Lindsay Clare Matsumura is the interim Renée and Richard Goldman dean, an associate professor in the Learning Sciences and Policy Program, and a research scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center. In her associate dean role, she supervised school efforts to support colleagues to find and compete for funding and to manage their awards once received as well as mentor junior colleagues.
Her research focuses on improving the quality of reading and writing instruction in urban schools. Specifically, she investigates the effect of school reform initiatives on literacy instruction and students' learning, and the contextual factors (e.g., accountability mandates and leadership practices) that shape the effectiveness of these reforms. Matsumura's research also focuses on developing measures of instruction and students' text-based writing, and understanding the instructional practices (writing assignment tasks and assessments) that increase students' analytic writing skills. She has received funding for her research from the Institute for Education Sciences, and the Spencer and W.T. Grant Foundations, and her work has appeared in several journals including Learning and Instruction, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Elementary School Journal, Education Policy and Analysis Archives, Journal of Teacher Education and Educational Assessment. She has also written a book for teachers based on her research on writing tasks, titled, Creating High-Quality Classroom Assignments Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group