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Paul Teske, Dean & Distinguished Professor

Dean 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

Curriculum Vitae​

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


Paul Teske was named Dean of the School of Public Affairs in 2008. 

Prior to his appointment, Teske served as Director of CU Denver’s Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA), in addition to his teaching and research activities as a Professor. He was also director of the SPA PhD program.  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 from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a Johnston Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa. 

Teske won the 2005 Distinguished Research Award from the 275 college member group 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. 

In 2008, the CU Regents and CU President named Dr. Teske as a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor, one of just 75 scholars across all fields in the CU system (including 3,000 faculty members) ever given this designation, and the first ever honoree on the downtown Denver campus.

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 was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper as Colorado at-large representative to the federally-funded Regional Education Laboratory for 2012-present. He is currently chair of the Board of the nonprofit Catapult School Leadership. 

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 (co-edited with Colin Provost in 2009) is President George W. Bush’s Influence over Bureaucracy and Policy –Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Powers?   A prior 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. 

Recent Publications:


President George W. Bush’s Influence over Bureaucracy and Policy. Palgrave. Edited by Colin Provost and Paul Teske. 2009.

Implementing Teacher Pay for Performance: An Inside Story of Denver’s ProComp. Harvard Education Press. 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

“Implications of Public School Choice for Residential Location Decisions.” Todd Ely and Paul Teske. Urban Affairs Review. 2014. 

"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.

Book Chapters

“State Regulatory Policy,” Paul Teske and Colin Provost.  2013. Chapter in Oxford University Handbook on State and Local Government.

“Parent Choice and Charter Schools.” 2010.  In Unique Schools Serving Unique Students: Charter Schools and Children with Special Needs, edited by Robin Lake.  Seattle: Center on Reinventing Public Education. Tracey O’Brien, Kelly Hupfeld, and Paul Teske.  

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