James Nehring is an authority on education and teacher training, and is a thought leader in the national debate over standardized testing. His expertise also includes charter schools, organization of school systems and school leadership. 

Prior to becoming a faculty member at UMass Lowell, Nehring served as a public-school teacher and principal for 24 years and helped lead the startup of three public high schools. 

As an associate professor in UMass Lowell’s Graduate School of Education, Nehring teaches future educators about professional leadership and how to improve schools. 

Nehring earned a bachelor of arts at the University of Virginia, a master of arts degree at Brown University and a doctorate in education at UMass Amherst.