David L. Tan, Ph.D. | University of Oklahoma
Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies | Norman | Oklahoma

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Introduction. My name is David Tan. I am Professor (tenured) and Department Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma located in Norman, Oklahoma. I also serve as the Graduate Liaison to the Graduate College of the University. The ELPS Department, one of three departments in the College of Education, prepares graduates for leadership, administrative, teaching, and research positions in a variety of organizations, from common schools to higher education to the private sector (business and industry). We are the department that deals with administrative and foundational issues of education.

Our Department has three distinct graduate programs, consisting currently of 27 full-time faculty members. The Adult and Higher Education program (EDAH), with a focus on postsecondary and adult education, prepares graduates to become higher education (college and university) administrators, adult educators, or trainers in business and industry. The Educational Administration, Curriculum, and Supervision program (EACS) prepares graduates to assume administrative roles (principals or superintendents) in the K-12 settings (e.g. elementary schools, secondary schools, and school districts). The Educational Studies program (EDS) provides professionals with the philosophical, historical, and sociological foundations of education. Please feel free to visit or contact me if you are interested in any of our programs.

Specialization. My area of specialty is higher education administration (a component of the EDAH program), with foci on strategic planning, institutional research, leadership, organizational behavior, finance, college students, diversity, accreditation, state coordination, and research methodology. If you are registered in one of my classes, you are encouraged to visit my teaching website to access detailed information about textbook requirements, course objectives, course expectations, course topics, and how to prepare for class.

Administrative Service. As part of my service to the community, I am also the Executive Director of the statewide consortium-based Center for Student Affairs Research (CSAR) dedicated to the research and practice of student affairs. If you are interested in CSAR or wish to find out how CSAR can be of assistance to you and your institution, please contact me.

Note: Since August 9, 2010, we have returned to our permanent home in Collings Hall, located at the south oval of the main campus.