Mark Garrison

Professor of Education

Office: 147 Killgore Research Center
Phone: 806-651-2274

Professional Profile

Dr. Garrison joined the Killgore Research Center as Professor of Education and Core Doctoral Research Faculty in 2019. He received both a B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York (1991, 1994, respectively) and in 2001 he received a Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education, concentrating in the Sociology of Education, also from the University at Buffalo.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Garrison teaches doctoral research methods courses, including Quantitative Research Methods, Data Analysis, and Mixed Method.

Since 1995, Dr. Garrison has worked in various higher education institutions, serving in a variety of research, administrative and faculty roles.

Dr. Garrison is a nationally recognized education policy analyst and public intellectual focusing on the political, sociological, and philosophical aspects of public policy and education reform. Dr. Garrison is also the co-founder and lead consultant for an evaluation consulting firm.

Research and Scholarship

Dr. Garrison has authored over 50 manuscripts appearing in edited books, peer-reviewed journals, professional newsletters, and presentations at professional conferences. His scholarship has won national acclaim, including the 2011 American Education Studies Association Critic’s Choice Award and the 2010 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for his book, A Measure of Failure: The Political Origins of Standardized Testing (SUNY Press, 2009). His research focuses on the relationship between social science methods, technology, and governance, with a particular focus on the history and theory of measurement and behaviorist techniques of social control. He is currently testing alternatives to the Pearsonian-Fisherian research tradition and elaborating on a realist philosophy of science as a guide to basic and applied research efforts.

Personal Sketch

Dr. Garrison lives in Amarillo, traveling often to visit his family in Buffalo, New York, where he enjoys working with musicians in his recording studio, Sound Garrison. He enjoys music, photography, political culture, and of course good food and discussion with friends. He has come to love hiking in Palo Duro Canyon, which stands as a beautiful parallel to his beloved Letchworth State Park in central New York, known as the "Grand Canyon of the East."