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David Brazer

Associate Professor of Education Leadership

Expertise: Leadership and decision making in schools

Brazer is an Assistant Professor in the Education Leadership Program at George Mason University teaching primarily in the Education Leadership master's program for students pursuing a Virginia principal's license.

Brazer's primary research interest is in the area of educational decision making. He and co-author L. Robin Keller from the U-C Irvine Paul Merage School of Business have developed a model of decision making in educational contexts. Applying this model to field-based research, Brazer and his research partners are working with two school districts in Virginia and two in California to study specific change decisions and their implementation as the process occurs. This real-time study of decision making is unusual in education and private sector based research. Implications include re-conceptualizing how decisions occur in educational contexts and helping school leaders to understand how multiple constituencies influence their decision making.

Additional research and publication efforts include the study of school site committee work, exploring the role of culturally and linguistically diverse teachers in assisting school leaders to reach immigrant student populations and understanding how principals can attract and retain career switcher teachers.