Doctorate in educational leadership from Oakland University. Master’s in educational leadership from Saginaw Valley State University. Bachelor’s degree in social science education from Bowling Green State University.
Daniel J. Quinn, Ph.D., project manager, is an experienced public speaker, organizational leader, consensus builder, and facilitator. Dr. Quinn has educational expertise from a multitude of perspectives and is skilled at coordinating qualitative and quantitative research in collaboration with academics, policymakers, and local leaders. He has experience leading focus groups and town hall meetings, as well as gathering stakeholder input in public settings.
Dr. Quinn leads PPA’s education policy area—in this work, PPA partners with state education departments, educational associations, community-based organizations, and school districts. His background includes strategic planning for nonprofit organizations, program and policy evaluation, and organizational leadership development. His current research interests include education policy implementation, leadership development, and teacher working conditions.
Prior to joining PPA, Dr. Quinn served as executive director for the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice, where he oversaw a nationally recognized research agenda. He also taught secondary-level social studies for 19 years, with emphasis on economics, before focusing his career on policy. He has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville and Oakland University teaching policy analysis and action research methods.
In 2019, Dr. Quinn was appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to serve on Michigan’s A-F Peer Review Panel. The A-F Peer Review Panel examined Michigan’s proposed system for determining letter grades and rankings supplied by the Michigan Department of Education. Dr. Quinn serves on the board of directors for the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA), and is a member of the Michigan Association for Evaluation (MAE) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).