Texas Tech University

Alexander W. Wiseman, Ph.D.

Professor of Educational Leadership Policy, Director of the Center for Innovative Research in Change, Leadership, and Education (CIRCLE)
Educational Psychology, Leadership, & Counseling

Email: Alexander.Wiseman@ttu.edu

Phone: 806.834.7193

Office: Education 305

Dr. Alexander W. Wiseman has more than 25 years of professional experience working with government education departments, university-based teacher education programs, community-based professional development for teachers, and as a classroom teacher in both the U.S. and East Asia. Dr. Wiseman examines and informs educational policy development, leads strategic planning workshops, provides evidence-based training programs, speaks internationally and presents extensively in the areas of evidence-based decision-making, teacher preparation and professional development, strategic planning, system assessment and reform, education policy, change management, equitable educational access for girls and boys, institutional capacity building, school-to-work transition, and civic education. Dr. Wiseman's research uses large-scale education datasets on math and science education, information and communication technology (ICT), teacher preparation, professional development and curriculum as well as school principal's instructional leadership activity. He serves on the editorial board of Educational Administration Quarterly and Educational Researcher and is the author or editor of more than 100 articles, chapters, and books. He is the series editor of the volume series, International Perspectives on Education and Society, and the senior editor of the journal, FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education.


Dr. Alexander W. Wiseman, Ph.D.


  • PhD (2001), Educational Theory and Policy/Comparative and International Education (dual degree), Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • MA (1998), International Comparative Education, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • MA (1993), Education, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
  • BA (1991), Letters, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Areas of Expertise

  • Educational policy & policymaking
  • Large-scale assessment
  • Strategic planning & systemic reform
  • Comparative education

Selected Publications

Wiseman, A. W. (2021). Does Inequality Stay in the Shadow? The Cross-national Effects of Educational Equity on Private Tutoring and Student Achievement. International Journal of Educational Research. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2021.101808

Wiseman, A. W., & Davidson, P. M. (2021). Institutionalized Inequities and the Cloak of Equality in the South African Educational Context. Policy Futures in Education. DOI: https://www.doi.org/10.1177/1478210321999197

Wiseman, A. W., Damaschke-Deitrick, L., Park, M. F., & Bell, J. C. (2020). Caught between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Gap between Rights-related Policies and Educational Opportunities for Unaccompanied Im/migrant Children in Detention. Journal of Latinos and Education. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/15348431.2020.1850458

Wiseman, A. W.
(Ed.). (2020). Annual Review of Comparative and International Education 2019. International Perspectives on Education and Society Series. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Limited. ISBN: 9781838677244

Wiseman, A. W., & Zhao, X. (2020). Parents' expectations for the educational attainment of their children: A cross-national study using PIRLS 2011. Prospects: Comparative Journal of Curriculum, Learning, and Assessment, 48(3), 1-22. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11125-020-09460-7

Wiseman, A. W., Damaschke-Deitrick, L., Galegher, E. L., & Park, M. F. (Eds.). (2019). Comparative Perspectives on Refugee Youth Education: Dreams and Realities in Educational Systems Worldwide. New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis Publishing. ISBN: 9781138359499

Wiseman,  A.  W.  (2013).  Policy  Responses  to  PISA  in  Comparative  Perspective  (pp.  303-322),  in  H.-D.  Meyer  &  A.  Benavot  (Eds.),  PISA,  Power,  and  Policy: The Emergence of Global Educational Governance.  Oxford:  Symposium  Books. ISBN: 9781873927960

Wiseman,  A.  W.,  &  Al-bakr,  F.  (2013).  The  Elusiveness  of  Teacher  Quality:  A  Comparative  Analysis  of  Teacher  Certification  and  Student  Achievement  in  Gulf  Cooperation  Council  (GCC)  Countries.  Prospects:  Quarterly  Review  of  Comparative  Education,  43(3),  289-309. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11125-013-9272-z

Wiseman,  A.  W.  (2010).  The  Uses  of  Evidence  for  Educational  Policymaking:  Global  Contexts  and  International  Trends  (pp.1-24),  in  A.  Luke,  G.  J.  Kelly,  &  J.  Green  (Eds.).  Review  of  Research  in  Education,  Volume  34.  Washington,  DC:  American  Educational  Research  Association. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3102/0091732X09350472

Wiseman,  A.  W.,  Astiz,  M.  F.,  Fabrega,  R.,  &  Baker,  D.  P.  (2010).  Making  Citizens  of  the  World:  The  Political  Socialization  of  Youth  in  Formal  Mass  Education  Systems.  Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education,  41(5), 561-577. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2010.530764

Wiseman, A. W., & Baker, D. P. (2005). The Worldwide Explosion of Internationalized Education Policy (pp.1-21), in D. P. Baker & A. W. Wiseman (Eds.), Global Trends in Educational Policy (International Perspectives on Education and Society, Vol. 6). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S1479-3679(04)06001-3