Dr. William T. Hartman
TitleProfessor of Education (Educational Leadership)
DepartmentEducation Policy Studies
CentersCenter on Rural Education and Communities (CREC)
Dr. Hartman is Professor of Education in the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University and a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Center for Total Quality Schools at Penn State. At Penn State he teaches courses in Public School Finance, School District Budgeting, Financial Modeling and Data Analysis, and Decision Making. He is a recipient of the Graduate Faculty Teaching Award for the University for 1999. Prior to coming to Penn State in 1986, he was on the faculty at the University of Oregon and Stanford University. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Education Finance Association. He was a Visiting Fellow in Education at the University of Sussex in 1994 and a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University in 2003. He is the Acting Chair of the National Education Finance Conference.
As the Principal Investigator, he has recently completed a major federal project, Linking School Level Resources with Student Outcomes, to develop methodologies for creating school-level resource utilization and productivity reports from existing district and state data. His present research focuses on understanding and investigating the impacts on school districts of the current economic crisis—the new fiscal reality. Other areas of research interest and activities include school-level data analysis, resource allocation at the school and district levels, school budgeting and budget planning models, special education finance, school finance equity, total quality management in education, and financial models in educational leadership.
His books include School District Budgeting, Resource Allocation and Productivity in Education, and Ethics for School Business Officials. He has served as a consultant to various government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, to research organizations, to private industry, and to special interest groups in education.