Bauer, Scott

Scott Bauer

Professor & Associate Dean, Advanced Education & Doctoral Programs
  • School of Education & Human Development

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Scott C. Bauer serves as professor and associate dean for advanced education & doctoral programs in the School of Education & Human Development. Prior to joining the faculty, he was professor and director of the Education Leadership division in the College of Education & Human Development, George Mason University, a faculty member on the faculty of the University of New Orleans, and research director of the School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Organization Theory in Education, a frequent reviewer and contributor to peer-reviewed journals, and has been an officer and active member of several learned societies.

Areas of Expertise

  • School organization
  • Organization theory
  • Organizational change & continuous improvement
  • Systems thinking
  • Strategic and operational planning and development

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD (1996), Cornell University, organizational behavior



  • 2018 - Highly Commended Research Paper Award, Journal of Educational Administration
  • 2014 - Best Article Award, Journal of Research on Leadership Education


  • American Educational Research Association
  • AERA - Organization Theory Special Interest Group (sec-treas)


Bauer’s research interests involve the application of organizational theory to the improvement of schools. His most recent publications deal with the causes and consequences of educator isolation; the development of teacher and administrative leaders; and the organizational design of collaborative leadership strategies. Bauer is a co-author (with David Brazer) of Using Research to Lead School Improvement: Turning Evidence into Action (Sage, 2012), and Leading Schools to Learn, Grow & Thrive: Using Theory to Strengthen Practice (Routledge, 2019, with Brazer & Bob Johnson).

Publications and Presentations

  • Brazer, S., Bauer, S., & Johnson, B. (2019). Leading schools that learn, grow and thrive: Using theory to strengthen practice. New York: Routledge.
  • Bauer, S. & Brazer, S. (2012). Using research to lead school improvement: Turning Evidence into action. Los Angeles: Sage.
  • Bauer, S., Silver, L. & Schwartzer, J. (2019). The impact of isolation on new principal’s persistence. Educational Management Administration and Leadership 47 (3), 383-399. URL: