Marty Alberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Martha Alberg – Director of the Center for Research in Educational Policy – earned her B.S. degree in secondary education and English from West Virginia University. She holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and a doctorate in educational psychology from The University of Memphis. Dr. Alberg has extensive experience in corporate and educational project and personnel management; school-based research and evaluation; and professional development. She began her career in the classroom, teaching elementary and middle school students as well as pre-schoolers. She has a decade long history with CREP and co-authored both the School Climate Inventory and the School Observation Measure, as well as managing multiple research and evaluation projects and directing a two-year academy for Tennessee's new principals. She served as Director of School Redesign, Training and Development for Memphis City Schools, opening the district's Teaching and Learning Academy and overseeing a comprehensive school reform project for this 162-school urban school district. In her role as Assistant Dean, she directed program implementation, evaluation, and research for federally funded alternative licensure programs, funded at more than $1,000,000 per year.

Associate Director

Dan Strahl, M.S.

Dan Strahl serves as Associate Director for the Center for Research in Educational Policy. Mr. Strahl is responsible for project management, logistics, and communications. He has extensive experience managing and coordinating district and state wide evaluations across the country. In addition, he has personally conducted many hours of classroom observations and trained numerous other research professionals. Prior to joining CREP Dan had a successful career training financial services professionals. Aside from his work at CREP he also teaches pre-service and in-service teachers how to effectively integrate technology in the classroom as an instructor at the University of Memphis.


CREP employs a large and diverse staff of over 30 researchers, practitioners, and statisticians, including nine doctoral researchers and 12 masters-level researchers with expertise in a variety of disciplines.