Brian Rowan


  • Leadership
  • School reform
  • Teacher evaluation

Brian Rowan is the Burke A. Hinsdale Collegiate Professor in Education, a research professor at the Institute for Social Research, and a professor of sociology at the University of Michigan. Most recently, Rowan’s research has focused on observational measures of teaching and the use of these measures in practice—particularly the practice of teacher evaluation. He was a member of the national advisory panel for the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project and for the past three years has played a central role in releasing quantitative and video data from that study for public use. During this same time period, Rowan was co-principal investigator of the Understanding Teacher Quality project, which began as a pre-test for the larger MET project and then evolved into its own separate study of teaching quality. More recently, Rowan directed the Pilot of Educator Effectiveness tools for the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness. That work was designed to give guidance to school systems in Michigan preparing to enact Michigan’s revised teacher evaluation framework.