Donald J. Peurach’s teaching, scholarship, and outreach sit at the intersection of educational organization, reform, and policy. Peurach investigates how these domains of activity interact both to undermine and to improve leadership, instruction, and student achievement. He has conducted analyses of these interactions in the context of large-scale, network-based improvement initiatives. Peurach has drawn on this work in developing outreach initiatives for school leaders and as an advisor to executives managing large-scale, network-based improvement initiatives.
Currently, Peurach’s research is focused on devising methods of collaborating with network leaders to improve ways in which their enterprises function as learning systems that improve and adapt over time. The aim is to increase the potential of these networks to succeed on rigorous evaluations of program impact.
In 2013, Peurach received the School of Education’s Evan G. and Helen G. Pattishall Junior Faculty Research Award. In 2011, he received the Paula Silver Case Award from the University Council of Educational Administration for the most outstanding case published in the 2010 volume of the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.
Prior to joining the School of Education as a faculty member in 2011, Peurach served as an assistant professor at Michigan State University and at Eastern Michigan University. He also served as a researcher on U-M’s Study of Instructional Improvement. Before pursuing an academic career, Peurach was a high school mathematics teacher and, before that, a systems analyst in manufacturing, health care, and higher education.
Peurach holds a BA in computer science from Wayne State University, an MPP from the Ford School of Public Policy at U-M, and a PhD in educational studies from the School of Education at U-M.