Wayne State University

Christopher B. Crowley

Christopher B. Crowley
Assistant Professor (Clinical) - Teacher Education
229 Education

Office Hours: By appointment.

Phone: (313) 577-2552
Fax: (313) 577-4091

  • Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S.Ed., Reading/Writing/Literacy, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., English/Writing; Sociology, St. Lawrence University


Crowley's primary area of research is in the field of curriculum studies and focuses on issues of privatization in teacher education. His research critically examines how various stakeholders including non-profit organizations, philanthropic foundations, the for-profit sector and others are becoming increasingly involved in multiple aspects of teacher education.  His research has appeared in journals such as Teacher Education & Practice, Teachers College Record, and Schools: Studies in Education and in several edited volumes. 


Area Of Expertise

  • Curriculum Theory
  • Teacher Education
  • Politics of Education Reform
  • Literacy Education
  • Teacher Research/Practitioner Inquiry

Courses Taught

  • TED 8270 - Seminar: Issues in Curriculum and Instruction (The Study of Teaching and Teacher Education)
  • RLL 7300 - Literacy Across the Curriculum
  • RLL 6121 - Reading in the Content Areas: 6-12

Awards & Honors

Wayne State University College of Education Faculty Teaching Award


DeNicolo, C. P., Yu, M., Crowley, C. B., & Gabel, S.   2017 Review of Research in Education 41 (1). 500-530.
Crowley, C. B.   2017 Teaching and Teacher Education 67. 477-486.
Crowley, C. B.   2016 In Lim, L. & Apple, M. W. (eds.), The Strong State and Curriculum Reform. New York, NY: Routledge. 131-147.
Yu, M. & Crowley, C. B.   2016 Teachers College Record.
Crowley, C. B. & Knoester, M.   2012 In Knoester M. (ed.), International Struggles for Critical Democratic Education. New York, NY: Peter Lang. 111-130.
Crowley, C. B. & Apple, M. W.   2009 Teacher Education & Practice. 22(4) 450-453.
Crowley, C. B.   2009 Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research 11 (2).
Crowley, C. B.   2008 Schools: Studies in Education. 5 (1). 156-162.