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Paul Teske, Dean & Distinguished Professor

Paul Teske

University of Colorado Denver
School of Public Affairs
P.O. Box 173364 - Campus Box 142
Denver, CO 80217 - 3364
Phone: (303) 315 - 2805
Fax: (303) 315 - 2229

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Areas of Interest: Urban Policy, Regulatory Policy & State and Local Education Policy.


Paul Teske assumed the role of Dean of the School of Public Affairs on July 1, 2008. Prior to his appointment, Teske served as the Director of the Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) and Director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) Denver at UCD’s School of Public Affairs in addition to his teaching and research activities as a Professor. He received the 2005 Distinguished Research Award from the 250 college member groups NASPAA/ASPA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration/American Society for Public Administration). He also won the 2005 Excellence in Research and Creative Activities award from the University of Colorado Denver. From 1988-2003 he was a professor of political science at SUNY Stony Brook. He earned his Ph.D. (1989) and MPA (1982) degrees in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He earned his B.A. in economics and political science, with highest honors in economics, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a James Johnston Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa.

Teske is very active in real world public affairs issues in Colorado.   He has advised the state’s Department of Regulatory Affairs on the regulation of professions.   He was a member of the DPS’s School Improvement Grant committee from 2006-2008, was appointed by Governor Ritter to the state’s P20 System Transformation Committee from 2009-2011, and advised the Legacy Foundation’s 2011 development of guidelines for implementing SB 191 for teacher evaluation.  He is currently a member of the Board for Great Education Colorado and is vice-chair of the Board of Get Smart Schools.

Teske’s public policy research has centered on education policy, regulatory policy, urban policy, and economic development policy. He has written 8 books, 50 articles, and 20 book chapters on these topics. His most recent book, Pay for Performance Teacher Compensation: An Inside Story of Denver’s ProComp Plan (Harvard Education Press, 2007, with Phil Gonring and Brad Jupp) analyzes the entrepreneurial policy development of the nation’s leading market-based teacher pay plan. His co-authored book, Choosing Schools (Princeton University Press, 2000, with Mark Schneider and Melissa Marschall), won the Aaron Wildavsky Award for best book from the American Policy Studies Organization. His most recent journal article, in Public Administration Review in 2007 (with Christine Martell), assesses the impacts of Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Academy of Education, Brookings Institution, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Manhattan Institute, American Enterprise Institute, Smith Richardson Foundation, and IBM Endowment for the Business of Government. He is currently a Co-PI for an National Science Foundation IGERT grant for $3.2 million for a multi-discplinary PhD and research program in Sustainable Infrastructure and Development. Teske’s research has been discussed in various media outlets, including the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, New York Times, New York Post, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Education Week, and National Public Radio.

Recent Publications:


Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Powers? President George W. Bush’s Influence over Bureaucracy and Policy. Palgrave. Edited by Colin Provost and Paul Teske. Forthcoming 2008/2009.

Implementing Teacher Pay for Performance: An Inside Story of Denver’s ProComp. Harvard EducationPress. Phil Gonring, Paul Teske, and Brad Jupp. 2007.

Regulation in the States. Brookings Institution Press. Paul Teske. 2004.

Choosing Schools: Consumer Choice and the Quality of American Schools. Princeton University Press. Mark Schneider, Paul Teske, and Melissa Marschall. 2000.

Journal Articles

"Fiscal Management Implications of Colorado’s TABOR Bind." Christine Martell and Paul Teske. Public Administration Review, July/August 2007.

"The Information Gap?" Paul Teske, Jody Fitzpatrick, Gabriel Kaplan. Review of Policy Research. 2006.

"Wither the States? Comments on the Digital Age Communications Act Federalism Report." Paul Teske. The Journal ofTelecommunications and High Technology Law. 2006.

"Checks, Balances, and Thresholds: State Regulatory Re-enforcement and Federal Preemption." Paul Teske. PS: Politics and Political Science, 2005.

Book Chapters

"What is Educational Entrepreneurship?" 2006. In Educational Entrepreneurship, edited by Rick Hess. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Education Press. Paul Teske and Aimee Williamson.

"Local School Boards as Chartering Agencies." 2005. In Besieged: Local School Boards and the Future of Education Politics, edited by William Howell. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press. Paul Teske, Mark Schneider and Erin Cassese. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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