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My Position

I am professor in Measurement and Quantitative Methods within Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education within the College of Education and also in Fisheries and Wildlife within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.

I am affiliated with the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, the Education Policy Center and the Center for Statistical Training and Consulting (CSTAT).

            Bio: Kenneth Frank received his Ph.D. in measurement, evaluation and statistical analysis from the School of Education at the University of Chicago in 1993.  He is currently a professor in Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education as well as in Fisheries and Wildlife and adjunct in Sociology at Michigan State University.  His substantive interests include the study of schools as social organizations and the social embeddedness of natural resource use.  His substantive areas are linked to several methodological interests: social network analysis, causal inference and multi-level models. His publications include quantitative methods for representing relations among actors in a social network, robustness indices for inferences, and the effects of social capital in schools and other social contexts.  He teaches general introductory courses in research methods and quantitative methods as well as advanced courses in multivariate analysis and seminars in social network analysis and causal inference.  Ken’s current projects include a study of the effects of the Michigan Merit Curriculum on educational outcomes and how knowledge about climate change diffuses to policy-makers and educators.


Educational Background

1988 - 1993 University of Chicago Department of Education, program in Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistical Analysis, Ph.D.

My dissertation concerned the use of an iterative partitioning clustering algorithm to identify cliques of actors in a network. Applications include identifying cliques of teachers in high schools, cliques of students in a single grade of high school, and subgroups of schools which exchange many students.
Chair: Anthony Bryk
Committee: Charles Bidwell, Benjamin Wright, Kazuo Yamaguchi, Dan Lortie and Bob Dreeben

1986-1988 University of Michigan School of Education, program in Higher and Adult Continuing Education,. Masters of Arts.
1981-1985 University of Michigan. Major in Statistics and English, Bachelor of Arts.


Full Vitae

Krause, A.E., Frank, K.A., Jones, M.L., Nalepa, T.F.,Barbiero, R.P., Madenjian, C.P., Agy, M.,Evans, M.S., Taylor, W.W., Mason, D.M., Leonard, N.L. In Press. “Adaptations in a Hierarchical Food Web of Southeastern Lake Michigan.”  Ecological Modeling.


Jaeger-Miehls, A. L., Mason, D. M., Frank, K.A., Krause, A. E., Peacor, S.D., and Taylor, W.W. 2009. Invasive species impacts on ecosystem structure and function: A comparison of Oneida Lake, New York, USA, before and after zebra mussel invasion. Ecological Modeling.


Jaeger-Miehls, A. L., Mason, D. M., Frank, K.A., Krause, A. E., Peacor, S.D., and Taylor, W.W. 2009. Invasive species impacts on ecosystem structure and function: A comparison of the Bay of Quinte, Canada, and Oneida Lake, USA, before and after zebra mussel invasion. Ecological Modeling.


Frank, K.A. 2009 Quasi-Ties: Directing Resources to Members of a Collective
American Behavioral Scientist.  52: 1613-1645


Zhao, Y., Lei, J., & Frank. K. (Forthcoming). Theoretical Innovation and Empirical Testing: Research Design in Educational Technology. In Li, F. L. (ed). Research Methods in Computers for Education (jisuanji jiaoyu yanjiu fangfa). Beijing, China: Beijing Normal University Press.

Anagnostopoulos, D., Sykes, G., McCrory, R., Cannata, M., Frank, K.A. In Press. “Distinction, or Duty? The Meaning of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards for Teachers' Work and Collegial Relations.  American Journal of Education.


Penuel, W., Riel, M., Krause, A., & Frank, K. A. 2009. Analyzing Teachers' Professional Interactions in a School as Social Capital: A Social Network Approach. Teachers College Record Vol 111 Number 1.


Muller, C., Riegle-Crumb, C., Schiller, K.S., Wilkinson, L., Frank, K.A.  2009. Race and Academic Achievement in Racially Diverse High Schools: Opportunity and Stratification.  Teachers College Record.


Frank, K.A., Gary Sykes, Dorothea Anagnostopoulos, Marisa Cannata, Linda Chard, Ann Krause, Raven McCrory. 2008. Extended Influence: National Board Certified Teachers as Help Providers.  Education, Evaluation, and Policy Analysis.  Vol 30(1): 3-30.


Frank, K.A., Muller, C., Schiller, K., Riegle-Crumb, C., Strassman-Muller, A., Crosnoe, R., Pearson J. 2008. “The Social Dynamics of Mathematics CourseTaking in high school.” American Journal of Sociology, Vol 113 (6): 1645-1696.


Crosnoe, Robert; Riegle-Crumb, Catherine; Field, Sam; Frank, K.A.; Muller, Chandra. 2008. “Peer Group Contexts of Girls' and Boys' Academic Experiences.” Child Development. Vol. 79(1): 139 – 155.


Crosnoe, Robert, Anna Strassman-Mueller, and Frank, K.A. 2008. “Gender, Body Size, and Social Relations in American High Schools.” Social Forces 86: 1189-1216.


Mueller, Katrina B., Taylor, William W., Frank, K. A., Robertson, John M. and Dennis L. Grinold 2008. “Social Networks and Fisheries: the Relationship between a Charter Fishing Network, Social Capital and Catch Dynamics.” North American Journal of Fisheries Management. Vol 28(2): 447-462.


Barrett, Jennifer; Pearson, Jennifer; Muller; Chandra; Frank, K.A. 2007.  “Adolescent Religiosity and School ContextsSocial Science Quarterly, Vol 88(4): 1024-1037.


*Frank, K. A. and Min, K. 2007. Indices of Robustness for Sample Representation. Sociological Methodology.  Vol 37, 349-392. * co first authors.


Zhao, Yong, Lei, Jing and K.A. Frank. 2006.  “The Social Life of Technology: An Ecological Analysis of Technology Diffusion in Schools.  Pedagogies. Vol. 1 (2): 135-149.


Zhao, Y., Frank, K., & Ellefson, N. (2006). Fostering Meaningful Teaching and Learning with Technology pages 161-179 in  Floden R. & Ashburn, E. (Eds.). Meaningful Learning Using Technology What Educators Need to Know and Do.  Teachers College Press.


*Field, S. *Frank, K.A., Schiller, K, Riegle-Crumb, C, and Muller, C. (2006) "Identifying Social Contexts in Affiliation Networks: Preserving the Duality of People and Events. Social Network s.28(2): 97-186 * coequal first authorship

Myazaki, Yasuo and Frank, K.A. (2005). "A Hierarchical Model with Factor Analysis Structure at Level 2" Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics

Frank, K.A. (2005). "Teacher Networks" Entry for Encylopedia of Schools, edited by Kathryn Borman.

Frank, K.A., Mueller, K., Krause, A. and Taylor, W. (2005). "The Intersection of Global Trade, Social Networks, and Fisheries." To be published in a book by Cambridge Press, edited by William Taylor and Michael Schechter.

Frank, K. A., Zhao, Y., and Borman (2004). "Social Capital and the Diffusion of Innovations within Organizations: Application to the Implementation of Computer Technology in Schools." Sociology of Education, 77: 148-171

Pan, W., and Frank, K.A. 2004. "An Approximation to the Distribution of the Product of Two Dependent Correlation Coefficients." Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation, 74, 419-443.

Crosnoe, R., Muller, C. and Frank, K.A. (2004). Interpersonal Context and the Potential Consequences of Adolescent Drinking. Social Problems.

Pan, W., and Frank, K.A., 2004. "A probability index of the robustness of a causal inference," Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, 28, 315-337.

Frank, K. A. and Zhao, Y. 2004. "Subgroups as a Meso-Level Entity in the Social Organization of Schools." Chapter 10, pages 279-318. Book honoring Charles Bidwell's retirement, edited by Larry Hedges and Barbara Schneider. New York: Sage publications.

Zhao, Y and Frank, K.A., 2004. "What teachers need to know about technology: framing the question." To be published in a book for Project Time, Robert Floden editor.

Zhao, Y. and Frank, K. A., 2003. "An Ecological Analysis of Factors Affecting Technology Use in Schools." American Educational Research Journal, 40(4): 807-840.

Krause, A., Frank, K.A., Mason, D.M., Ulanowicz, R.E. and Taylor, W.M. (2003). "Compartments exposed in food-web structure." Nature 426:282-285

Wellman, B.A. and Frank, K.A. 2001. "Network Capital in a Multi-Level World: Getting Support from Personal Communities." pages 233-274 in Social Capital: Theory and Research, Nan Lin, Ron Burt and Karen Cook. (Eds.). Chicago: Aldine De Gruyter

Frank, K. 2000. "Impact of a Confounding Variable on the Inference of a Regression Coefficient." Sociological Methods and Research, 29(2), 147-194

Herman, S.E., Frank, K.A., Mowbray, C.T., Ribisl, K.M., Davidson, W.S., Bootsmiller, B., Jordan, L., Greenfield, A.L., Loveland, D., Luke, D. A. 2000. "Longitudinal Effects of Integrated Treatment on Alcohol Use for Persons with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders." Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research. 27 (3), 286-302.

Saunders, J.L., Leahy M.H., and Frank, K.A. 2000. "Improving the Employment Self-Concept of Persons with Disabilities: A Field Based Experiment." Accepted for publication in Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 43(3), 142-149.

Frank, K.A., and Fahrbach, K. 1999. "Organizational Culture as a Complex System: Balance and Information in Models of Influence and Selection." Special issue of Organization Science on Chaos and Complexity in Organization. Organization Science, 10(3): 253-277.

Frank, K.A. and Yasumoto, J. 1998. "Linking Action to Social Structure within a System: Social Capital Within and Between Subgroups." American Journal of Sociology 104 (3): 642-686. (see Jstor)

Frank, K. A. 1998. "The Social Context of Schooling: Quantitative Methods" Review of Research in Education 23, chapter 5: 171-216.

Bidwell, C. E., Frank, K.A., and Quiroz, P. 1997. "Teacher Types, Workplace Controls, and the Organization of Schools." Sociology of Education, 70 (4): 285-307. (see Jstor)

Frank, K. 1996. Mapping interactions within and between cohesive subgroups. Social Networks 18: 93-119.

Frank, K. A. and Yasumoto, J. 1996. " Embedding Subgroups in the Sociogram: Linking Theory and Image" Connections 19 (1): 43-57.

Quiroz, P.A., Gonzales, N. F., and Frank, K. A. 1996. Carving a Niche in the High School Social Structure: Formal and Informal Constraints on Participation in the Extra Curriculum. In Sociology of Education and Socialization, edited by A. Pallas, Volume 11. London: JAI Press.

Frank, K. A. 1995. "Exploring Interrelated Structures: A System Based on p1 and Influence Models." Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Networks, London England. Vol 1, Methodology, edited by M. Everett, and K. Rennolls, K. London: University of Greenwich Press.

Frank. K.A. 1995. Identifying Cohesive Subgroups. Social Networks (17): 27-56

Seltzer, M. H., Frank, K.A., & Bryk, A.S. 1994. "The Metric Matters: The Sensitivity of Conclusions Concerning Growth in Student Achievement to Choice of Metric." Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 16 (1): 41-49. (see Jstor)

Frank, K.A. 1993. Identifying Cohesive Subgroups. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, University of Chicago.

Bryk, A.S. & Frank, K.A. 1991. "The Specialization of Teachers' Work: An Initial Exploration." In Schools, Classrooms, and Pupils, edited by S.W. Raudenbush, S. W., and J.D. Willms. New York: Academic Press (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich).

Lee, V. E.& Frank, K.A. 1990. "Students' Characteristics that Facilitate the Transfer from Two-year to Four-Year Colleges." Sociology of Education 63 (3): 178-193. (see Jstor)

Woolliscroft, J. O., Calhoun, J. G., Frank, K. A., & Ten Haken, J. D. 1989. "Medical Students' Perceptions of the Importance of the Medical Data Base to Patient care: Effects of Clinical Experience and Specialty Choice." Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 1(1): 21-25.

Ten Haken, J. D., Calhoun, J. G., Frank, K. A., Youmans, L. C., & Zelenock, G. B. 1988. "The Surgical Clerkship Experience: Self, Departmental and Institutional Assessment." American Journal of Surgery, 156: 155-158



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Dr. Ken Frank
Room 462 Erickson Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
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