David Chapman is Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. He received his PhD from Syracuse University in 1975.
During the last two decades, Prof. Chapman has worked in more than 55 developing countries, assisting national governments and international organizations in the areas of educational policy and planning, program design and evaluation. His work focuses on issues of education development for both K-12 and higher education. One of the aspects he most enjoys about his work is its interdisciplinary nature. Complex educational issues are interwoven with the larger social and economic issues facing a country – they don’t exist in the abstract. This is one of the reasons he enjoys working closely with multifaceted organizations such as the World Bank, UNICEF, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Asian Development Bank.
Much of Prof. Chapman’s research has focused on the quality of teacher work life and teacher incentives. He has looked at this issue in such diverse settings as Uganda, Laos, Ghana, Pakistan, Oman, and China. He also has a strong interest in the development of higher education systems. He led a seven-person team in an Asian Development Bank-sponsored study of higher education in Asia (2009-2012) and served as Team Leader for the UNESCO Institute of Statistics study of graduate education in Southeast Asia (2012-2014). During Spring 2014, he had a Fulbright Fellowship to work with the National Higher Education Research Institute at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia. He currently co-directs a six-year longitudinal study of the impact of entrepreneurship education on the lives of economically disadvantaged youth across three countries of East Africa, sponsored by the MasterCard Foundation, Canada. Prof. Chapman is often able to include advanced doctoral students on these international projects.