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David Chapman

Professor; Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership

178 Pillsbury Dr SE
211C Burton Hall


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Ph.D., Syracuse University, higher education administration; program evaluation
M.A., Colgate University, education
B.A., Kalamazoo College, psychology/biology/philosophy


Areas of Interest

Education planning in developing countries
Government initiatives to influence practice at the school and classroom levels, with particular attention to developing countries
Role of information (and information systems) in policy formulation and education planning
Policy research
Program evaluation
International issues in higher education


I’ve worked in more than 55 developing countries over the last three decades, assisting national governments and international organizations in the areas of educational policy and planning, program design, and evaluation. My work focuses on issues of education development for both K-12 and higher education. Much of my work has addressed the impact of national policy on school practice, gender issues in education, the role of higher education in national development, and cross-border collaboration in higher education. I have worked extensively in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East. I have served as team leader of an evaluation of the U.S. government’s African Education Initiative, led an external evaluation of the UNICEF African Girls’ Education Initiative, participated in a World Bank study of secondary school teachers in sub-Saharan Africa, and authored a World Bank study of teacher issues in the Middle East and North Africa.  From 2009-2011, I was part of the CIDE team working with CARE to test possible ways to improve girls’ education in eight low and middle income countries. I also have a strong interest in the development of higher education systems. From 2010-2012, I served as the Team Leader of a study of higher education issues in Southeast Asia for the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and I recently authored a paper on faculty issues in higher education in East Asia for the World Bank.  I have also collaborated in conducting research on the career development of academic staff in Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates. I (with Joan DeJaeghere) led a three-year university partnership project working with Makerere University in Uganda and I served as a member of an international team assisting the Ministry of Higher Education in the Sultanate of Oman to develop a 15-year strategic plan for higher education. I have continued to work on higher education issues in Oman as part of a Fulbright New Century Scholars Fellowship. From 2012-2014 I served as Team Leader of a 16 person team studying the growth of graduate education in East and Southeast Asia for the UNESCO Institute of Statistics. More recently, I lead (with Frances Vavrus) a $1.2 million, five year project working with higher education institutions in Zambia in research aimed at supporting and strengthening basic education. I have also co-led (with Joan DeJaeghere, the MasterCard Project, a six year, $3.4 million, three country study of the impact of entrepreneurship training on the livelihoods of economically disadvantaged youth in Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya

Selected Publications

  1. Pellowski Wiger, N., Chapman, D. W., Baxter, A., & DeJaeghere, J. (in press). Context matter: A model of the factors associated with the effectiveness of youth entrepreneurship training. PROSPECTS: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education.

  2. Chapman, D. W, & Sarvi, J. (in press). Widely recognized problems, controversial solutions: Issues and strategies for higher education development in East and Southeast Asia, In J. Mok (Ed.) Managing international connectivity and diversity of learning: East Asian perspective, Springer Series on Higher Education in East Asia: Quality, Excellence and Governance, New York: Springer.

  3. Chapman, D. W., Pekol, A. & Wilson, E. (2015). Cross-border university networks as a development strategy: Lessons from three networks, International Review of Education, 60(5), 619-637.

  4. Chapman, D. W. & Chien, C-L (2015). Expanding up after expanding out: Graduate education in Malaysia and Thailand. Higher Education Studies, 5(3). doi:10.5539/hes.v5n3p1

  5. Kuzhabekova, A., Hendel, D. D., & Chapman, D. W. (2015). Mapping global research on international higher education. Research in Higher Education. doi: 10.1007/s11162-015-9371-1

  6. Chapman, D. W. & Lindner, S. (2014). Degrees of integrity: The threat of corruption in higher education. Studies in Higher Education. doi: 10.1080/03075079.2014.927854

  7. Baxter, A., Chapman, D. W., DeJaeghere, J., Pekol, A., & Weiss, T. (2014). How can entrepreneurship training offer an effective strategy for poverty reduction? A review of literature and international experience. In A. Weisman (Ed.), International education innovation and public sector entrepreneurship. Emerald Publishers.

  8. Watson, C., Chapman, D. W., & Okurut, C. O. (2014). The experience of receiving and then losing a scholarship: a tracer study of secondary school scholarship recipients in Uganda. Educational Research and Evaluation: An International Journal on Theory and Practice, 20(6), 494-511. doi: 10.1080/13803611.2014.980431

  9. Chapman, D. W., Al-Barwani, T., Al Maawali, F. & Jones. T. (2014). Similar paths, different destinations: Gender differences in teacher career paths in Oman. International Journal of Educational Reform, 23(1).

  10. Chapman, D. W., Austin, A., Farah, S., Wilson, E.& Ridge, N. (2013). Academic Staff in the UAE: Unsettled Journey. Higher Education Policy, 1-21. doi:0952-8733/13

  11. Chapman, D. W., Al-Barwani, T., Al Maawali, F. & Green, E. (2012). Ambivalent journey: Teacher career paths in Oman. International Review of Education, 58(3), 387-403.

  12. Jami, F. A., Burton, L. & Chapman, D. W. (2012). Does increasing instructional time lead to higher student achievement? Evidence from India. Asian Education and Development Studies, 1(3), 208-221.

  13. Shaw, M. A., Chapman, D. W. & Rumyantseva, N. L. (2011). Organizational culture in the adoption of the bologna process: A study of academic staff at a Ukrainian university. Studies in Higher Education, 1-15. doi:10.1080/03075079.2011.614336

  14. Shaw, M. A., Chapman, D. W. & Rumyantseva, N. L. (2011). Caught in a double bind: the impacts of the Bologna Process on academic staff in Ukraine. Higher Education Management and Policy, 23(3), 71-91.

  15. Chapman, D. W., Cummings, W. & Postiglione, G. (Eds.). (2010). Crossing borders and bridging minds in higher education. New York: Springer Publishing. [Named Best Book of the Year by the higher education SIG, Comparative and International Education Society.]

  16. Updated August 30, 2017