Dean Susan H. Fuhrman

Dr. Susan Fuhrman is the Dean and George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education at the Penn Graduate School of Education. She is also Chair of the Management Committee of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE). CPRE conducts research on state and local education policies and finance, bringing together the resources of Penn, Harvard, Michigan, Stanford, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Consortium receives significant funding from the Office of Educational Research and Improvement of the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Fuhrman received bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in political science and education from Columbia University. She has written widely on education policy and finance; among her edited books are From the Capitol to the Classroom: Standards-Based Reform in the States (2001), Designing Coherent Education Policy: Improving the System (1993), and Rewards and Reform: Creating Educational Incentives that Work (co-edited with Jennifer O'Day, 1996).

Among her many international and U.S. professional involvements, Dr. Fuhrman is a Member, Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a member of the Board of Public/Private Ventures and a member of the Coca-Cola Council for Corporate and School Partnerships. She is also a member of the Research Grants Council for the University Grants Commission of Hong Kong and a Counselor to the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission. She is a former Vice President of the American Educational Research Association, and serves on the editorial boards of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Education Policy and the American Education Research Journal. Her research interests include state policy design, accountability in education, deregulation, intergovernmental relationships, and standards-based reform.