Maren Oberman

Clinical Assistant Professor

Maren  Oberman, School of Education

Prior to joining the faculty at the School of Education, Dr. Maren Oberman worked as a K-12 teacher, an instructional coach, an administrator in schools and districts, and a teaching fellow at the graduate level. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership (EdLD) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, including a residency at the central office leadership level in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Through her work at LAUSD, Oberman completed her doctoral capstone, “Accountability, Coherence, and Improvement: Leadership Reflection and Growth in the Los Angeles Unified School District.”

Oberman’s research and practice has focused on increasing the status, respect, and value of teachers through preparation, meaningful professional development, and building leadership capacity. Her goal is to increase the quality and effectiveness of the U.S. K-12 educator force through reflective practice, inquiry-based improvement strategies, and personal leadership development. She is also deeply invested in surfacing issues around inequity in American education, through teaching, leadership, and community involvement. Oberman is a certified Data Wise coach and she serves on the Advisory Board of the Data Wise Improvement Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

A native of Chicago, Oberman received her BA in African-American Studies from Yale University (’99) and her masters in library science from Simmons College (’06). She has worked in schools in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Illinois and has served teachers and leaders in the Chicago Public Schools, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the Lubbock (Texas) Independent School District. At the University of Michigan School of Education, she serves as the director of the Educational Leadership and Policy MA program, teaching in the program (as well as in the elementary MA and certification program) as a clinical assistant professor.

Oberman teaches courses in the following program(s):
Educational Leadership and Policy



Courses & Syllabi

Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Fall 2014 EDUC 695. Research and Educational Practice EDUC 695.

Winter 2015 EDUC 649. Foundational Perspectives on Educational Reform EDUC 649.

Winter 2015 EDUC 649. Foundational Perspectives on Educational Reform EDUC 649.


Room 4033

Curriculum Vitae