Jim Wyckoff is the Curry Memorial Professor of Education and Policy, and Director of the Center for Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness at the University of Virginia. He has published widely on issues of teacher labor markets, teacher preparation, recruitment, assessment and retention. In this work he has collaborated with policymakers in New York City, New York State and most recently the District of Columbia.
Currently, he is examining how teacher assessment and evaluation systems influence the quality of teaching, especially in traditionally low performing classrooms. He is a member of the editorial board of Education Finance and Policy. He has served on four National Research Council panels examining issues in teacher preparation, and the school lunch program, was the president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, and served on the Policy Council for the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.