Anthony Setari

Anthony P. Setari, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Educational Research Methods

Phone: 843-349-2112 Email: Office Hours:

Office Hours: Monday, 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. 



Anthony P. Setari, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of educational research methods in the Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences. Prior to joining Coastal Carolina University, Dr. Setari was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Quantitative Research Methods at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell and a Data Fellow with the Strategic Data Project at Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research. As a Data Fellow, Dr. Setari supported the research and evaluation work of District of Columbia Public Schools.

Dr. Setari received his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Education Sciences – Education Policy, Measurement, and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky. He also holds an M.A. in Teaching – Secondary Education from The Johns Hopkins University, which he completed during his work as a Teach for America middle school educator in Baltimore City, Maryland, and a B.A. in Writing and Linguistics from Georgia Southern University.

Dr. Setari’s research interests are focused on the measurement and evaluation of alternative education settings and programs. He has worked closely with the Montessori education research community and specializes in examining Montessori education at the secondary level. He has also conducted work with the arts education community and in the fields of global citizenry, health and wellness, and inclusivity in K-12 education settings. Dr. Setari specializes in the usage of Rasch Methodology to develop and validate measurement tools. He has received multiple awards for his Rasch Methodology work, including the Three-Minute Thesis Award from the Eastern Educational Research Association and the Graduate Student Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Survey Research in Education SIG. In 2018, he received the 40 Under 40 Award from the Georgia Southern University Alumni Association.

Interesting Facts

He enjoys kayaking in his free time. 


Research Methods, Program Evaluation, Psychometrics, Measurement, Montessori Secondary Education, Alternative and Nontraditional Education

Recent Publications

Setari, R. R., & Setari, A. P. (2018). Using social network analysis to evaluate academic assistance networks in a holistic education high school. Journal of Montessori Research, 4 (1), 25-41.

Setari, A. P., & Bradley, K. D. (2017). Determining the Measurement Quality of a Montessori High School Teacher Evaluation Survey. Journal of Montessori Research, 3 (1), 30-44.

Setari, A. P., Lee, J., & Bradley, K. D. (2016). A psychometric approach to the validation of a student evaluation of teaching instrument. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 51, 77-87.

Setari, A. P., & Setari, R. R. (2016). Trends in Catholic school minority enrollment and higher education entrance over the recession. Journal of Catholic Education, 19 (3), 4-19.

Research Interests

Alternative Education, Social and Emotional Learning, K-12 School Evaluation, Arts Education, Global Citizenry