Craig B. Howley – Curriculum Vitae


EdD (Education Administration)
West Virginia University, May 1996
Morgantown, West Virginia

MA (Gifted Education)
Marshall University Graduate College (WVCGS), August 1982
South Charleston, West Virginia

BA (English and Comparative Literature)
Columbia College, June 1970
New York City, New York


1997-present WordFarmers Associates, Albany, OH (senior researcher)
2001-2011     ACCLAIM Research Initiative, Ed Studies Dept, Ohio Univ (director)
1999-2013      Educational Studies Dept, Ohio Univ, Athens OH (associate professor)
1988-2004      ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools (Director)
1986-2004      Appalachia Educational Lab, Charleston West Virginia (Researcher)
1982-1986      University of Charleston, Charleston (Adjunct faculty)
1981-1982      Jackson County Schools, West Virginia (teacher)
1973-1977      West Virginia Department of Mental Health (teacher)

Craig Howley is a prominent education researcher in the US. He has conducted empirical studies about school size, school consolidation, place-based education, mathematics education, talent development (gifted education), teaching and teachers, technology, principal preparation, and education policy. He has conducted program evaluations in technology, special education, parent and family involvement, place-based education, and professional development. His work also includes many articles, policy briefs, and books for teachers, principals, and community members. 


Howley, C., Howley, A., & Pendarvis, E. (2017). Out of our minds: Turning the tide of anti-intellectualism in American  schools (2nd Ed.). Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Milligan, T., & Howley, C. (2016). Educational leadership in our peculiar institutions: Understandings of principals in segregated, White-staffed urban elementary schools. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 17(1), 43-61.

Howley, C., Howley, C.W., & Kuemmel, W. (2015). The political economy of rural Appalachian school achievement. In Grooms, S., & Williams, A., Educational opportunity in rural contexts: The politics of place (pp. 123-153). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press.

Howley, C., Howley, A., & Johnson, J. (Eds). (2014). Dynamics of social class, race, and place in rural education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press.

Howley C., & Howley, A. (2014). Making sense of rural education research: Art, transgression, and other acts of terroir. In. M. Corbett & S. White (Eds.), Doing educational research in rural settings: Methodological issues, international perspectives, and practical solutions (pp. 7-25). Abington, UK: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

Howley, C., Howley, A., & Yahn, J. (2014). Motives for dissertation research at the intersection between rural education and curriculum and instruction. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 29(5), 1-12.

Howley, A., Howley, C., Rhodes, M., & Yahn, J. (2014). Three contemporary dilemmas for rural superintendents. Peabody Journal of Education, 89(5), 1-20.

Howley, A., Howley, M., Howley, C.,, & Duncan, T. (2013). Early college and dual enrollment challenges: Inroads and impediments to access. Journal for Advanced Academics, 24(2), 77-107.

Howley, C., Showalter, D., Klein, R., Sturgill, D., & Smith, M. (2013).  Rural math talent, then and now. Roeper Review, 35(2), 102-114.

Wilson, Z., & Howley, C. (2012) Going further: A roadmap to the works of the ACCLAIM Research Initiative. Athens, OH: Appalachian Collaborative Consortium for Learning, Assessment, and Instruction in Mathematics. Retrieved from contentdelivery/servlet/ERICServlet? accno=ED529588

Howley, A., Showalter, D., Howley, M., Howley, C., Klein, R., & Johnson, J. (2011). Challenges for place-based mathematics pedagogy in rural schools and communities in the United States. Children, Youth, and Environments, 21(1), 101-127. Retrieved from Mathematics Pedagogy.pdf

Howley, C., Johnson, J., & Petrie, J. (2011). Consolidation:  What the research says and what it means (Policy Brief).  Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center. Retrieved from

Howley, A., & Howley, C. (2010). Disabusing small-schools reformism: An alternative outlook on scaling up and down. In P. Kovacs (Ed.), Bill Gates and the future of U.S. public schools (pp. 104-125). New York: Routledge.

Howley, C. (2009). Critique and fiction: Doing science right in rural education research. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 24(15). Retrieved January 5, 2010, from

Howley, A., Howley, C., Burgess, L, & Pusateri, D. (2008). Social class, Amish culture, and an egalitarian ethos: Case study from a rural school serving Amish children. Journal for Research in Rural Education, 23(3). Retrieved May 23, 2008, from

Howley, A., & Howley, C. (2007). Thinking about school administration. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.