Samantha Hope, Ph.D.

RTR Admissions and Data Specialist, RTR Teacher Residency Program

Samantha Hope, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.T. in Elementary Education, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.A. in English, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • B.S. in Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Research interests

  • Teachers’ career decisions and policies to improve retention
  • Residency models of pre-service teacher preparation
  • Digital badges used for learning and professional development

Recent publications/projects

  • McKnight, K., Hope, S., Marrs, S., & Pitre-Martin, M. (2022). Lessons learned from an urban teacher residency. In Marshall, D.T. (Ed.) COVID-19 and the classroom: How schools navigated the great disruption. Lexington Books, pp. 247-262.
  • Marshall, D., Varier, D., Hope, S., & Abrams, L. (2020). The role of mentor-resident match in a teacher residency program: A comparison of three cases. Journal of Research in Education, 29(2), 88-117.
  • Jones, W.M., Hope, S., & Adams, B. (2018). Teachers’ perceptions of digital badges as recognition of professional development. British Journal of Educational Technology, 49(3), 427-438.


Dr. Samantha Hope is the admissions and data specialist for the RTR Teacher Residency Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. She previously held a position as a postdoctoral research fellow with the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC). She has researched teachers’ career decisions, teacher residency programs, and how virtual credentials can highlight learning and professional development. Prior to attending graduate school, Dr. Hope was an elementary school teacher in the metro Richmond area.

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