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Ph.D., Educational and Medical Anthropology, Stanford University, 1981

A.M., Education, Stanford University, 1979

A.M., Anthropology, Stanford University, 1977

B.A., Summa cum Laude in Anthropology, University of Connecticut, 1976                     

B.A., Summa cum Laude in History, University of Connecticut, 1976


HOME PAGE         http://www.davidfetterman.com and http://eevaluation.blogspot.com


HONORS  (selected)                       


Who’s Who in America, 1990, 1995-1996, 1999, 2008-2012  

Who's Who in American Education, 1989-90, 1995-96, 2003

Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 2010, 2011

Who’s Who in the World, 2011, 2012, 2013

Outstanding Higher Education Professional, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut, 2008

Lazarsfield Award for Contributions to Evaluation Theory, American Evaluation Association, 2000

Myrdal Award for Cumulative Contributions to Evaluation Practice, American Evaluation Association, 1995

George and Louise Spindler Award, American Anthropological Association and the Council on Anthropology and Education, 1990 (educational anthropology)

Mensa Education and Research Foundation Award for Excellence, 1990.



POSITIONS (abbrev)                         


1982-present       President & CEO, Fetterman & Associates, international evaluation consulting firm

2007-present       Professor of Education (adjunct), University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff; Co-Director, Arkansas Evaluation Center, UAPB at Pine Bluff

2004-2009             Director of Evaluation, Division of Evaluation, Office of Medical Education, School of Medicine, Stanford University

2003-2004            Director of Evaluation, Career Development, & Alumni Relations, Stanford University

1993-2003            Director, MA Policy Analysis and Evaluation Program, Stanford University; Consulting Professor of Education, Stanford University

1993-1997             Professor and Research Director, California Institute of Integral Studies (concurrent)

1991-1993            Principal Research Scientist, American Institutes for Research

1982-1991            Senior Administrator, Internal Audit (Report to the Board of Trustees), Stanford University

1978-1982            Senior Associate and Project Director, RMC Research Corporation




PROJECTS (abbrev)                                                                


2011                 Principal Investigator and Evaluator, Tsholofelo Community (squatter settlement), South Africa

2010                  Principal Investigator and Evaluation Consultant, Principal Selection Study, Corte Madera, Portola Valley School District, CA

2009-2011         Principal Investigator and Evaluator, Corte Madera, Portola Valley School District, CA


2009-2010        Principal Investigator and Empowerment Evaluator, Family and Children Services, Palo Alto, CA


2009-2010         Evaluation Consultant, Ministry of Health and Jimma University, Ethiopia


2009-2010        Principal Investigator and Evaluator, BUILD, Palo Alto (entrepreneurial after-school program)


2008-2010        Principal Investigator and Evaluator, Case Method, Columbia School of Journalism, Knight Foundation


2007-2008         Evaluation Consultant, Los Angeles County, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Prevention Initiative and HST, Casey Family Programs

2007-2008         Principal Investigator, Evaluation Consultant, and Learning Expert, Digital Media Center, Knight Foundation

2006-2007         Principal Investigator and Evaluator, Knight New Media Center, Knight Foundation

2006                   Evaluation Consultant, Te Puni Kokiri, Ministry of Maori Development, New Zealand

2005-present    Principal Investigator and Evaluator, Tobacco Prevention, Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

2004-2009         Director of Evaluation, Medical Education, Stanford University School of Medicine (pre-clinical, clinical, scholarly concentration, PGY-1, residency, fellowship programs, accreditation)

2004                   Evaluation Consultant, National Institute of Multimedia Education, Tokyo, Japan

2003                   Principal Investigator and Evaluator, Hewlett-Packard Philanthropy and Education, $15 Million Digital Villages

2003                  Principal Investigator and Evaluator, Knight Foundation, Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism

2001-2002         Evaluation Consultant, One East Palo Alto.  City Revitalization Project.  Hewlett Foundation. Menlo Park, CA.    

2002                  Principal Investigator and Evaluator, Mosaic’s Project, California State University, Sacramento, California Arts Council Funded

2002                  Principal Investigator and Evaluator, Arkansas Department of Education, Little Rock, Arkansas

2000-2001         Principal Investigator and Evaluator, National Indian Child Welfare Association. Intertribal Council of Michigan. Hannahville Indian Community, Wilson, MI.

1993                   Evaluation Consultant, Center for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa    

1993                   Evaluation Consultant, Independent Development Trust, Cape Town, South Africa

1981-1982          Project Director and Evaluator, of California Arts Council Evaluation study





President, 1992-94, American Evaluation Association

President, 1990-92, Council on Anthropology and Education, American Anthropological Association

Co-chair, 1995-present, Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation (American Evaluation Association)

Fellow, American Anthropological Association and Society for Applied Anthropology




2012                 Empowerment Evaluation eStudy Webinar, American Evaluation Association

2011                 Empowerment Evaluation Webinar, UNICEF

2010                 Blogging for Evaluation Webinar, American Evaluation Association

2007-2010        Empowerment Evaluation, Technology, Claremont Graduate University

1982-2003        Evaluation, Research Methods, Technology, School of Education, Stanford University




California Teaching Credential, Social Science, Grades - Preschool, 1-12, and adult classes

Connecticut Teaching Credential, History and Social Studies, Grades 7-12

California Community College Instructor Credential, Subject Matter Area:  Anthropology




Stanford Social Innovations Review, Corporate Philanthropy Tackles Digital Divide (http://www.ssireview.org/blog/entry/corporate_philanthropy_tackles_the_digital_divide)

Stanford Social Innovations Review, Surviving the Fiscal Cliff (http://www.ssireview.org/blog/entry/surviving_the_fiscal_cliff)

Tobacco Prevention (http://tobaccoprevention.blogspot.com)

Empowerment Evaluation (http://eevaluation.blogspot.com)

Arkansas Evaluation Center (http://arkansasevaluationcenter.blogspot.com)

Empowerment Evaluation, AEA (http://aea365.org/blog)

Participation and Collaboration, AEA (http://aea365.org/blog)






Fetterman, D.M. (2013).  Empowerment Evaluation in the Digital Villages:  Hewlett-Packard’s $15 Million Race Toward Social Justice.  Stanford:  Stanford University Press.  (See Stanford Social Innovations site:  http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/empowerment_evaluation_in_the_digital_villages_hewlett_packards_15_million)

Fetterman, D.M. (2010).  Ethnography: Step by Step (3rd edition).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fetterman, D.M. and Cazorla, A. [Eds.] (2007).  Empowerment evaluation:  Metodologia Para El Seguimiento De Programas Y Proyecto.Madrid:  Universidad Politecnica de Madrid.

Fetterman, D.M and Wandersman, A. [Eds.] (2005). Empowerment Evaluation Principles in Practices.  New York: Guilford Publications.

Fetterman, D.M. (2001).  Foundations of Empowerment Evaluation.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fetterman, D.M. (1998).  Ethnography:  Step by Step.  (2nd edition).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

Fetterman, D.M., Kaftarian, S., Wandersman, A. (Eds.) (1996).  Empowerment Evaluation:  Knowledge and Tools for Self-assessment and Accountability.  Newbury Park, CA:  Sage.

Fetterman, D.M. (Ed.) (1993).  Speaking the Language of Power:  Communication, Collaboration, and Advocacy.  London, England:  Falmer Press.

Fetterman, D.M. (Ed.).  (1991)  Using Qualitative Methods in Institutional Research.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.

Fetterman, D.M.  (1989).  Ethnography:  Step by Step (1st edition). Newbury Park, CA: Sage  (13th printing).

Fetterman, D.M. (Ed.) (1988).  Qualitative Approaches to Evaluation in Education:  The Silent Scientific Revolution. New York:  Praeger Publications.

Fetterman, D.M.  (1988).  Excellence and Equality: A Qualitatively Different Perspective on Gifted and Talented Education, New York:  State University of New York Press.  (Chapter 7 reprinted in Mensa Research Journal.)

Fetterman, D.M. (Ed.)  (1987).  Perennial Issues in Qualitative Research, Education and Urban Society  (Special Topic Edition), 20(1).

Fetterman, D.M. and M.A. Pitman. (Eds.) (1986).  Educational Evaluation: Ethnography in Theory, Practice, and Politics.  Newbury Park, CA:  Sage Publications.

Fetterman, D.M. (Ed.)  (1984).  Ethnography in Educational Evaluation.  Newbury Park, CA:  Sage Publications.




Fetterman, D.M. (2013).  The 4 Most Important Things Nonprofits Should Know About How They Will be Affected by the Fiscal Cliff, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, January 2013.

Fetterman, D.M. (2012).  Empowerment evaluation:  learning to think like an evaluator.  In Alkin, M. (ed.)  Evaluation Roots:  A Wider Perspective of Theorists’ Views and Influences (Second Edition).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fetterman, D.M. (2011).  Empowerment Evaluation and Accreditation Case Examples:  California Institute of Integral Studies and Stanford University.  In Secolsky, C. and Denison, D.B. (eds.)  Handbook on Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Education.  New York:  Routledge.

Fetterman, D.M. (2011).  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender-Related Content in Undergraduate Medical Education.  JAMA, 306(9):971-977.

Fetterman, D. M., Deitz, J., and Gesundheit, N. (2010).  Empowerment Evaluation:  A Collaborative Approach to Evaluating and Transforming a Medical School Curriculum.  Academic Medicine, 85(5):813-820.

Fetterman, D.M. (2010).  Empowerment evaluation:  An exercise in efficiency.   In Segone, M. (ed.)  From policies to results:  developing capacities for country monitoring and evaluation systems.  New York:  UNICEF, pp. 278-288.

Fetterman, D.M. (2007).  Empowerment evaluation: yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  American Journal of Evaluation, Vol. 28, No. 2, p. 179-198. [Most accessed article in AJE in 2008]

Fetterman, D.M. and Bowman, C. (2002).  Experiential Education and Empowerment Evaluation:  Mars Rover Educational Program Case Example.  Journal of Experiential Education

Fetterman, D.M. (2002). Web Surveys to Digital Movies:  Technological Tools of the Trade.  Educational Researcher, 31(6):29-37, August/September.  http://aera.net

Darling-Hammond, L., Fetterman, D., Faigenbaum, D., Eiler, M. and Lit, I. (2000). Elementary Teacher Education Program Feasibility Report &Evaluation.  School of Education: Stanford University.




Empowerment Evaluation in the Digital Villages, Money Matters Network, Host Stu Taylor, January 28, 2013.

Empowerment Evaluation in the Digital Villages, WKXL-AM, Concord, New Hampshire, Host Bill Kearney, January 17, 2013.

Empowerment Evaluation in the Digital Villages, WPHM-AM Detroit, Host Paul Miller, January 14, 2013.

Empowerment Evaluation in the Digital Villages, Business Matters Radio, Host Thomas White, January 14, 2013.


ENCYLOPEDIA (selected): The International Encyclopedia of Education, Encyclopedia of Human Intelligence, and The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION PRESENTATIONS (selected):  American Evaluation Association, American Educational Research Association, American Anthropological Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, and AAMC Western Group on Educational Affairs.