Robert Floden
University Distinguished Professor


  • Education reform
  • Math
  • Measures of effective teaching
  • Professional development
  • Research and methodology
  • School reform
  • STEM education
  • Teacher assessment
  • Teacher certification programs
  • Teacher development
  • Teacher effectiveness
  • Teacher quality
  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • Value-added

Robert Floden is a university distinguished professor of education at Michigan State University and co-director of the MSU Education Policy Center. Floden received a bachelor’s degree with honors in philosophy from Princeton University and a master’s in statistics and doctorate in philosophy of education from Stanford University. He has studied teacher education and other influences on teaching and learning, including work on the cultures of teaching, on teacher development, on the character and effects of teacher education, and on how policy is linked to classroom practice. He is currently working on approaches to the evaluation of teacher preparation programs and on tools for studying classroom processes that help students develop robust mathematical understanding for use in solving contextual algebra problems. Floden’s work has been published in the Handbook of Research on Teaching, the Handbook of Research on Teacher Education, the Handbook of Research on Mathematics Teaching and Learning, and in many journals and books.