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Scott Bauer

Associate Dean of Advanced Education & Doctoral Programs


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Scott C. Bauer (PhD, Cornell University) serves as professor and associate dean for advanced education & doctoral programs in the School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to joining the faculty in SEHD, he was professor and director of the Education Leadership division in the College of Education & Human Development, George Mason University, a faculty member on the faculty of the University of New Orleans, and research director of the School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans.

Bauer’s research interests involve the application of organizational theory to the improvement of schools, and the efficacy of various strategies used to develop education leaders at all levels. His most recent publications deal with the causes and consequences of educator isolation; the development of teacher and administrative leaders; and the organizational design of collaborative leadership strategies. He has served for the past few years as developer and lead faculty for the School Leadership Team Experience offered by the National Association of Independent Schools.

Bauer is co-author with David Brazer of Using Research to Lead School Improvement: Turning Evidence into Action (Sage, 2012), and is finalizing a text with Brazer & Bob Johnson tentatively titled Leading Schools Confidently: Solving Persistent Problems of Practice (Rowman & Littlefield). He is associate editor of the Journal of Organizational Theory in Education, a frequent reviewer and contributor to peer-reviewed journals, and has been an officer and active member of several learned societies, including serving currently as secretary-treasurer of the Organizational Theory Interest Group of AERA.

Prior to becoming a professor, Bauer was senior consultant, then managing partner at Organizational Analysis & Practice, Inc., a firm that specialized in conducting research, policy analysis, and professional development programs for schools and education agencies. Work in the education arena involved the application of theory and research from private and governmental sectors to the improvement of schools (e.g., total quality management; strategic planning).

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