Brian Rowan

Burke A. Hinsdale Collegiate Professor, School of Education; Research Professor, Institute for Social Research

Brian  Rowan, School of Education

Brian Rowan is the Burke A. Hinsdale Collegiate Professor in Education, a research professor at the Institute for Social Research, and a professor of sociology at the University of Michigan. A sociologist by training (PhD, Stanford University), Rowan’s research has focused on the organization and management of schooling, paying special attention to the measurement and improvement of teaching quality. Over the past 10 years, he has been principal investigator of several large-scale survey and video studies of teaching practice, including the Study of Instructional Improvement, the Description of Reading Instruction in the United States, Understanding Teaching Quality, the Measures of Effective Teaching-Extension project, and the Pilot of Educator Effectiveness Tools in Michigan. His current research includes a randomized field trial of an early grades reading intervention, an evaluation of a high school instructional improvement program (known as Excellence for All initiative), and a study of online high schools in Florida. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Education and past recipient of the William J. Davis award for outstanding scholarship in the field of educational administration. He also has served on the editorial boards of top scientific journals in the field and consulted widely with U.S. federal government and U.S. private research organizations. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1991, he was a senior research director at Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, in San Francisco, California, and chairperson of the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University.

Rowan teaches courses in the following program(s):
Education and Statistics (Dual Degree)
Educational Policy, Leadership, and Innovation



Research Affiliations


9/1/2015 - 12/31/2015 Planning Grant to The Spencer Foundation: "Under Construction: The Rise, Spread, and Consequences of the Common Core State Standards Initiative in American Education"
Granting Agency: Tthe Spencer Foundation

1/11/2011 - 10/31/2011 Description of Reading Instruction Study
Granting Agency: Spencer Foundation

8/1/2007 - 8/6/2010 Center on Continuous Instructional Improvement-Issues in Scaling
Granting Agency: University of Pennsylvania/William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

10/1/2008 - 10/31/2009 An Experiment to Test the Feasibility and Quality of a Web-Based Questionnaire of Teachers
Granting Agency: Institute for Social Research/Vanguard Funds

3/1/2008 - 7/8/2009 Catalyzing School Improvement in Michigan: Working with Schools, Families and Communities
Granting Agency: Kellogg Foundation

1/1/2006 - 12/31/2006 Building Capacity to Evaluate Group Level Interventions
Granting Agency: University of Chicago

10/1/2005 - 9/30/2006 The Great Lakes East Comprehensive Center
Granting Agency: Learning Point Associates

1/1/2006 - 6/30/2006 The Great Lakes West Comprehensive Center - External Evaluation
Granting Agency: Learning Point Associates

2/1/2006 - 6/30/2006 The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality - Evaluation Plan
Granting Agency: Learning Point Associates

Courses & Syllabi

Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Fall 2014 EDUC 752. Organization and Governance of Education Promoted course. Read description »

Winter 2012 EDUC 551. School Organization and the Policy Environment EDUC 551. Educational Organization and the Policy Environment


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Curriculum Vitae