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
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.† Kenís 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.
1988 - 1993 University of Chicago
Department of Education, program in Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistical
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
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.
For breakdown by research strand see: https://www.msu.edu/~kenfrank/research.htm
Dr. Ken Frank
Room 462 Erickson Hall
Michigan State University