Anthony Schmidt

Data Scientist

About Me

I recently graduated with a PhD from the University of Tennessee’s Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement program. I am currently a data scientist at Amplify. I primarily play in R and SQL.


  • Climate change, society, and education
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Data visualization
  • Data science (in) education
  • R


  • PhD in Evaluation, Statistics, and Methodology, 2022

    University of Tennessee-Knoxville

  • MSEd in Language Education/TESOL, 2011

    Indiana University-Bloomington

  • BA in Anthropology, 2006

    University of South Florida

Blog Posts

Make an Easy-to-Maintain CV or Resume using R

The vitae package makes it easy to create a reproducible and dare I say quite sexy looking CV or résumé using R Markdown. Essentially, …

Creating a New R Project from the Windows Context Menu

Here is something I have wanted to do for a while: create a new folder and then simply be able to right-click and create a new R …

A Zotero Workflow for R

In terms of citation management systems, there are not many options: EndNote, Excel, Mendeley, and Zotero. I was a big fan of Mendeley, …

How do you pronounce that? Twitter Polls, Academic Language, and Data Science

Over the years, I have asked a fair amount of questions on Twitter in the form of polls. Many of these have to do with pronunciation, …

Making a Correlation Table with Highlighted Values

This blog post is inspired by a structural equation modeling class I am currently taking. Part of assessing model fit is examining …


What I’m Currently Working On


footprint: Calculate carbon footprints from air travel in R

The goal of footprint is to calculate carbon footprints from air travel based on IATA airport codes or latitude and longitude.

A Document Analysis of University Climate Policies and Air Travel

This project utilize qualitative document analysis to examine the role of flying less as a Scope 3 emissions reduction strategy in …

R Handbook for ESM Students

This project entailed development of a R resource guide relevant to students in our evaluation, statistics, and measurement PhD …

Data-Related Jobs for ESM Students

This is an ongoing project to analyze the skills and competencies as expressed in data-related job postings.

Becoming Tidyr over Time

Understanding the development of data visualization skills in an online community of practice.

Fly or Die - The Relationship between Conference Travel, Employability, and the Climate Crisis.

The “Fly or Die” project is a multi-survey research project that looks at the complex relationship between graduate student …

Intensive English Program Student Academic Achievement

A comparison of IEP and directly-admitted students.

Planting the Seeds for Computer Science Education in East Tennessee

The project was focused developing opportunities for K-8 teachers to engage in professional development on the Tennessee computer …

Recent Publications

STARS and Stripes: Political and Institutional Factors that Affect Higher Education Sustainability Ratings

This research employed stakeholder theory to investigate what factors are associated with institutional and political factors that …

University air travel and greenhouse gas mitigation: An analysis of higher education climate policies

This research used qualitative document analysis to examine the climate policies of 46 public doctoral institutions to understand how …

Are International Students Getting a Bang for their Buck? The Relationship between Expenditures and International Student Graduation Rates

This study investigated to what extent institutional expenditures affect undergraduate international student graduation rates.

Intensive English Program (IEP) Student Academic Achivement: Comparing IEP and Directly-Admitted International Student GPA

The current research examines the effectiveness of an IEP by comparing IEP students to directly-admitted international students on GPA.

Book Review - International Students in First-Year Writing: A Journey Through Socio-Academic Space

A review of International Students in First-Year Writing: A Journey Through Socio-Academic Space by Megan M. Siczek


From Click to Code: Insights from Instructors and Students on Moving from SPSS to R in a Graduate-Level Applied Statistics Course

This presentation will discuss the switch from SPSS to R in an advanced graduate-level applied statistics course in an educational …

University Air Travel and GHG Mitigation: Examining Institutional Policies through the Lens of #flyingless

Preliminary results from a document analysis of institutional policies regarding mitigation of GHG emissions from university air …

Becoming “TidyR” over Time- Data Visualization Development in an Online Community of Practice

Initial analysis of one year’s worth of TidyTuesday tweets.

A survey of teachers and administrators regarding the implementation of new K-8 computing education standards in Tennessee

Preliminary results of needs analysis surveys of administrators and teachers on TN state computer science standards.

A Comparison of Direct Admit and IEP Student Academic Achievement

An example talk using Academic’s Markdown slides feature.


Example Visualization Work


Poll Results

Visualizations of poll results.

Racial/Ethnic Diversity in the Higher Education Workforce

This interactive graphic explores the racial diversity in the four key higher ed workforce areas. It allows country-wide, …

Reports with Interactive Visualizations

Example reports that include interactive visualizations.

Reports with Static Visualizations

Example reports that include static visualizations.

The Black and White Higher Education Workforce

This interactive graphic explores the representation and pay of Black employees across the higher education workforce.

Financial Wellness in Higher Education

This infographic summarizes key takeaways from a TIAA Institute/CUPA-HR survey on financial wellness in Higher Education.

The Looming Enrollment Cliff

The purpose of this dashboard is to understand and explore forecasted enrollments in Higher Education.

Multilingual “Welcome” Logo

The image below was designed for a t-shirt marketing campaign at the English Language Institute. It depicts the phrase “welcome” in …

Professional Experience


Data Scientist


Nov 2021 – Present Remote / Brooklyn, NY

Data Visualization Researcher


Aug 2019 – Present Knoxville, Tennessee

Responsibilities include

  • Analyzing and wrangling large data sets
  • Creating data visualizations for general audiences
  • Creating data visualizations and infographics for print media
  • Creating interactive visualizations and dashboards
  • Online survey creation, deployment, and analysis

Tools used include

  • R, SPSS, Excel
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Tableau
  • Infogram

Teaching Associate

English Language Instittue (University of Tennessee)

Jul 2014 – Aug 2019 Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Taught beginner to advanced classes of English for general and academic purposes to international students.
  • Several courses included content-based instruction through history, cultural geography, and climate science.
  • Organzed, analyzed, and reported on course evaluations.
  • Co-wrote proposal for, coordinated academics, and taught in 2019 Summer EducationUSA Academy. This academy has a focus on business and entrepeurship and was taught in conjunction with the Haslam College of Business.

English Language Instructor

Pukyong National University

Jan 2012 – Jul 2014 Busan, South Korea
Taught English for general and academic purposes to international students

English Language Teacher

Various (see below)

Jul 2007 – Jul 2014
  • Southeast University, Nanjing, China (June, 2018)
  • Samsung Electronics/Pukyong National University, Busan, South Korea (2012-2014)
  • Yangun Middle School (양운중학교), Busan, South Korea (2010-2012)
  • Tsukuno Junior High School (津久野中学校), Osaka, Japan, 2009
  • Daicheong Middle School (대청중학교), Busan, South Korea (2007-2009)