Brenda K. Klostermann joined the Illinois Education Research Council as a Senior Researcher in June 2002 and became Assistant Director in August 2004 and Assistant Research Professor in 2006. Throughout most of August 2007 – August 2012, she served as Acting Director of the IERC while a search for Executive Director was underway. In July 2014 she became Associate Director and is responsible for day-to-day office administration, along with her research activities. She also maintains her Assistant Research Professor rank. Her expertise is in project management, survey research, and program evaluation research, in which she has conducted a number of studies within the P-20 education arena including early childhood teacher labor supply, teacher induction and mentoring, and cross-sector collaborations. Her experience includes working with small and large school systems, including the Cincinnati Public Schools. She also has research interests and experience with qualitative data methods and analyses. She is a life-long resident of Illinois, except for five years spent in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr. Klostermann earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Computer Science from Quincy University in 1987, a master's degree and doctorate in Applied Experimental Psychology with a Program Evaluation emphasis from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1990 and 1995, respectively.