Paul Fossum, Ph.D.

Professor, Educational Foundations
Paul Fossum
College of Education, Health, and Human Services

Teaching Areas:

Education (Doctorate), Elementary Certification, M.A. in Education, M.A. in Teaching, Secondary Certification

Research Areas:

Comparative Education, Education Policy, Higher Education

Biography and Education

Paul Fossum (BA University of Montana, MA Boston University) completed his PhD at the University of Minnesota's Department of Educational Policy and Administration, pursuing academic emphases in the social and philosophical foundations, comparative education, and higher education. After completion of his doctorate, postdoctoral work at Minnesota's Institute of Community Integration focused on systems change in inclusive school settings, and, later, at the University of Michigan, on institutional outreach and interdisciplinary studies.

At the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Professor Fossum's current and recent leadership appointments include service as Interim Dean from 2009-2010 and Associate Dean from 2010- June 2014. He  has served terms on the College of Education, Health, and Human Services' Executive Committee and the University of Michigan Senate Assembly, both beginning in fall 2007. In addition, Paul served recent terms on the UM-Dearborn Faculty Senate and Senate Council and was elected to serve as chair of both bodies for the 2005-2006 academic year. He has coordinated the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, and was co-director of a $1.8 million U.S. Department of Education grant project focused on improving the capacities of postsecondary and K-12 teachers in their use of instructional technology. His institutional service has extended to several additional committees at both the Dearborn campus and at the University's central campus in Ann Arbor. Paul was designated to serve as acting associate dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Dr. Fossum has written extensively on international/comparative education, and has published works in multiple languages and countries. He co-authored a college level textbook that has received considerable international attention by college level instructors of comparative and international education. In addition, Paul has studied and written about the instructional potential and limitations of classroom technology.

Paul resides in Ann Arbor. He is married and has two children.