Kevin Hart

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
Social Research Specialist


Kevin currently serves as a Social Research Specialist within the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. His primary duties revolve around his role as Project Leader for the Transportation Information Management System (TIMS) where he assists over 50 school districts in Western North Carolina. He is also the Primary Researcher and an Assistant Researcher on a number of community research projects for the Urban Institute. In addition, Kevin is also an Adjunct Professor through the UNC Charlotte Department of Sociology.  Before returning to graduate school, he worked within the field of behavioral healthcare as a case manager for disruptive children, their families, and adults suffering from mental illness. As a graduate student, Kevin served as a Teaching Assistant in the Eberly College of Arts & Sciences, performed a Teaching Practicum in Advanced Data Analysis and then served as a Research Assistant within the Division of Planning and Finance where he conducted institutional research on WVU peer institutions.


Kevin holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Concord University, and a Masters Degree in Applied Social Research from West Virginia University.


Kevin is well versed in numerous methods of Research Design and Data Analysis for both quantitative and qualitative research projects. In addition to research design, Kevin continually grows his base of knowledge regarding a comprehensive assessment and understanding of issues related to efficient school bus routing and scheduling throughout North Carolina.


    Feb 17, 2014
    The demographics of local school districts matter to the families in local communities. They also matter to researchers, policy makers and disaster relief planners. North Carolina is gearing up to help in a new, national data collection effort. (Image: NCES SDDS Map Viewer)
    May 30, 2012
    Modern school buses are some of the safest vehicles on the road, but even these sturdy conveyances can be at risk in a collision with a train. Coordination between two N.C. state agencies helps give more information to school bus drivers across the state to help prevent this kind of accident.
    Apr 12, 2012
    Rising fuel prices add pressure to public school transportation operations that have already seen years of tight budgets. With each cost-cutting comes some change in service. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Iredell-Statesville are two examples of districts that have significantly changed operations. Is there an objective way to measure the effect? Data just released for all N.C. public school transportation systems allows comparison across the state.
    Mar 07, 2012
    On Feb. 8, a fire on board a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools bus drew national attention to an online video of the incident.Thanks to the quick reaction of the driver, all six students on board were evacuated without injury. The fire occurred in spite of a rigorous inspection system in place in the state.
    Sep 23, 2010
    For the second consecutive year, North Carolina school transportation departments are facing state budget cuts and must grapple with the challenge of providing safe transportation for students while reducing operational costs. After lawmakers finalized the state budget at the end of June, the...