David M. Anderson

A photo of David Anderson.


Leadership and Counseling

304AA John W. Porter Building


[email protected]


Ed.D., Educational Foundations, Policy and Administration, University of Michigan

License / Certifications

  • American Sign Language Interpreter Certification (South Dakota)
  • Certificat Pratique de Langue Français (French University System)


Dr. Anderson has worked in the education field for over 25 years, in a variety of capacities, including as a secondary mathematics and computer science teacher, a researcher for the Bureau of Accreditation and School Improvement Studies, the executive associate for Research and Assessment with the National Board For Professional Teaching Standards, the associate director for the National Science Foundation Statewide Systemic Initiative in South Dakota, the lead administrator at a professional development school (PDS), and a faculty member in Maryland and Michigan. He is currently the coordinator of the doctoral program in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University. He has published over 40 articles and book chapters, completed over 100 scholarly presentations, and authored over 20 funded grant proposals. He is a past president of the Michigan Association of Professors of Educational Administration, and has been awarded the EMU College of Education Innovative Scholarship Award, the EMU College of Education Special Service Award, the Maryland Association of Higher Education Award for Outstanding Research, and the University of Michigan Award for Outstanding Dissertation in School Administration.

Interests and Expertise

Research Interests

  • International/Comparative/Global education
  • Leadership/Organizational/Motivational theory
  • Technology in Education
  • STEM education
  • Instructional Supervision and Program Evaluation
  • Research Methods in Educational Administration
  • Hosted one cohort (five university administrators) from the first set of Iraqi scholars to study in the US through the "Fulbright Iraqi Visiting Scholars Exchange Program". This program was innovative in terms of coordinating five research projects around international university accreditation/reform processes based on institutional-level data collection and analysis.
  • Facilitated the development of the research and assessment component of an advanced certification system (NBPTS) for K–12 teachers, including the alignment of performance standards, authentic performance-based assessments/portfolios, holistic scoring systems, and feedback strategies. This system was analyzed against appropriate validity, reliability and equity criteria.
  • Developed an evaluation plan for a statewide systemic reform initiative (integrating mathematics and science instruction using educational technology), including implementing a new statewide performance assessment system with associated teacher in‑service assessment workshops, evaluation strategies for curricular and staff development projects, and an integrated state telecommunications network system (with two-way interactive teleconferences as well as the use of computer conferencing linking universities, schools and community).
  • Developed a cutting-edge integrated relational database, drawing from state and national sources to support program evaluation for schools across Michigan. This system was integral as schools shifted from an "input-based" to "outcome-based" accreditation/program evaluation system with a new emphasis on authentic performance assessments.
  • Developed online and blended courses (including parts of the first fully online Master's program in educational leadership at EMU). These courses were innovative in terms integrating service learning through asynchronous and synchronous online activities.


  • EDLD 509 Educational Leadership in a Pluralistic Society
  • EDLD 514 Organization and Administration of K–12 Schools
  • EDLD 515 Instructional Supervision and Program Evaluation
  • EDLD 517 Leadership for School Improvement
  • EDLD 518 Multimedia Technology for School Administrators
  • EDLD 612 Economics of Public Education
  • EDLD 681 Leadership Perspectives on Comparative and Int'l Education
  • EDLD 710 Educational Leadership Theory and Practice
  • EDLD 712 Analysis of Research in Administration
  • EDLD 713 Field-based Research in Educational Leadership
  • EDLD 714 Data-Driven Decision Management for Educational Leaders
  • EDLD 794 Advanced Seminar in Educational Administration
  • EDLD 810 Ethics and Policy Analysis for Educational Leaders
  • EDLD 895 Dissertation Research Seminar

Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications

  • Anderson, D. (2013). "Service learning as personal and social transformation" and "Social media as disruptive technology in a loosely-coupled system". Nurturing activities at higher education institutions: Problems, effectiveness, and quality. Voronezh, Russia: Voronezh State University.
  • Anderson, D. (2012). "The Refractive Practitioner: Improving School Leadership through the Dialectic of Construction and Deconstruction". Contemporary Issues of Higher Education: Approaches and Perspectives. Voronezh, Russia: Voronezh Institute of High Technologies.
  • Anderson, D. (2011). "Keeping Your Head in the 'Cloud': Effective E-Teaching and E-Learning" and "Characteristics of Effective Online Classrooms: A Framework for Design and Implementation". Intelligent Learning Computer Systems. Voronezh, Russia: Voronezh Institute of High Technologies.
  • Anderson, D. (2010). "STEM Initiatives" and "Achievement Gaps on the ACT & SAT". The Principal's Partnership.

Selected Presentations

  • 2013 Conference on "Nurturing Activities at Higher Education Institutions: Problems, Effectiveness, and Quality" (Voronezh, Russia): "Service learning as personal and social transformation" (April 16, 2013)
  • 2013 Conference on Contemporary Issues of Professional Education: Approaches and Perspectives (Voronezh, Russia): "Social media as disruptive technology in a loosely-coupled system" (March 27, 2013)
  • Workshop for Korean Teacher Exchange Program (Eastern Michigan University): ""International Comparative Education: Global Perspectives on Cultural Change7, 2013) in Schools" (August 7, 2013)
  • Workshop for Weiming Education Group (Chengdu, China): "Leading from Behind: Shifting Our Core Metaphor for Leadership" and "Educational Leadership Preparation in the US" (May, 2013)
  • 2012 All-Russian Theoretical and Practical Conference: "Quality of Life : Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" (Ural State Forest Engineering University, Yekaterinburg, Russia). Presentation entitled: "Flipping Homework and Classwork: How Technology Can Actually Humanize The Classroom" (April 19, 2012)
  • Spring 2012 Conference on "Contemporary Issues in Higher Education: Approaches and Perspectives" (Voronezh, Russia): "The Refractive Practitioner: Improving School Leadership through the Dialectic of Construction and Deconstruction" (March 30, 2012)


  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • American Educational Studies Association (AESA)
  • American Education Finance Association (AEFA)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
  • Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
  • National Council for Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
  • Kappa Delta Pi