Corey Bunje Bower

Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Economics and Education Policy Analysis program

Educational Leadership and Policy

 466 Baldy Hall

Social Policy
Urban Poverty
Achievement Gap
Education Policy

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Corey Bunje Bower earned his Ph.D. in Leadership and Policy Studies from Vanderbilt in 2013. Prior to graduate school, he taught 6th Grade and coached debate with the New York City Teaching Fellows and Summer on the Hill in The Bronx. From 2012-15, he taught at Niagara University, where he co-founded a new social entrepreneurship competition. His current research examines how urban poverty affects children and families and explores ways in which social and educational policies can mitigate these effects and narrow achievement gaps.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Leadership and Policy Studies, Vanderbilt University, 2013
  • M.S., Elementary Education, Mercy College, 2006
  • B.A., Political Science/Economics, Drew University, 2004

Current Courses

  • ELP 626: Policy Formulation and Analysis in Educational Administration (Fall)
  • ELP 543: Introduction to Economics of Education (Fall)

Future Courses

  • ELP 627: Issues and Perspectives in Policies for Educational Administration (Spring, 2018)
  • ELP 201: Educational and Social Policy in Action (Spring, 2018)
  • ELP 639 Special Topics: Urban Poverty and Achievement Gaps
  • ELP 606: Changing Social Contexts for Educational Leaders

Other Related Links

Rossi, R. J., & Bower, C. B. (2017). Passed to fail? Predicting the college enrollment of GED® passers. Adult Education Quarterly, (online first). doi:10.1177/0741713617721970

Bower, C. B. (2013). Social Policy and the Achievement Gap: What Do We Know? Where Should We Head? Education and Urban Society, 45(1), 3-36. doi: 10.1177/0013124511407488

Bower, C. B. (2012). Teacher Retention and School Performance in High-Poverty Urban Schools: Evidence from New York City Middle Schools. Leadership and Policy Quarterly, 1(2), 95-108.

Crowson, R. L. & Bower, C. B. (2011). Community Relations. In J. W. Guthrie & P. J. Schuermann (Eds.), Oxford Bibliographies Online: Education.

Springer, M. G., Pepper, M. J., Gardener, C. D., & Bower, C. B. (2009). Supplemental Educational Services and No Child Left Behind. In M. Berends, M. G. Springer, D. Ballou & H. J. Walberg (Eds.), Handbook of Research on School Choice (pp. 569-592). New York: Routledge.

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