Joining the core faculty of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program for fall 2018 are Dr. Stephen E. Brock and Dr. Frank Adamson. Core faculty members are acknowledged by the selection committee as having the disciplinary background and the scholarly record to prepare doctoral level graduates focused on promoting equity, student achievement, school change, and shaping P-12 and community college educational policies. Core faculty members are eligible to serve as chairs or members of examination and dissertation committees, advisors and mentors to doctoral students, and members of governance bodies in the Ed.D. Program.
Dr. Frank Adamson joins CSUS from the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, where as Senior Policy and Research Analyst he studied issues of equity and opportunity in education. Some Sacramento State doctoral students are already familiar with Dr. Adamson, as he taught the education finance class in spring 2017.
Adamson currently studies the effects of different political and economic approaches to education on student experiences and their performance in schools. His recent volume, Global Education Reform, compares the approaches of privatization and public investment to education policy in six countries. Frank has also studied the impact of system-wide charter school reform on students in New Orleans. Previously, he published on the adoption of assessments of deeper learning and 21st century skills at the state, national, and international levels, as well as on teacher salary differences within metropolitan labor markets in New York and California. He has also completed studies for the USDOE, OECD, IEA, and UNESCO, including analyses of PISA and TIMSS. He uses quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods and his research interests include the economics and sociology of education, U.S. and international education policy, and educational equity and opportunity. Frank began his career in education as a high school English teacher.
Adamson has a Ph.D. in International Comparative Education from Stanford University, a master’s in sociology from Haverford College, and took his undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature (French and English) from New York University while studying in Paris. He is proficient in French and has intermediate proficiency in Spanish. Previously, Adamson was a research associate for SRI International and American Institutes for Research, a research team leader in Benin for World Learning, and an A.P. English teacher.
Since earning his doctorate, Adamson has obtained more than $1.4 million in grants from such organizations as the Hewlett Foundation, Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, the American Education Research Association, and others.
His publications include books and chapters coauthored with Linda Darling-Hammond on global education reform, privatization, and assessments. His scholarship includes research for videos, infographics, and policy briefs produced by SCOPE.
“I’m very excited about joining the core faculty and helping the college fulfill its mission, including promoting educational equity. I enjoyed teaching Education Finance last year and look forward to further engaging with the emerging scholars in the EdD program and with the faculty at the College of Education.”
Dr. Stephen E. Brock is a professor and coordinator of the School Psychology Program in the College of Education at Sacramento State. His professional preparation includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology, and a Ph.D. in Education (with anemphasis in psychological studies) at the University of California, Davis, where he researched Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Brock was selected by the College of Education to receive the 2012-2013 Outstanding Scholarly and Creative Activities Award, and the 2017 Juliana Raskauskas Legacy Lecture Award.
Brock’s primary research and academic interests include:
- Crisis Theory and School-Based Crisis Intervention
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- School-Based Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention
- Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavioral Consultation
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
Brock’s recent publications deal with crisis counseling, intervention and prevention in the schools, helping trauma-exposed students, suicide prevention, and bipolar disorder. He is a founding member of the National Association of School Psychologists’ PREPaRE Workgroup and the author of Workshop 2 of the PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum. Other publications are listed on his full biography.
He teaches a number of courses for the Education Specialist master’s program, including Educational Research; Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Assessment; Functional Assessment of Behavior; Preventive Psychological Interventions; Psychology in the Schools; and Human Development and Learning.
“I am honored to become a part of the core EdD faculty,” Brock said. “I hope that my research in the area of school mental health will add an important perspective to this amazing program.”