Robert Floden

Robert  Floden
  • Dean, College of Education
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Teacher Education Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education


Robert E. Floden is dean of the College of Education. Floden is also a University Distinguished Professor of teacher education, measurement and quantitative methods, mathematics education, educational psychology and educational policy. He is co-director of the Education Policy Center.

Floden received an A.B. with honors in philosophy from Princeton University and an M.S. in statistics and Ph.D. in philosophy of education from Stanford University. He has studied teaching and learning, including work on the cultures of teaching, teacher development, the character and effects of teacher education and how policy is linked to classroom practice.

Part of the faculty at MSU since 1977, Floden is a member of the National Academy of Education, for which he serves as Secretary-Treasurer. He is co-editor of the Journal of Teacher Education, serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Division 15. Floden’s work has been published in the Handbook of Research on Teaching, the Handbook of Research on Teacher Education, the Handbook of Research on Mathematics Teaching and Learning, and in many journals and books.