Faculty Director of Leadership Degree Programs
As of the fall of 2015, I am working on three projects:
My research interests generally focus on the challenges of school and district leadership, exploring how those challenges are met in practice. I have published case studies on strategic decision making at the district level and investigations into how principals lead teacher learning in their schools.To facilitate my field-based research, I have developed three conceptual framework that help me with data analysis in the following categories: 1) strategic educational decision making, 2) leadership development programs, and 3) teacher learning connected to organizational learning. My intent is that my research agenda will reveal the details of how leadership happens, from the education of aspiring leaders through the enactment of specific leadership agendas.
Lincoln later told Senator Chandler that personally he "would rather have swallowed his buckhorn chair than to have nominated Chase," but the decision was right for the country. "Probably no other man than Lincoln would have had, in this age of the world, the degree of magnanimity to thus forgive and exalt a rival who had so deeply and so unjustifiably intrigued against him. It is only however another most marked illustration of the greatness of the President." (John G. Nicolay, personal secretary to President Lincoln, as quoted by Goodwin, 2006)>
The University of Michigan, A.B. with distinction and teacher's certificate, 1979
Stanford University, Ph.D., Administration and Policy Analysis, 1988
I began at Stanford as the Faculty Director for Leadership Degree Programs in June, 2013. In addition to leading the Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies (POLS) MA, and joint degrees with the Graduate School of Business, the Public Policy Program, and the Law School, I teach courses focused on leadership theory, research, and practice.
My 15-year career as a K - 12 educator spans middle and high school teaching and high school administration. This portion of my career culminated in a six-year tenure as principal of Los Altos High School in Los Altos, CA.
EDUC 209 A,B,C Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies Seminar
EDUC 275 Leading US Schools
EDUC 290 Instructional Leadership: Building Capacity for Excellent Teaching
Brazer, S.D., Kruse, S.D., & Conley, S. (2014). Organizational theory and leadership navigation. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 1 - 19. DOI: 10.1177/1942775114532640
Van Lare, M.D., & Brazer, S.D. (2013). Analyzing learning in professional learning communities: A conceptual framework. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 12, 374 – 396.
Brazer, S.D., & Bauer, S.C. (2013). Preparing instructional leaders: A model. Educational Administration Quarterly, 49, 645 – 684.
Bauer, S., & Brazer, S. (2013). The impact of isolation on the job satisfaction of new principals. Journal of School Leadership 23, 152 - 177.
Bauer, S.C., & Brazer, S.D. (2012). Using research to lead school improvement: Turning evidence into action. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Invited Book Chapters
Bauer, S., Brazer, S., Van Lare, M, & Smith, R. (2013). Organizational design in support of professional learning communities in one district. In S. Conley and B. Cooper (Eds.) Moving from teacher isolation to teacher collaboration: Enhancing professionalism & school quality (pp. 49 – 80). New York: Rowman and Littlefield.
Van Lare, M., Brazer, S., Bauer, S. & Smith, R. (2013). Professional learning communities using evidence: Examining teacher learning and organizational learning. In S. Conley and B. Cooper (Eds.) (pp. 157 – 182). New York: Rowman and Littlefield.