M. David Alexander

M. David Alexander, Sch of Educ 2009 Faculty & Staff Awards

David Alexander

M. David Alexander

Professor

Office

1750 Kraft Dr., Room 2009 
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Phone

Office: 540-231-9723

Email

Department Membership

School of Education

Expertise

  • School law
  • School finance
  • School board policy

Professional Activities

  • Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, 2010- Present.
  • Department Unit Chair and Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, 2005 - 2010. Facilitates day-to-day operations of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, evaluate faculty, recommend merit salary adjustments.
  • Department Chair and Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, 1995 - 2005.

Education

  • PhD, University of Florida (Political Science), 2015
  • MA, Florida International University (International Relations), 2009
  • B.A., Florida International University (Philosophy), 2006

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Elected to Board of Trustees of National Education Finance Academy, 2016-2017.

    Serving as Co-Chair of Educational Law Association (ELA) Professional Partnership Committee for 2015-2016.

    Selected to serve on the Advisory Board of the UCEA Center for Leadership in Law and Education, Center for Leadership in Law and Education at Clemson University, 2014 to present.

    Invited to join The Flagstaff Seminar: Educational Leaders Without Boarders, the focus is to create a Global Network of Educational Scholars to research issues about World Educational Problems, 2014 to present.

    Selected to serve on Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Educational Considerations, Kansas State University 2014.

    Selected Publications

    Books

    Alexander, Kern and M. David Alexander. The Law of Schools, Students, and Teachers, West Academic Publishing, St. Paul, MN, 5th ed. 2015.  (700 pages)

    Salmon, Richard G. and M. David Alexander, Taking the Mystery out of Virginia School Finance, National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 2014.

    Cox, Betty, Jennifer Sughrue, Luke M. Cornelius, and M. David Alexander, The Challenges to School Policing, Education Law Association, Dayton, Ohio, 2012.     

    Alexander, Kern and M. David Alexander.  American Public School Law, 8th Ed.

    Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, Belmont, CA.  (1200 pages) (Leading School Law textbook in the United States), 2012.

    Articles

    Jobert, Rika, Jennifer Sughrue and M. David Alexander, “Search and Seizure of Learners in Schools in a Constitutional Democracy: A Comparative Analysis of South Africa and the United States,” De Jure Legal Journal (South African Education Law Association), 46 Volume 1, 2013.

    Alexander, M. David, Jennifer Sughrue, Jianliang Wang and Pengwei Wang, “ Random Drug Testing in Elementary and Secondary Schools in the United States”, Chinese Educational Law Review, (Volume 9, 2012)

    Alexander, M. D., “Public School Pupil Transportation: Rural Schools," Journal of Education Finance, Fall 1990, v. 16, No. 2.

    Salmon, Richard G., and M. David Alexander, "State Fiscal Assistance to Private Education: Gradual Erosion of the Wall of Separation between Church and State," Journal of the National Council on Religion and Education, December, 1987.

    Sponsored Research

    “A School-University Collaboration for Curriculum Development for the People’s Republic of China,” 2009, $85,268, Fulbright-Hays Study Abroad Program, U.S. Department of Education.  Co-Director with Dr. Jianliang Wang, Western Kentucky University. (Grant Virginia Tech)

    “A School-University Collaboration for Curriculum Development for the People’s Republic of China,” 2006, $80,000, Fulbright-Hays Study Abroad Program, U.S. Department of Education.  Co-Director with Dr. Jianliang Wang, Western Kentucky University. (Grant Virginia Tech)

    “A School-University Collaboration for Curriculum Development for the People’s Republic of China,” 2002, $64,000, Fulbright-Hays Study Abroad Program, U. S. Department of Education.  Co-Director with Dr. Jianliang Wang, Western Kentucky University. (Grant Virginia Tech)

    “A Study of the Feasibility of a Hampton Roads Regional Educational Cooperative,” 1997, $78,697, Norfolk VA Public Schools.