

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Curran, F. C., Fisher, B. W., Viano, S., & Kupchik, A. (2019). Why and when do school resource officers engage in school discipline? The role of context in shaping disciplinary involvement. American Journal of Education, 126, 33–63.

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Curran, F. C., Viano, S., & Fisher, B. W. (2019). Teacher victimization, turnover, and contextual factors promoting resilience. Journal of School Violence, 18(1), 21–38.

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Redding, C., & Viano, S. (2018). Co-Creating School Innovations: Should Self-Determination Be a Component of School Improvement? Teachers College Record, 120(11), 1–32.

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Viano, S. (2018). At-Risk High School Students Recovering Course Credits Online: What We Know and Need to Know. American Journal of Distance Education, 32(1), 16–26.

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Fisher, B. W., Viano, S., Chris Curran, F., Alvin Pearman, F., & Gardella, J. H. (2018). Students’ Feelings of Safety, Exposure to Violence and Victimization, and Authoritative School Climate. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 43(1), 6–25.

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Viano, S., & Hunter, S. B. (2017). Teacher-principal race and teacher satisfaction over time, region. Journal of Educational Administration, 55(6), 624–639.

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Flores, S. M., Park, T. J., Viano, S., & Coca, V. M. (2017). State Policy and the Educational Outcomes of English Learner and Immigrant Students: Three Administrative Data Stories. American Behavioral Scientist, 61(14), 1824–1844.

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Grissom, J. A., Viano, S., & Selin, J. L. (2016). Understanding Employee Turnover in the Public Sector: Insights from Research on Teacher Mobility. Public Administration Review, 76(2), 241–251.

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Henry, G.T. & Viano, S. (2016). An Evaluation of the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System for School Administrators: 2010-11 through 2013-14. Consortium for Educational Research and Evaluation–North Carolina.

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