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Susan H. Fuhrman

Professional Background

Educational Background

Dr. Fuhrman earned a B.A. in History, with highest honors, from Northwestern University in 1965; an M.A. in History from Northwestern University in 1966; and a Ph.D. in Political Economy from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1977. She wrote her dissertation at Teachers College on "The Classification of Roll Call Votes in New Jersey."

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Fuhrman's research interests include state policy design, accountability, deregulation, and intergovernmental relationships. She has also conducted research on state education reform, state-local relationships, state differential treatment of districts, federalism in education, incentives and systemic reform, and legislatures and education policy. She leads and conducts research through the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), which receives significant support from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and private funding sources. 

Selected Publications

Fuhrman, S., Cohen, D., & Mosher, F. (Eds.) (2007). The State of Education Policy Research. Routledge.

Fuhrman, S., & Lazerson, M. (Eds.) (2005). American institutions of democracy. The Institutions of American Democracy series. New York: Oxford University Press.

Fuhrman, S. (2004). "Less than meets the eye: Standards, testing and fear of federal control." In N. Epstein (Ed.), Who's in charge of the schools? The tangled web of education power and policy. Denver andWashington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.

Elmore, R. & Fuhrman, S. (Eds.). (2004). Redesigning accountability. New York: Teachers College Press.

Fuhrman, S. (2003). "Riding waves, trading horses. The twenty-year effort to reform education." In D.T. Gordon (Ed.), A nation reformed? American education 20 years after A Nation At Risk (pp. 7-22).Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Fuhrman, S. (2003). Redesigning accountability systems in education. CPRE Policy Briefs. Philadelphia, PA: Consortium for Policy Research in Education.

Fuhrman, S. (Ed.). (2001). From the Capitol to the classroom: Standards-based reform in the States, One hundredth yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education. Chicago: University of ChicagoPress.

Carr, M. & Fuhrman, S. (1999). "The politics of school finance." In Making Money Matter: Equity and Adequacy in Education Finance. National Academy of Sciences Press.

Fuhrman, S. & O'Day, J. (Eds.). (1996). Rewards and reform: Creating educational incentives that work. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Inc.

biographical information

Dr. Susan H. Fuhrman is the President of Teachers College, Columbia University, founding Director and Chair of the Management Committee of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), and former President of the National Academy of Education (2009-2013). In January 2009, she was named co-chair of a new Roundtable on Education Systems and Accountability (RESA), established at the request of the U.S. Department of Education by the National Research Council’s Board on Testing and Assessment.

Dr. Fuhrman previously served as Dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, as well as the school’s George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, and a Ph.D. in political science and education from Columbia University, New York.  She has written widely on education policy and finance; among her edited books are The State of Education Policy Research (with David K. Cohen and Fritz Mosher, 2007); The Public Schools (The Institutions of American Democracy Series, with Marvin Lazerson, 2005); Redesigning Accountability Systems for Education (with Richard Elmore, 2004); From the Capitol to the Classroom: Standards-Based Reform in the States (2001); and Rewards and Reform: Creating Educational Incentives that Work (with Jennifer O’Day, 1996).  Her many professional involvements include membership on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In October 2008, she became President-elect of the National Academy of Education. She is also a former Vice President of the American Educational Research Association, and a former non-executive Director of Pearson plc, the international education and publishing company.  Her research interests include accountability in education, intergovernmental relationships, and standards-based reform.

In 2007, Crain’s New York Business named Dr. Fuhrman one of the 100 most influential women in business in New York City.

In March 2008, Dr. Fuhrman was one of five women honored by New York City Comptroller William Thompson at an event co-sponsored by the Women’s City Club of New York and the League of Women Voters as part of Women’s History Month. Dr. Fuhrman was recognized for her expertise in her field; the respect accorded her by her peers and colleagues; her commitment to serving others; and her demonstrated commitment to making New York City a more vibrant, inclusive and healthy place to live.

Dr. Fuhrman has also received the 2008 Distinguished Leaders in Education Award from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.

In fall 2008, Dr. Fuhrman became NAE President-elect, and will began her four-year term as President of the organization in fall 2009. She was first elected an NAE member in 2002, and became Secretary-Treasurer in 2005. Founded in 1965, NAEd advances the highest quality education research and its use in policy formation and practice. 

active professional organizations

Dr. Susan H. Fuhrman is the President of Teachers College, Columbia University, founding Director and Chair of the Management Committee of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), and President of the National Academy of Education. She is a former Vice President of the American Educational Research Association as well as a former Trustee Board member of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and a former non-executive Director of Pearson plc, the international education and publishing company.

honors and awards

Susan H. Fuhrman appeared in the following articles:

Susan Fuhrman is Honored as Outstanding Education Leader (6/27/2013)

"Standards Aren't Enough," President Fuhrman Writes in EdWeek (10/8/2009)

Educational Equity at the Village Level (8/6/2009)

As Real as They Came (7/22/2009)

Language as Ambassador (7/22/2009)

The Challenge of Science Education in Thailand (7/7/2009)

Reporting Wrongs with a Mouse and a Click (7/5/2009)

New Report by TC-Based Researchers Explores Learning Progressions in Science (7/2/2009)

Times for a Change (6/24/2009)

In It for the Long Haul (6/23/2009)

"Be the Change You Want to See" (6/22/2009)

Pool Reopens with a Splash! (6/22/2009)

Reaching Out to the World (6/22/2009)

TC Receives $1 Million for Schools Work (6/22/2009)

Championing Lifelong Learning, Alberta Strage (6/16/2009)

Talking Shop with Portia Williams (6/15/2009)

TC Aquatic Center Reopens with a Splash (6/8/2009)

TC Receives $1 Million from Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund (6/4/2009)

A World of Ideas (6/1/2009)

International Advisory Committee (5/5/2009)

Dining Across Disciplines (4/29/2009)

The Wide World of Teachers College (4/29/2009)

Why TC is Engaged in International Education Projects (4/28/2009)

Exploring a World of Ideas (4/26/2009)

TC at AERA (4/21/2009)

Teachers College and the Economy: A Special Message from President Fuhrman (4/2/2009)

Calendar (3/24/2009)

Going Green (3/24/2009)

Columbia Launches 'Global Centers' Program with Offices in China and Jordan (3/23/2009)

Carribean Collaboration (3/10/2009)

TC Library to Lead New Innovation Initiative (3/9/2009)

Peace Corps Director Honors Teachers College and Columbia (3/1/2009)

Presidential Education Advisors Debate at TC (2/18/2009 10:47:00 AM)

Educators Weigh Schools, Solutions To Problems (2/12/2009)

Dominican Republic Partnership (2/11/2009 3:07:00 PM)

TC to Partner with Turkish University (2/9/2009)

Fuhrman Named Co-Chair of Roundtable on Education Systems and Accountability (1/27/2009)

Education Reforms Proposed (1/22/2009 3:11:00 PM)

CONVOCATION 2008 (1/15/2009)

Debating the Future of U.S. Education (1/15/2009)

Lending a Hand in the Neighborhood (1/15/2009)

Robinson Named VP (1/15/2009)

TC, Far and Wide (1/15/2009)

Teachers College Appoints A New General Counsel (1/15/2009)

TC Campus News (1/1/2009)

Teaching The Levees at TC (1/1/2009)

Bottling the Magic (12/23/2008)

TC, Dominican Republic Set to Develop Partnership (12/8/2008)

Thinking Big About How to Close the Gap (11/25/2008)

Thinking Big About How to Close the Gap (11/25/2008 3:49:00 PM)

TC Partners with Private Women's College in Saudi Arabia (11/21/2008)

Fuhrman Leads Panel on Education Standards at Forum to Advise Obama and Congress (11/18/2008 3:30:00 PM)

Real-World Lessons on Recruiting and Developing Quality Teachers (11/18/2008)

Fuhrman and Streim Call for University Public School Partnerships (11/13/2008)

What's The Big Idea? (11/11/2008)

Election 2008 and TC's Education Debate (11/1/2008)

TC's School Partnership Team (11/1/2008)

Partnering Across the Education Pipeline: TC Holds Statewide Conference on Higher Education-Public School Partnerships (10/27/2008)

Different Schools of Thought (10/24/2008)

Higher Education in Education Debate (10/22/2008)

In Debate, Education Advisers to McCain and Obama Focus on K-12 Issues (10/22/2008)

Robots and Rockets Launch Harlem Ivy After-school Partnerships (10/20/2008)

Community Builders (10/13/2008)

Welcoming a friend (10/13/2008)

Improving Teaching in Jordan (10/10/2008)

Long-Term Service Awards (10/10/2008)

New Responsibilities for Key Staff (10/10/2008)

Obama and McCain Education Advisors will Debate at TC (10/10/2008)

Welcoming a Diverse Class (10/10/2008)

TC Holds Conference on University-Public School Partnerships (10/9/2008)

TC Hosts Education Debate Between Obama and McCain Advisors (10/7/2008)

Fuhrman to Serve as President of National Academy of Education (10/3/2008)

Dining Chez TC (9/19/2008)

Class Notes (9/15/2008)

He's Working for You (9/10/2008)

Understanding Education Research: Tips, Tools and Advice for Journalists from Teachers College (8/11/2008)

An Icelandic Connection: Teachers College and Reykjavik University (8/4/2008)

Janice Robinson Named Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs (7/17/2008)

Teachers College partners with 10 public schools in Harlem (6/30/2008)

Teachers College to Partner with 10 Public Schools in Harlem (6/30/2008)

Donna Shalala Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom (6/19/2008)

Thinking Globally (6/2/2008)

A Letter From The President (5/21/2008)

The Year in Review (5/21/2008)

Fuhrman Calls for Focus on Education in Presidential Campaign (5/7/2008)

In the News on May 5, 2008 (5/5/2008 1:12:00 PM)

Developing Young Leaders in India (4/28/2008)

TC's Emdin Honored for Dissertation on Urban Science Education (4/11/2008)

An Historic Gift (4/2/2008)

Small Miracles (4/2/2008)

Equity's Day in Court (4/1/2008)

President's Letter: Practice, Theory and Breadth of Focus (4/1/2008)

Teaching--and Debating--the Lessons of Katrina (4/1/2008)

TC at AERA, 2008 (3/25/2008)

Fuhrman Honored as Part of Women's History Month (3/4/2008)

TC Receives $20 Million Gift From John and Pat Klingenstein (2/29/2008)

Arlene Ackerman to Head Philadelphia Schools (2/20/2008)

New Books from TC Faculty (2/14/2008)

At Elite Prep Schools, College-Size Endowments (1/26/2008)

New Books from Teachers College Faculty (1/8/2008)

Turning the Microscope on Education Policy Research (12/31/2007)

Recommended Readings (12/21/2007)

TC alumni award winners are pioneers in fields ranging from sex ed to disaster management (12/11/2007)

Recognizing Five Pioneers (12/1/2007)

Pursuing equal educational opportunity in a post-Brown world (11/26/2007)

Pursuing equal educational opportunity in a post-Brown world (11/21/2007)

Columbia Students, Faculty Rally Against Hate Crimes (11/5/2007)

Midlarsky and Students Protest Anti-Semitic Incident (11/5/2007)

Suzanne Murphy Named Vice President for Development and External Affairs (10/24/2007)

The State of the College: Emerging Stronger from Trying Times (10/20/2007)

Transcript of the State of the College Address (10/19/2007)

Getting Better All the Time (10/18/2007)

Training Students, Helping the Community (10/18/2007)

A Racist Incident Rocks Teachers College (10/11/2007)

Hate Crime Incident at TC (10/10/2007)

Alumni News (10/3/2007)

Campus News (10/3/2007)

Fuhrman Named Among NYC's Most Influential Women (10/3/2007)

Something Old, Something New (10/3/2007)

The Adventurous Academic (9/30/2007)

Launching "Levees" (9/7/2007)

From Jordan, a Visiting Delegation Teaches as Much as It Learns (9/5/2007)

What Next: A Frank Discussion of Jordan's Education Needs (9/5/2007)

Zankel Fellowships Boost Urban Service at TC (9/5/2007)

Join a Hot Education Debate! (8/28/2007)

Goodbye and Welcome (7/22/2007)

Point of Reference (7/22/2007)

TC Names Judy Chadourne as Interim Vice President for Development and External Affairs (7/12/2007)

Scholarships for Jordanian Teachers (6/27/2007)

Elite Company (6/21/2007)

Reading Score That Rates a Fourth-Grader "Proficient" in Mississippi Would be a Failing Score in Massachusetts (6/7/2007)

Extraordinary People with Plans to Change the World (5/19/2007)

2006 Annual Report: Questions and Answers on Critical Issues in Education Available (5/11/2007)

2006: The Year in Review (5/8/2007)

A Letter from the President (5/8/2007)

Joe Brosnan to Leave TC (5/8/2007)

TC Names Nancy Streim to coordinate activities in local schools (5/4/2007)

Tom James is TC's New Provost (4/26/2007)

We're Number One! (4/26/2007)

Academic Homecoming (4/25/2007)

Council President's Message (4/25/2007)

A Celebration of Values (4/24/2007)

Applying Our Knowledge (4/24/2007)

TC Says Farewell to Fred Schnur (4/24/2007)

Harvey Spector is TC's New VPFA (4/17/2007)

NBC Foreign Correspondent Speaking at TC (4/10/2007)

Tom James is TC's New Provost (4/2/2007)

We're Number One! (3/30/2007)

Teachers College Research at AERA (3/25/2007)

"Living Up to the Legacy of Teachers College" (2/26/2007)

Doing Good Research that Makes an Impact (2/26/2007)

Inaugurating President Fuhrman: TC Lives Its Legacy (2/22/2007)

Inaugurating President Fuhrman: TC Lives Its Legacy (2/2/2007)

Living Up to the Legacy of Teachers College (2/2/2007)

Quotes by Inauguration Greeters (2/2/2007)

The Inauguration of Susan H. Fuhrman (2/1/2007)

A Celebration of Ideas and Values (1/22/2007)

New initiative plans bold push toward college (1/14/2007)

Teachers College to Inaugurate Susan Fuhrman as Its Tenth President on January 31st, 2007 (12/14/2006)

Tough Choices or Tough Times (12/14/2006)

The Gaps Don't Seem to Be Closing (11/21/2006)

Setting the Record Straight on Research in School Classrooms (11/17/2006)

In With the New (10/27/2006)

Setting an Agenda for TC (10/25/2006)

A First Amendment Scholar Overwhelmed by Free-Speech Fights (10/23/2006)

Critiquing TC's Conceptual Framework (10/20/2006)

Wanted: Schools Chief With Zero Experience (10/15/2006)

The Alumni News Director's Message (9/28/2006)

An Urban Partner (9/26/2006)

A New Leader Who's and Old Hand (9/18/2006)

TC: America's Policy Mecca (9/18/2006 1:27:00 PM)

Steady As She Goes (9/14/2006)

The President's Corner (8/28/2006)

Baldwin to Serve as TC's Interim Dean (8/10/2006)

A New Era (8/3/2006)

Seating Superintendents at the Policy Table (8/2/2006)

Welcoming President Fuhrman (8/2/2006)

Susan Fuhrman is TC's 10th President (6/27/2006)

The City's Latest Hirings (6/1/2006)

Teachers College Dean Accepts Post at Minnesota (5/30/2006)

GSE Dean Fuhrman Steps Down (5/24/2006)

U. of Penn Education Dean Is New President of Columbia U. Teacher's College (5/20/2006)

Graduate School of Education Dean Susan Fuhrman To Return To Her New York Roots (5/14/2006)

Educator From Penn Will Lead Columbia's Teachers College (5/11/2006)

Susan H. Fuhrman, Authority on School Reform, Is TC's Next President (5/11/2006)

Susan H. Fuhrman, Authority on School Reform, Is Next President of Teachers College, Columbia University (5/9/2006)

Susan H. Fuhrman, Authority on School Reform, Is TC's Next President (5/9/2006)

Fuhrman Leaving As Education School Dean (5/8/2006)

A Message from President Fuhrman to the People of Virginia Tech (1/1/1900)

Celebrating Philanthropy in Tough Times (1/1/1900)

TC's Partnership with China (1/1/1900)

Trustees with a Global Perspective (1/1/1900)