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330 Wulling Hall
86 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Fax: 612-624-3377

Undergraduate Studies:

Graduate Studies:



David Chapman

Professor; 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
310H Wulling Hall
86 Pleasant St S E

Tel: 612/626-8728

Download Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

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. 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.

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. I also have a strong interest in the development of higher education systems. I led a seven-person team in an Asian Development Bank-sponsored study of higher education in Asia (2009-2012) and served as Team Leader for the UNESCO Institute of Statistics study of graduate education in Southeast Asia (2012-2014). During Spring 2014 I had a Fulbright Fellowship to work with the National Higher Education Research Institute at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia. 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 am often able to include advanced doctoral students on these international projects.

Selected Publications

  1. Chapman, D. W., Pekol, A. & Wilson, E. (2014, in press). Cross-border university networks as a development strategy: Lessons from three networks, International Review of Education.

  2. Chapman, D. W. & Chien, C-L. (2014). Expanding out and up: What are the system-level dynamics? Case study of Malaysia and Thailand. In D. W. Chapman & C-L Chien (Eds.), Higher education in East and Southeast Asia: Expand out, expanding up. Montreal: UNESCO Institute of Statistics.

  3. 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

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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.]

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

  13. Updated July 2014