I am professor in Measurement
and Quantitative Methods within Department of Counseling,
Educational Psychology and Special Education within the College of Education and also in Fisheries and Wildlife within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
at Michigan State University.
As of 2015 I am MSU Foundation Professor of Sociometrics (referring to the
quantitative study of social context).
I am affiliated with the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability,
the Education Policy Center and the Center for Statistical Training and Consulting
Kenneth Frank received his Ph.D. in measurement, evaluation and statistical
analysis from the School
of Education at the University of Chicago in 1993.† He is currently a professor in Counseling,
Educational Psychology and Special Education as well as in Fisheries and
Wildlife and adjunct in Sociology at Michigan State University.† His substantive interests include the study
of schools as social organizations and the social embeddedness of natural
resource use.† His substantive areas are
linked to several methodological interests: social network analysis, causal
inference and multi-level models. His publications include quantitative
methods for representing relations among actors in a social network,
robustness indices for inferences, and the effects of social capital in
schools and other social contexts.† He
teaches general introductory courses in research methods and quantitative
methods as well as advanced courses in multivariate analysis and seminars in
social network analysis and causal inference.†
Kenís current projects include a study of the effects of the Michigan
Merit Curriculum on educational outcomes and how knowledge about climate
change diffuses to policy-makers and educators.
1988 - 1993 University of Chicago
Department of Education, program in Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistical
My dissertation concerned the use of an iterative partitioning clustering algorithm
to identify cliques of actors in a network. Applications include identifying
cliques of teachers in high schools, cliques of students in a single grade of
high school, and subgroups of schools which exchange many students.
Chair: Anthony Bryk
Committee: Charles Bidwell, Benjamin Wright, Kazuo Yamaguchi, Dan Lortie and
1986-1988 University of Michigan School of Education, program in Higher and
Adult Continuing Education,. Masters of Arts.
1981-1985 University of Michigan.
Major in Statistics and English, Bachelor of Arts.
For breakdown by research strand see: https://www.msu.edu/~kenfrank/research.htm
Dr. Ken Frank
Room 462 Erickson Hall
Michigan State University