Denver Fowler


Contact Information

Assistant Professor
Eureka Hall 219
(916) 278-7394

Office Hours

Spring 2018

Monday By Appointment 
Tuesday By Appointment 
Wednesday 9am-12noon or By Appointment
Thursday By Appointment
Friday By Appointment 


Joined Faculty: August 2017

Areas Research/Scholarly Activity

Dr. Denver J. Fowler is currently an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Graduate and Professional Studies in Education, within the College of Education at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). In addition to this role, Dr. Fowler serves as an elected Senator on the Faculty Senate at CSUS. Additionally, Dr. Fowler serves as a Department Representative for the California Faculty Association, an association representing 28,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors, and coaches who teach within the California State University system. He also serves as an elected Committee Member on the Curriculum, Assessment, Technology, and Teaching Excellence (CATTE) committee at the College of Education. Dr. Fowler is starting his ninth year in Higher Education (6 years part-time & 2 years full-time). Prior to his appointment at CSUS, Dr. Fowler served as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at The University of Mississippi (UM) where he taught within the Ph.D., Ed.D., M.Ed., Ed.S., and Principal Corps programs as well as served on several dissertation committees. In addition, he served as the elected President of the Mississippi Association of Professors of Educational Leadership (2015-2017), a state affiliate of the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership. Prior to his appointment at UM, Dr. Fowler served as an adjunct instructor and lecturer for over six years at The Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, and University of West Florida, where he was responsible for teaching courses (on-line, hybrid, & face-to-face) in educational leadership, educational technology, and teacher education, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to his experience in the Higher Education setting, Dr. Fowler served as a coach, teacher, athletic director, technology coordinator, and school administrator for over a decade in the PreK-12 educational setting in both the private and public school sectors in the State of Ohio. During this tenure, he was named the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) and National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) State Assistant Principal of the Year in the State of Ohio, and was nominated for the NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year in the United States. He received this award and nomination for his efforts in leading a school turnaround initiative in which his school building received all A's on their state report card. A strong supporter of education and policy reform, Dr. Fowler has spoken on Capitol Hill in order to advocate for educators and school leaders nationwide. He is the author of numerous publications on educational leadership. His research interests include ethics, leadership, educational leadership, and research on the superintendency and principalship. More specifically, he is interested in how the ethical leadership perspectives of school leaders vary according to school leader demographics and school district characteristics. Dr. Fowler has presented his research and served as a keynote speaker both nationally and internationally, including presentations in China, Italy, Greece, Cuba, Africa, and Puerto Rico. He is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Educational Research Association (AERA), International Council for Professors of Educational Leadership (ICPEL), California Association of Professors of Educational Administration (CAPEA), University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), American Association of School Administrators (AASA), and Educational Leaders Without Borders (ELWB), to name a few. Within AERA, Dr. Fowler belongs to and is actively involved in three Special Interest Groups (SIGs) including: (1) Research on the Superintendency; (2) Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership; and (3) Doctoral Education across the Disciplines. Dr. Fowler received his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Administration from Ohio University, Master of Arts in Education (M.A.) from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.) from The Ohio State University. In addition to his degrees, Dr. Fowler completed a School Leadership Institute at Harvard University through a national grant he received from the National Education Association (NEA). Dr. Fowler is a licensed Superintendent, Principal, Teacher, and holds a Private School Administrative and Teaching license. He is involved in the local community and currently serves as a volunteer for Cub Scouts and coaches NFL youth flag football, youth basketball, and youth baseball for the Cameron Park Community Services District. Dr. Fowler resides in Cameron Park, California with his wife, Anna, and three children, Haley, Beckett, and Teagan. Additional family members at the Fowler household include two fish and a dog named Cannoli.

Courses Taught

  • EDLP 200 - Diversity and Equity in Educational Leadership
  • EDLP 202 - Legal Basis of Education
  • EDLP 205 - Curriculum and Instructional Leadership in K-12 Schools
  • EDLP 206 - Supervision and Leadership
  • EDLP 208 - School Leadership/Management
  • EDLP 209 - Human Resources and Supervision
  • EDLP 500 - M.A. Thesis/Project

Educational Degrees

Ed.D., Ohio University
M.A., Mount Vernon Nazarene University
B.S., The Ohio State University

Professional Awards or Commendations

  • 2018 Nominated for the Association of North America Higher Education International (ANAHEI) Research Leadership Award - Global Issues.

  • 2017 Nominated for The University of Mississippi, School of Education, Department of Leadership and Counselor Education, Outstanding Scholar Award.

  • 2017 Nominated for the Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award within the Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership Special Interest Group at the American Educational Research Association.

  • 2016 Nominated for The University of Mississippi, School of Education, Department of Leadership and Counselor Education, Exemplary Service Award.

  • 2015 Received Congressional Recognition from the United States House of Representatives.

Selected Recent Publications


Fowler, D. (March 2018). The 21st century school leader: Leading schools in today’s world. Ontario, Canada: Word & Deed Publishing.

Fowler, D. & Davis, D. (September 2018). Human resources: A practical guide for school leaders. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Fowler, D., Bravender, M., & Riley, J. (In-contract). A guide to technology in the digital millennial age. Ypsilanti, MI: ICPEL Publications.

Fowler, D. & Graham, S. (In-contract). Transformative leadership in schools. Ontario, Canada: Word & Deed Publishing.


Fowler, D. (Chapter proposal accepted). A historical analysis: Standards for educational leadership preparation programs in the United States and the state of California. In V. Storey (Ed.). School type diversification in England and the United States of America: Implications for school leader preparation programs. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
(Blind Peer Review)

Fowler, D. (Chapter proposal accepted-In review). Social capital and school reform: The role of school leaders in fostering relationships amongst stakeholders. In R. Bartee & P. George (Eds.). Contemporary perspectives on social capital in educational contexts. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
(Blind Peer Review)

Fowler, D. (Chapter proposal accepted-In review). Ethics and the superintendency. In M. Mountford & L. Wallace (Eds.). The contemporary superintendent: (R)Evolutionary leadership in an era of reform. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
(Blind Peer Review)

Fowler, D. (2017). Through a professor’s lens: A narrative from the field. In V. Storey (Ed.). Exploring the impact of the dissertation in practice, pp. 17-30. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
(Blind Peer Review)

Fowler, D. (2017). Leading for school improvement: Collecting, analyzing, and disseminating achievement data to guide instructional practices in schools. In D. Griffiths & S. Lowrey (Eds.). The principal reader: Narratives of experience, pp. 69-77. Ontario, Canada: Word & Deed Publishing.

Refereed Publications:

Fowler, D. (Accepted). The importance of differentiated leadership and leading for equity in higher education: How higher education transformed my life [Special issue]. Journal of Contemporary Research in Education.

Brown, K. & Fowler, D. (2018). Data-driven decisions: Using equity theory to highlight implications for underserved students. AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 15(4), 17-27.

Fowler, D., Edwards. R., & Hsu, H. (2017). An investigation of state superintendents in the United States: Ethical leadership perspectives, state leader demographics, and state education characteristics. Athens Journal of Education.

Posthuma, R., Gonzalez-Brambila, C., Fowler, D., & Al-Riyami, S. (2017). A comprehensive model management  education for Latin America: Learning constructs, instructional techniques, and outcomes. Management Research, The Journal of Iberoamerican Academy of Management, 15(4), 405-424.

Fowler, D., Posthuma, R., & Tsai, W. (2016). Hiring transformational leaders in education: Lessons learned from structured employment interviews. International Journal of Education and Teaching, 3(4), 240-260.

Curriculum Vitae

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