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David Chapman

Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership

Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1975, higher education administration; program evaluation
M.A., Colgate University, 1970, education
B.A., Kalamazoo College, 1969, psychology/biology/philosophy

Org Leadership, Policy/Dev
310K Wulling Hall
86 Pleasant St S E
Tel: 612/626-8728

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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


During the last two decades I've worked in more than 50 developing countries, 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. My intense interest in developmental issues probably began as an undergraduate during a study abroad program in Sierra Leone.

One of the aspects I most enjoy about my work is its interdisciplinary nature. Complex educational issues are interwoven with the larger social and economic issues facing a country - they don't exist in the abstract. This is one of the reasons I enjoy working closely with multifaceted organizations such as the World Bank, UNICEF, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Asian Development Bank. I also enjoy collaborating with colleagues from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and from other academic disciplines.

Much of my research has focused on the quality of teacher work life and teacher incentives. I have looked at this issue in such diverse settings as Uganda, Laos, Ghana, Pakistan, Oman, and China. Over the several years, 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. During 2008, I led an evaluation of an in-service teacher training program in Malawi and I served on a team working with CARE to test possible ways to improve girls' education in eight low and middle income countries. I currently co-direct a six year longitudinal study of the impact of entrepreneurship education on the lives of economically disadvantaged youth across three countries of East Africa, sponsored by the MasterCard Foundation, Canada.

I also have a strong interest in the development of higher education systems. From 2009-2012 I led a seven-person team in an Asian Development Bank-sponsored study of higher education in Asia. During 2013, I am working with the UNESCO Institute of Statistics as Team Leader for a study of graduate education in Southeast Asia. For four months during the Spring of 2014, I will have a Fulbright Fellowship to work with the National Higher Education Research Center in Penang, Malaysia.

Previous to these activities, was a member of a five person team studying the career development of higher education faculty members in the United Arab Emirates, I 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. During the spring semester of 2008, I was a visiting professor at Michigan State University, working with the MSU Global Institute for Higher Education.

I'm often able to include advanced doctoral students on these international projects. Students in the comparative and international development in education (CIDE) sequence, for example, can sometimes go overseas as full team members, responsible for components of projects.

This is an interesting time to be in the field of international development, both because of the substantive issues in the forefront of development, and the world's changing political climate. The problems we face today, such as technology haves and have-nots, are different than those we faced in the 1980s. I feel it's important for the University of Minnesota, which already has a strong program in international education, to become an even bigger player in the international field.

Selected Publications

  1. Chapman, D. W., Austin, A., Farah, S., Wilson, E.& Ridge, N. (2013, in press). Academic Staff in the UAE:  Unsettled Journey. Higher Education Policy.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Chapman, D. W. & Moore, A. S. (2011). A meta look at meta studies of the effectiveness of development assistance to education. International Review of Education, 56(5-6), 547-565. doi:0.007/s11159-011-9185-0

  7. 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.]

  8. Sakamoto, R. & Chapman D. W. (Eds). (2010) Cross-border partnerships in higher education: Strategies and issues. New York: Routledge.

  9. Chapman, D. W, Stolz, I., & Glushko, O. (2010). National variations in the organization of scientific research. In M. S. Anderson & N. H. Steneck (Eds.), International research collaborations: Much to be gained, many ways to get in trouble (pp.35-50). New York: Routledge.

  10. Dong, L. & Chapman, D. W. (2010). China’s scholarship program as a form of foreign assistance. In, Chapman, D. W., Cummings, W. & Postiglione, G. (Eds.), Crossing borders and bridging minds in higher education (pp.145-166). New York: Springer Publishing.

  11. Ameen, H., Chapman, D. W. & Al-Barwani, T. (2010). The tension between profit and quality: Private higher education Oman,  In V. D. Rust, L. Portnoi & S. Bagley (Eds.), Higher education, policy and the global competition phenomenon (pp. 87-100). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

  12. Chapman, D. W. & Sakamoto, R. (2010). The future of cross-border partnerships in higher education. In R. Sakamoto & D. W. Chapman (Eds.), Cross-border partnerships in higher education: Strategies and issues (pp. 265-270). New York: Routledge.

  13. Al-Barwani, T., Ameen, H. & Chapman, D. W. (2010). Cross border collaboration for quality assurance in Oman: Contested terrain. In R. Sakamoto & D. W. Chapman (Eds.), Cross-border partnerships in higher education: Strategies and issues (pp. 3-15). New York: Routledge.

  14. Sakamoto, R. & Chapman, D. W. (2010). Expanding across borders: The growth of cross-border partnerships in higher education. In R. Sakamoto & D. W. Chapman (Eds.), Cross-border partnerships in higher education: Strategies and issues (pp. 133-152). New York: Routledge.

  15. Chapman, D. W., Burton, L. & Werner, J. (2010). Universal secondary education in Uganda: The head teachers’ dilemma. International Journal of Educational Development, 30(1), 77-82.

  16. Chapman, D. W., Al-Barwani, T. & Ameen, H. (2009). Expanding post-secondary access in Oman, and paying for it. In J. Knight (Ed.), Financing higher education: Access and equity (pp. 201-218). Rotterdam: SENSE Publishing.

  17. Chapman, D. W. (2009). Education reforms and capacity development in higher education. In Y. Hirosato (Ed.), Political economy of education reforms and capacity development in Asia (pp. 91-112). New York: Springer Publishing.

  18. Al-Barwani, T., Chapman, D. W. & Ameen, H. (2009). Strategic brain drain: Implications for higher education in Oman. Higher Education Policy, 22, 415-432.

  19. Chapman, D. W. & Miric, S. L. (2009). Education quality in the Middle East. International Review of Education, 55(4), 311-344.

  20. Chapman D. W. & Mushlin, S. (2009). Do girls’ scholarship programs work?: Evidence from two countries. International Journal of Educational Development, 28(4), 460-472.

  21. Johnstone, C. J. & Chapman, D. W. (2009). From policy to action: Contributions and constraints to the implementation of inclusive education policy in Lesotho. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 54(2), 131-148.

  22. Dong, L. & Chapman, D. W. (2009). Effectiveness of the Chinese government scholarship program as a form of Chinese foreign assistance. International Review of Education, 54( 2), 155-173.

  23. Updated July 2013