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Thomas A. DeLuca, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
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Thomas DeLuca serves as an assistant professor with the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. Dr. DeLuca earned his PhD at Michigan State University, as well as earning an MEd in Educational Leadership and an MBA from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to his academic background, Dr. DeLuca's experience in K-12 public education includes serving as a teacher, principal, and finance director in both rural and urban districts. Dr. DeLuca also enjoyed 11 years with a Fortune 500 company where he worked in technology, finance, and international sales.

Professor DeLuca's research focuses on four key areas: the politics of K-12 education finance and policy, the influence of empirical evidence in decision-making and resource allocation, alternative service delivery models, and the structure and economics of K-12 educational organizations.

Professor DeLuca specializes in educational administration, school finance, and economics of education.

Teaching Interests

  • Educational finance
  • School and District Resource Management
  • School administrator preparation and licensure

Research Interests

  • Educational finance
  • K-12 Internal Resource Allocation
  • Mixed methods research
  • Economics of education

Selected Publications

DeLuca, T. A., Novak, J. C., & Cocolis, A. (2017). Retaliatory Teacher Transfer or Meeting a District Need?. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership Los Angeles: Sage Publications.

Arsen, D. A., DeLuca, T. A., Ni, Y. & Bates, M. (2016). Which Districts Get Into Financial Trouble and Why: Michigan’s Story. Journal of Education Finance, 42(2).

Saatcioglu, A. Skrtic, T. & DeLuca, T. A. (2016). The use of test accommodations as a gaming strategy: A state-level exploration of potential gaming tendencies in the 2007-2009 period and implications for re-directing research on gaming through test accommodations. Teachers College Record, 118(14).

Fischbein, R. & DeLuca, T. A. (2016). Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK): An Early Childhood Intervention Program Description and Evaluation. The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning, 23(4).

DeLuca, T. A. (2015). Federal Incentives to Merge Local Districts: Alternative Perspectives. Point/Counterpoint: A New Federal Role in Education? Incentivizing District Mergers? UCEA Review, 56(3), 20-22. Virginia: University of Virginia.

DeLuca, T. A. (2015). Do Countywide LEAs Allocate Expenditures Differently from Community-centric LEAs? Evidence from NCES Common Core Data. Journal of Education Finance, 40(3).

DeLuca, T. A. (2014). Service Consolidation. In . (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance; edited by Dominic J. Brewer & Lawrence O. Picus. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

DeLuca, T. A. (2014). Business Service Consolidation: A Case Study. School Business Affairs, Official Journal of the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO),(September 2014).

DeLuca, T. A. (2013). K-12 Non-Instructional Service Consolidation: Spending Changes and Scale Economies. Journal of Education Finance, 39(2).

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Educational Administration, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 2012
  • M.Ed., Educational Leadership and Administration, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2002
  • M.B.A., General Business Administration, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2001
  • B.S., Computer Science, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, 1989
  • B.S. in Education; Major: English, Minors: Mathematics, Reading, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 1983


Educational Administration, School Finance, Economics of Education