Eric Wearne

Dr. Eric Wearne

Assistant Professor of Education

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Prior to joining the GGC faculty, Dr. Eric Wearne led the research and data analysis efforts of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) for several years, first as director of data analysis, and then as deputy director. At GOSA, Wearne managed the publication of the annual State Report Card and Scoreboard, coordinated several Georgia-specific research projects, conducted statewide audits of standardized testing practices and played a major role in developing and writing Georgia’s successful Race to the Top application.

In recent years, Wearne has served as Governor Sonny Perdue’s representative to the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), which guides the development and reporting of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as “the Nation’s Report Card.” He has also served as the keynote speaker for the Georgia Appalachian Center for Higher Education's annual awards ceremony.

Before joining GOSA, Wearne served as a university supervisor for the Division of Educational Studies at Emory University, mentoring and evaluating student teachers in the Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb school systems. As a graduate student, he was named a Woodruff Fellow by Emory and a Dan Searle Fellow by the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He also taught undergraduate courses in education policy and history.

His writing has been published by, the Cato Institute, and also by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, where he worked as a research assistant. Wearne began his career teaching English and debate at Duluth High School in Gwinnett County. He holds a Ph.D. in educational studies from Emory University, a M.A. in English education from the University of Georgia and a B.A. in English from Florida State University.


  • Doctorate – educational studies – Emory University
  • Master's – English education – University of Georgia
  • Bachelor's – English – Florida State University

Academic Interests

  • Education policy
  • History of American education
  • School choice


  • Woodruff Fellowship, Emory University
  • Dan Searle Fellowship, Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Education Finance and Policy
  • History of Education Society