Texas Tech University

Alexander W. Wiseman, Ph.D.

Educational Psychology & Leadership

Email: Alexander.Wiseman@ttu.edu

Phone: 806.834.7193

Office: Education 305

Dr. Alexander W. Wiseman has more than 20 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, and is the author of many research-to-practice articles 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.,  &  Davidson,  P.  (Eds.).  (2018).  Cross-nationally  Comparative,  Evidence-based  Educational  Policymaking  and  Reform.  International  Perspectives  on  Education  and  Society  Series.  Bingley,  UK:  Emerald  Publishing  Limited.

Wiseman,  A.W.,  Davidson,  P.,  &  Brereton,  J.  (2018).  Teacher  Certification  Reforms  in  Gulf  Cooperation  Council  (GCC)  Countries  (page  numbers  forthcoming),  in  M.  Akiba  &  G.  K.  LeTendre  (Eds.),  International  Handbook  on  Teacher  Quality  and  Policy.  New  York:  Routledge. 

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.  Oxford:  Symposium  Books. 

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.

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.

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,  (November),  pp.1-17.