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Brian P Rowan

Professor Emeritus of Education, School of Education, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Research Professor Emeritus, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research

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Biography

Brian Rowan is the Burke A. Hinsdale Collegiate Professor in Education, a research professor at the Survey Research Center, 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.

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Publications

  • Ben Hansen, Rowan,Brian P, Sales, Adam C. 2018. Rebar: Reinforcing a Matching Estimator With Predictions From High-Dimensional Covariates. Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics 43(1):3-31.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Raudenbush, Stephen W.. 2016. Teacher evaluation in American Schools. Handbook of Research on Teaching 5th
  • Rowan,Brian P, Carlisle, Joanne F, Kelcey, Ben , Phelps, Geoffrey . 2011. Teachers' Knowledge About Early Reading: Effects on Students' Gains in Reading Achievement. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness 4(4):289-321.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 2011. Intervening to improve the educational outcomes of students in poverty: Lessons from recent work in high-poverty schools. Whither opportunity? rising inequality, schools, and children's life chances :xix, 551 p. :.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 2011. Intervening to improve the educational outcomes of students in poverty: Lessons from recent work in high-poverty schools. Whither opportunity? rising inequality, schools, and children's life chances :xix, 551 p. :.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 2010. Organizational institutionalism at Stanford: Reflections on the founding of a 30-year theoretical research program. Stanford's organization theory renaissance, 1970-2000, A volume in research in the sociology of organizations 28:3.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 2010. Organizational institutionalism at Stanford: Reflections on the founding of a 30-year theoretical research program. Stanford's organization theory renaissance, 1970-2000, A volume in research in the sociology of organizations 28:3.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Correnti, Richard , Miller, Robert J, Camburn, Eric . 2009. School improvement by design: Lessons from a study of Comprehensive School Reform designs. Handbook on education policy research
  • Rowan,Brian P, Correnti, Richard . 2009. Interventions to improve instruction: How implementation strategies affect instructional change. Studies in school improvement: A volume in theory and research in educational administration 8
  • Rowan,Brian P, Kataoka, S , Hoagwood, K . 2009. Bridging the Divide: In Search of Common Ground in Mental Health and Education Research and Policy. Psychiatric Services 60(11):1510-1515.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Camburn, Eric , Correnti, Richard . 2009. Teacher logs as a tool for studying education process. Calendar and time diary : methods in life course research
  • Rowan,Brian P, Robin Jacob, Corentti, R . 2009. Using instructional logs to identify quality in educational settings. Defining and measuring quality in youth programs and classrooms :13.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Richard Correnti. 2009. Interventions to improve instruction: How implementation strategies affect instructional change. Studies in school improvement: A volume in theory and research in educational administration 8
  • Rowan,Brian P, Richard Correnti, Robert J. Miller, Eric Camburn. 2009. School improvement by design: Lessons from a study of Comprehensive School Reform designs. Handbook on education policy research
  • Rowan,Brian P, Parkinson, J . 2008. Poverty, literacy achievement, and educational reform. Educating the other America : top experts tackle poverty, literacy, and achievement in our schools
  • Rowan,Brian P. 2008. Does the school improvement industry help or prevent deep and sound change?. Journal of Educational Change 9(2):197-202.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Correnti, Richard . 2007. Opening Up the Black Box: Literacy Instruction in Schools Participating in Three Comprehensive School Reform Programs. American Educational Research Journal 44(5):298-339.  
  • Ball,Deborah Loewenberg, Rowan,Brian P, Hill, Heather C, Blunk, Merrie , Goffney, Imani Masters. 2007. Validating the Ecological Assumption: The Relationship of Measure Scores to Classroom Teaching and Student Learning. Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research & Perspective 5(2/3):107-118.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Miller, Robert J. 2007. Organizational Strategies for Promoting Instructional Change: Implementation Dynamics in Schools Working with Comprehensive School Reform Providers. American Educational Research Journal 44(2):252-297.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Meyer, Heinz-Dieter . 2006. The new institutionalism in education.
  • Rowan,Brian P, Miller, Robert J. 2006. Effects of Organic Management on Student Achievement. American Educational Research Journal 43(2):219-247.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 2006. Truth or consequences: Reflections on the theory movement and its aftermath in education. New foundations for knowledge in educational administration, policy, and politics : science and sensationalism
  • Rowan,Brian P. 2006. The new institutionalism and the study of educational organizations: Changing ideas for changing times. The new institutionalism in education
  • Rowan,Brian P. 2006. The school improvement industry in the United States: Why educational change is both pervasive and ineffectual. The new institutionalism in education
  • Rowan,Brian P, Ball,Deborah Loewenberg, Hill, Heather C. 2005. Effects of Teachers' Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching on Student Achievement. American Educational Research Journal 42(2):371-406.  
  • Ball,Deborah Loewenberg, Rowan,Brian P. 2004. Introduction: Measuring Instruction. Elementary School Journal 105(1):3-10.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Raudenbush, Stephen W., Kang, S J. 2004. Estimating the effects of academic departments in organic designs in high schools: A crossed, multlevel analysis. Educational administration, policy, and reform : research and measurement 3
  • Rowan,Brian P, Camburn, Eric , Correnti, Richard . 2004. Using Teacher Logs to Measure the Enacted Curriculum: A Study of Literacy Teaching in Third-Grade Classrooms. Elementary School Journal 105(1):75-101.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Barnes, C L, Camburn, Eric . 2004. Benefiting from Comprehensive School Reform: A review of CSR implementations. Putting the pieces together : lessons from comprehensive school reform research
  • Rowan,Brian P, Harrison, Delena M, Hayes, Andrew . 2004. Using Instructional Logs to Study Mathematics Curriculum and Teaching in the Early Grades. Elementary School Journal 105(1):103.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Camburn, Eric , Taylor, James E. 2003. Distributed Leadership in Schools: The Case of Elementary Schools Adopting Comprehensive School Reform Models. Educational Evaluation & Policy Analysis 25(4):347-373.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Miller, Robert J. 2003. Sources and consequences of organic management in elementary and secondary schools. Studies in leading and organizing schools 2:51-89.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 2002. The Ecology of School Improvement: Notes on the School Improvement Industry in the United States. Journal of Educational Change 3(3/4):283-314.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 2002. Teachers' work and instructional management, part I: Alternative views of the task of teaching. Theory and research in educational administration 1:129-149.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 2002. Large-scale, cross-national surveys of educational achievement: Promises, pitfalls, and possibilities. Methodological advances in cross-national surveys of educational achievement
  • Rowan,Brian P. 2002. Teachers' work and instructional management, part II: Does organic management promote expert teaching?. Theory and research in educational administration 1:151-168.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Meyer, John W. 2002. Institutionalized organizations: Formal structure as myth and ceremony. Central currents in organization theory
  • Rowan,Brian P, Correnti, Richard , Miller, Robert J. 2002. What Large-Scale, Survey Research Tells Us About Teacher Effects on Student Achievement: Insights from the "Prospects" Study of Elementary Schools.. Teachers College Record 104(8):1525-1567.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 2002. Teachers’ work and instructional management, part II: Does organic management promote expert teaching?. Theory and research in educational administration 1:151-168.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 2002. Teachers’ work and instructional management, part I: Alternative views of the task of teaching. Theory and research in educational administration 1:129-149.  
  • John W. Meyer, Rowan,Brian P. 2002. Institutionalized organizations: Formal structure as myth and ceremony. Central currents in organization theory
  • Rowan,Brian P. 2002. Rationality and reality in organizational management: Using the coupling metaphor to understand educational (and other) organizations - a concluding comment. Journal of Educational Administration 40(6):604-611.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 2000. School reform in the United States: What works. Future school administration : Western and Asian perspectives
  • Rowan,Brian P, Meyer, John W. 1999. The structure of educational organizations. Schools and society : a sociological approach to education
  • Rowan,Brian P, Miskel, Cecil G. 1999. Institutional theory and the study of educational organizations. Handbook of research on educational administration : a project of the American Educational Research Association 2nd
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1998. The task characteristics of teaching: Implications for the organizational design of schools. Curriculum leadership : rethinking schools for the 21st century
  • Rowan,Brian P, Chiang, Fang-Shen , Miller, Robert J. 1997. Using Research on Employees' Performance to Study the Effects of Teachers on Students' Achievement.. Sociology of Education 70(4):256-284.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1996. Starndards as incentives for reform. Rewards and reform : creating educational incentives that work 1st
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1995. Research on Learning and Teaching in K-12 Schools: Implications for the Field of Educational Administration. Educational Administration Quarterly 31(1):115-133.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1995. The organizational design of schools. Images of schools : structures and roles in organizational behavior :410.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1995. Research on status attainment and school effects. Continuity and contradiction : the futures of the sociology of education :394.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1995. Institutional studies of organizations: Lines of data analysis and data requirements. Advances in research and theories of school management and educational policy. Volume 3 : a research annual
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1995. Learning, Teaching, and Educational Administration: Toward a Research Agenda. Educational Administration Quarterly 31(3):344-354.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1995. Institutional studies of organizations: Lines of data analysis and data requirements. Advances in research and theories of school management and educational policy. Volume 3 : a research annual
  • Rowan,Brian P, Meyer, John W. 1994. Institutionalized organizations: Formal structure as myth and ceremony. The international library of management
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1994. Research on learning and teaching: Implications for school administrators. Educational administration: the UCEA document base
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1994. Research on learning and teaching: Implications for school administrators. Educational administration: the UCEA document base
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1994. Comparing Teachers' Work with Work in Other Occupations: Notes on the Professional Status of Teaching. Educational Researcher 23(6):4-17.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1994. Review of Decentralization and school improvement: Can we fulfill the promise. Contemporary Sociology 23(4):569-571.  
  • John W. Meyer, Rowan,Brian P. 1994. Institutionalized organizations: Formal structure as myth and ceremony. The international library of management
  • Rowan,Brian P, Raudenbush, Stephen W., Cheong, Yuk Fai. 1993. Higher order instructional goals in secondary schools: class, teacher, and school influences. American Educational Research Journal 30:p. 523-53.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1993. Teaching As a Nonroutine Task: Implications for the Management of Schools.. Educational Administration Quarterly 29(4):479-500.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Talbert, Joan E, McLaughlin, Milbrey Wallin. 1993. Understanding context effects on secondary school teaching. Teachers College Record 95:45-68.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Raudenbush, Stephen W., Cheong, Yuk Fai. 1992. Contextual effects on the self-perceived efficacy of high school teachers. Sociology of Education 65:150-167.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Meyer, John W. 1991. Institutionalized organizations: Formal structure as myth and ceremony. The New institutionalism in organizational analysis
  • Rowan,Brian P, Stephen W. Raudenbush, S. J. Kang. 1991. School climate in secondary schools: A multilevel analysis.
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1991. Organizational Design in High Schools: A Multilevel Analysis.. American Journal of Education 99(2):238-266.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Raudenbush, Stephen W., Kang, S J. 1991. School climate in secondary schools: A multilevel analysis. Schools, classrooms, and pupils : international studies of schooling from a multilevel perspective
  • John W. Meyer, Rowan,Brian P. 1991. Institutionalized organizations: Formal structure as myth and ceremony. The New institutionalism in organizational analysis
  • Rowan,Brian P, Elmore, Richard F. 1990. Restructuring schools : the next generation of educational reform. Jossey-Bass education series 1st:309.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1990. Applying conceptions of teaching to organizational reform. Restructuring schools : the next generation of educational reform 1st
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1990. Chapter 7: Commitment and Control: Alternative Strategies for the Organizational Design of Schools. Review of Research in Education 16
  • Rowan,Brian P, Guthrie, L F. 1989. The quality of Chapter 1 instruction: Results from a study of 24 schools. Effective programs for students at risk
  • Rowan,Brian P, L. F. Guthrie. 1989. The quality of Chapter 1 instruction: Results from a study of 24 schools. Effective programs for students at risk
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1985. Review: Making Sense of Organizational Symbolism; Organizational Symbolism (Monographs in Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations, Vol. 1).. Contemporary Sociology 14(2):173-175.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1985. The assessment of school effectiveness. Reaching for excellence : an effective schools sourcebook
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1984. Shamanistic rituals in effective schools. Issues in Education 21(Fall):517.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Miracle, Andrew W, Suggs, D . 1984. Play activities and elementary school peer groups. The Masks of play
  • Rowan,Brian P, Denk, Charles E. 1984. Management Succession, School Socioeconomic Context, and Basic Skills Achievement. American Educational Research Journal 21(3):517-537.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Meyer, John W. 1983. The structure of educational organizations. The Dynamics of organizational change in education
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1983. Research on Effective Schools: A Cautionary Note.. Educational Researcher 12(4):24-31.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Meyer, John W, Scott, W Richard, Deal, T E. 1983. Organizational environments ritual and rationality.
  • Rowan,Brian P, Miracle, Andrew W. 1983. Systems of Ability Grouping and the Stratification of Achievement in Elementary Schools. Sociology of Education 56(3):133-144.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1982. Organizational Structure and the Institutional Environment: The Case of Public Schools.. Administrative Science Quarterly 27(2):259-279.  
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1982. The Status Organizing Work of Schools. Social Science Quarterly 63(3):477-491.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Bossert, Steven T, Dwyer, David C, Lee, Ginny V. 1982. The Instructional Management Role of the Principal. Educational Administration Quarterly 18(3):34-64.  
  • Rowan,Brian P, Meyer, John W. 1981. Institutionalized organizations: Formal structure as myth and ceremony. The sociology of organizations : basic studies 2d
  • John W. Meyer, Rowan,Brian P. 1981. Institutionalized organizations: Formal structure as myth and ceremony. The sociology of organizations : basic studies
  • Rowan,Brian P. 1981. The effects of institutionalized rules on administrators. Organizational behavior in schools and school districts
  • Rowan,Brian P, Meyer, John W. 1980. Institutionalized organizations: Formal structure as myth and ceremony. A sociological reader on complex organizations 3d
  • John W. Meyer, Rowan,Brian P. 1980. Institutionalized organizations: Formal structure as myth and ceremony. A sociological reader on complex organizations
  • Rowan,Brian P, Meyer, John W. 1977. Institutionalized Organizations: Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremony. The American Journal of Sociology 83(2):340-363.