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Alex Molnar

Professor Emeritus
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Publications: 
  • Alex Molnar. From Democratic Ideal to Corporate Commodity: The Commercial Transformation of Public Education. Journal of Education Policy (2006).
  • Alex Molnar, David Garcia. The battle over commercialized schools. Educational Leadership (2006).
  • Molnar, Alex J (Author) . For Profit K-12 Education: through the Glass Darkly. Educational Entrepreneurship, Realities, Challenges, Possibilities (2006).
  • Molnar, Alex J (Author) . Public Intellectuals and the University. Education Research in the Public Interest (2006).
  • Molnar, Alex J (Author) . Social Justice" in Researching and Teaching Social Issues. The Personal Stories and Pedagogical Efforts of Professors of Education (2006).
  • Alex Molnar. Ivy-Covered Malls and Creeping Commercialism. Educational Leadership (2005).
  • Alex Molnar. School Commercialism and Adolescent Health. Adolescent Medicine Clinics (2005).
  • Molnar, Alex J. School Commercialism: From Democratic Ideal to Market Commodity. (2005).
  • Molnar, Alex J. Virtually Everywhere: Marketing to Children in America's Schools: The Seventh Annual Report on Schoolhouse Commercialism Trends: 2003-2004. (2005).
  • . . State of Education in Arizona Annual Report (2005).
  • . . The Condition of PreK-12 Education in Arizona, 2005 (2005).
  • Alex Molnar. Are you Aware of the Commercial Activity in Your School? You Should Be. PTA Fundraising Essential (2004).
  • Alex Molnar. Cashing In On the Classroom. Educational Leadership (2004).
  • . . Commercialism, Privatization and School-Business Partnerships (2004).
  • . . Voices of a People's History of the United States (2004).
  • Molnar, Alex J (Author) . Advertising in Schools. About CHILDREN: An Authoritative Resource on the State of Childhood Today (2004).
  • Alex Molnar. Are You Aware of the Commercial Activity in Your School?. Our Children: National PTA Magazine (2003).
  • Alex Molnar. School Commercialism Hurts All Children, Ethnic Minority Group Children Most of All. Journal of Negro Education (2003).
  • John Zahorik, Anke Halbach, Karen Ehrle, Alex Molnar. Teaching Practices for Smaller Classes. Educational Leadership (2003).
  • Phil Smith, Alex Molnar, John Zahorik. Class-Size Reduction: A Fresh Look at the Data. Educational Leadership (2003).
  • Molnar, Alex J (Author) . What the Market Can't Provide. The Critical Pedagogy Reader (2003).
  • Alex Molnar. The Corporate Branding of America's Schools. Educational Leadership (2002).
  • Alex Molnar, Joseph Reaves. The Growth of Schoolhouse Commercialism and the Assault on Educative Experience. Journal of Curriculum and Supervision (2002).
  • Molnar, Alex J. School Reform Proposals: The Research Evidence. (2002).
  • Molnar, Alex J (Author) . The Commercial Transformation of America's Schools. Curriculum Visions (2002).
  • Molnar, Alex J (Author) ,Reaves, Joseph (Author) . Buy Me! Buy Me!. Education Inc (2002).
  • Molnar, Alex J (Author) ,Zahorik, John (Author) ,Ehrle, Karen (Author) ,Halbach, Anke (Author) . Teaching Reduced-Size Classes. Taking Small Classes One Step Further (2002).
  • Molnar, Alex J (Author) ,Zahorik, John (Author) ,Smith, Philip (Author) ,Halbach, Anke (Author) ,Ehrle, Karen (Author) . Wisconsin's SAGE Program. Bridging the Achievement Gap (2002).
  • Alex Molnar. Buy Me! Buy Me. Educational Leadership (2001).
  • Alex Molnar. Calculating the Benefits and Costs of For-Profit Public Education. Education Policy Analysis Archives (2001).
  • Alex Molnar. Corporate Involvement in Schools: It's Time For a More Critical Look. State Education Standard (2001).
  • Alex Molnar, Anke Halbach, Karen Ehrle, John Zahorik. Class Size Reduction: From Promise to Practice. Educational Leadership (2001).
  • Alex Molnar, Anke Halbach, Karen Ehrle, John Zahorik, Alex Molnar, Anke Halbach, Karen Ehrle, John Zahorik. Class Size Reduction: From Promise to Practice. Educational Leadership (2001).
  • . . Educational Policy and the Law (2001).
  • Molnar, Alex J (Author) . Comment on Milton Goldberg, "Why Business Backs Education Standards. Brookings Papers on Education Policy (2001).
  • Alex Molnar. Colonizing Our Future: The Commercial Transformation of America's Schools. Social Education (2000).
  • Alex Molnar. Looking for Funds in All the Wrong Places. Principal (2000).
  • Alex Molnar. The Case for Smaller Classes. Rethinking Schools (2000).
  • Alex Molnar. ZapMe! Linking School and Marketplace in a Seamless Web. Alberta Teachers' Association Magazine (2000).
  • Alex Molnar. ZapMe! Linking School and Marketplace in a Seamless Web. Phi Delta Kappan (2000).
  • Alex Molnar, David Garcia. The Battle Over Commercialized Schools. Our Schools/Our Selves: Special Commercialism Issue (Electronic) (2000).
  • Alex Molnar, Jennifer Morales. Commercialism@Schools. Educational Leadership (2000).
  • Alex Molnar, Philip Smith, John Zahorik, Amanda Palmer, Anke Halbach, Karen Ehrle. Wisconsin's Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) Class-Size Reduction Program: Achievement Effects, Teaching, and Classroom Implications. The CEIC Review (2000).
  • Molnar, Alex J. Vouchers, Class Size Reduction, and Student Achievement: Considering the Evidence. (2000).
  • . . How Small Classes Help Teachers Do Their Best (2000).
  • Molnar, Alex J (Author) ,Zahorik, John (Author) ,Ehrle, Karen (Author) ,Halbach, Anke (Author) ,Molnar, Alex J (Author) ,Zahorik, John (Author) ,Ehrle, Karen (Author) ,Halbach, Anke (Author) . Smaller Classes, Better Teaching? Effective Teaching in Reduced-Size Classes. Using What We Know (2000).
Research Activity: 
  • Garcia,David R*, Molnar,Alex J. Parent Survey. AZ DEPT OF EDUCATION(1/15/2005 - 12/31/2009).
  • Molnar,Alex J*. School-Community Partnerships for Healthy Nutrition Practices. RWJF(9/1/2004 - 12/31/2005).
  • Molnar,Alex J*. Master Agreement with Civic Concern. Civic Concern, Inc(1/1/2004 - 12/31/2006).
  • Molnar,Alex J*. EDUCATION POLICY RESEARCH. UNIV OF WISCONSIN-BUSINESS SCH(10/20/2002 - 6/30/2004).
  • Molnar,Alex J*. MASTER AGREEMENT & ENSUING TASK ORDERS BETWEEN ASU & AEA/ASBA ARIZONA EDUCATION TAX CREDIT STUDY - TASK ORDER #1. MISC PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS(2/15/2002 - 6/30/2004).
  • Molnar,Alex J*, Molnar,Alex J*. MASTER AGREEMENT AND ENSUING TASK ORDERS BETWEEN GLC AND ASU. GREAT LAKES CTR(7/15/2001 - 8/31/2011).
  • Molnar,Alex J*, Molnar,Alex J*. THE COMMERCIALISM IN EDUCATION RESEARCH UNIT. CONSUMERS UNION(7/1/2001 - 8/31/2011).
  • Molnar,Alex J*, Molnar,Alex J*. EDUCATION POLICY RESEARCH UNIT (EPRU). NATL EDUCATION ASSN(7/1/2001 - 8/31/2011).
  • Molnar,Alex J*. WEAC SUPPORT FOR THE DIVISION'S EDUCATION AND POLICY STUDIES LABORATORY. WISCONSIN ED. ASSOC. COUNCIL(7/1/2001 - 6/30/2004).
  • Molnar,Alex J*. IMPACT OF VARIOUS FACTORS ON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. PENN STATE ED ASSOC(5/7/2001 - 6/30/2004).
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
DCI 799Dissertation
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
DCI 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
DCI 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
DCI 799Dissertation
Presentations: 
  • Molnar, Alex. Giving Kids the Business: Schools and Commercialism. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), Boston, MA (Oct 2006).
  • Molnar, Alex. Public Intellectuals, the University, and Policy Making. Can Educational Research Contribute to a Democratic Conversation about Schooling?, AERA Annual Meeting, San Franscico, CA (Apr 2006).
  • Molnar, Alex. Selling to Children, Comodifying Schools, and the Emerging Trade in Education. Education, Commercialization, and Private Interest. AERA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (Apr 2006).
  • Molnar, Alex. For Profit K-12 Education: Through the Glass Darkly. American Enterprise Institute for Public Research, Washington DC (Nov 2005).
  • Molnar, Alex. What Parents Want. Arizona School Boards Association Law Conference, Phoenix, AZ (Sep 2005).
  • Molnar, Alex. Top 10 Research Topics Pertinent to Educators. East Valley Think Tank, Tempe, AZ (Mar 2005).
  • Molnar, Alex. National Evaluation and Measurement Meeting on School Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. San Francisco, CA (May 2004).
  • Molnar, Alex. Toxic Classrooms: Marketing to Children in Schools. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Obesity and the Built Environment: Improving Public Health through Community Design Conference, Washington, D.C (May 2004).
  • Molnar, Alex. Writing for Publication. AERA Symposium Panel Presentation. San Diego, CA (Apr 2004).
  • Molnar, Alex. The Structure of the For-Profit Educational Management Industry. AERA Symposium Panel Presentation: Division L: Section 4. San Diego, CA (Apr 2004).
  • Molnar, Alex. There is No Excuse for Marketing to Teens in School. The Society for Adolescent Medicine 2004 Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO (Mar 2004).
  • Molnar, Alex. Analysis of Arizona's Individual Tax Credit. Goldwater Institute, Education Conference: Analyzing Ten Years of School Choice in Arizona, Phoenix, AZ (Jan 2004).
  • Molnar, Alex. Class Size Reduction. ELL Task Force, Paradise Valley, AZ (Jan 2004).
  • Molnar, Alex. Counter Point: It's Never O.K. to Market Junk Food to Children-Especially in School. American School Food Service Association, Child Nutrition Industry Conference, Newport Beach, CA (Jan 2004).
  • Molnar, Alex. Helping to ensure that All Food Choices in Schools are Healthy Choices. Arizona Nutrition Network: Network Partners' Meeting, Phoenix, AZ (Jan 2004).
  • Molnar, Alex. Marketing Junk Food to Children is Wrong, Especially at School. Child Nutrition State Agency Staff and USDA Joint Conference, Phoenix, AZ (Dec 2003).
  • Molnar, Alex. Research Worth Knowing. East Valley Think Tank, Tempe, AZ (Sep 2003).
  • Molnar, Alex. School Commercialism, Student Health, and the Pressure to do More With Less. Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science Symposium, Washington, DC (Jun 2003).
  • Molnar, Alex. School Environments, Community Environments, and Sponsorships & Promotions. California Endowment, San Francisco, CA (Jun 2003).
  • Molnar, Alex. Schools, Marketing, and Children's Health. Prevention Institute and UC Berkeley Center for Weight and Health, Berkeley, CA (Jun 2003).
  • Molnar, Alex. Presentation on school capacity and organizing opportunities. Center for Community Change at the Partnerships for Change meeting, Chicago, IL (Apr 2003).
  • Molnar, Alex. ESEA: How Do We Get There? Teacher Quality - Student Achievement. Maryland State Teachers Association at 2003 MSTA Symposium, Annapolis, MD (Apr 2003).
  • Molnar, Alex. The Commercial Assault on Children and on School Academic Standards. Special Session, at ASCD Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA (Mar 2003).
  • Molnar, Alex. Recruiting, Preparing, and Retaining High Quality Teachers. The State Forum on Teacher Education in Arizona, Phoenix, AZ (Feb 2003).
  • Molnar, Alex. Commercialism in Schools: Student Health and Student Programs-Competing Priorities. American Dietetic Association, Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA (Oct 2002).
  • Molnar, Alex. Improving Education in Arizona: Needed Policy Research. Arizona Educational Research Association annual conference, Tempe, AZ (Oct 2002).
  • Molnar, Alex. Commercialism in Education: Who Wins? Who Loses?. 2002 Spring Series Seminars for Superintendents, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (May 2002).
  • Molnar, Alex. The March Toward For Profit Education Management: A Four Year Overview of Education Management Organizations. AERA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (Apr 2002).
  • Molnar, Alex. Commercializing Childhood: What It Means for Parents and Teachers. Mary G. Low Family Policy Seminar at University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (Mar 2002).
  • Molnar, Alex. Presentation on the research evidence available to support the prominent education reform proposals. annual meeting of research staff members of National Education Association affiliated unions, Savannah, GA (Nov 2001).
  • Molnar, Alex. policy research in action. Arizona Educational Research Association annual conference, Tempe, AZ (Oct 2001).
  • Molnar, Alex. The health impact of commercializing activities in schools. annual conference for school nutritionists sponsored by the Michigan Department of Education, Traverse City, MI (Oct 2001).
  • Molnar, Alex. School Vouchers: The Law, The Research, and the Public Policy Implications. Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media: Teachers College Columbia University (May 2001).
  • Molnar, Alex. The Media and Educational Research: What We Know vs. What the Public Hears. AERA Annual Meeting 2001, Seattle, WA (Apr 2001).
  • Molnar, Alex. Reading Corporate Texts: The Corporate Incursion Into Education and It's Influence on Educational Policy. AERA Annual Meeting 2001, Seattle, WA (Apr 2001).
  • Molnar, Alex. For-Profit Companies in Public Education: How are They Doing?. National Conference of State Legislatures' "Education Finance Seminar: Funding Excellent Schools and Colleges for All Students" conference, Savannah, GA (Feb 2001).
  • Molnar, Alex. The Costs of Class Size Reduction. National Conference of State Legislatures. Savannah, GA (Feb 2001).
  • Molnar, Alex. Effective Reduced Class Size Teaching. Taking Small Classes One Step Further National Invitational Conference, Washington, DC (Dec 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. Commercializing Schools: Implications for Children. Florida Congress of Parents and Teachers Annual Convention, Orlando, FL (Nov 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. A Broad Look at the Many Education Options Today and in the Future. Daytona Beach News-Journal "Education in the Millennium" conference, Daytona Beach, FL (Oct 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. A Broad Look at the Many Education Options Today and in the Future. The Daytona Beach News-Journal "Education in the Millennium" conference, Daytona Beach, FL (Oct 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. Class Size Reduction and School Funding. Montana Conference of Education Leadership, Billings, MT (Oct 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. Keynote address. Wisconsin Federation of Teachers Annual Convention, Oconomowoc, WI (Oct 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. Strengthening Public Education. fourth annual "Summit on the States" conference sponsored by the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA), Washington DC (Oct 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. The Commercialization of Education. The American University Faculty Mellon Presentation, American University, Washington, DC (Sep 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. Promoting K-12 School Environment that Support Adoption of Healthy Eating Behaviors. American Dietetic Association, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO (Sep 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. Keeping the Public in Public Education. Canadian Teachers' Federation Annual General Meeting, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (Jul 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. How and Why Corporations Are Targeting Public Education. British Columbia Teachers' Federation "Public Education - Not for Sale" conference, Vancouver, British Columbia (May 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. Education Policy Conference on National Education Standards. Brookings Institution, Washington, DC (May 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. The Culture of Consumption and the Future of Public Higher Education. College Institute Educators' Association of British Columbia Convention and Annual General Meeting, Whistler, British Columbia (May 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. The Truth About Vouchers. Michigan School Business Officials Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI (May 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. Presentation to the BGB Luncheon Group on educational voucher research. Milwaukee, WI (Apr 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. Privatization and the Future of Teachers Unions. Pennsylvania State Education Association Local Presidents Collective Bargaining Conference (Mar 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. Public Education, Democracy, and the Danger of Market-Based School Reform. Greater Edmonton Teachers Convention Association, Edmonton, Alberta (Mar 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. Growing Trends in Small Class Research and Use. The National Conference on Education, American Association of School Administrators, San Francisco, CA (Mar 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. The Commercial Transformation America's Schools. John Dewey Society Memorial Lecture, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (Mar 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. The Benefits and Costs of Class Size Reduction. Funding Education in the New Century conference, National Conference of State Legislatures, Napa Valley, CA (Feb 2000).
  • Molnar, Alex. Keynote address on educational vouchers. Michigan Education Association's Statewide Bargaining and Public Relations Conference (Feb 2000).
Service: 
  • Commercialism in Education Research Unit (CERU), Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, Founding Director (2001 - Present)
  • Education Policy Research Unit (EPRU), Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, Founding Director (2001 - Present)
  • Education Policy Studies Laboratory (EPSL), Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, Director (2001 - Present)
  • College of Education Operations Committee, Member (2002 - 2005)
  • Presentation to the Arizona Legislature, Phoenix, AZ, Testified on Arizona's Desegregation Funding Mechanism (2004 - 2004)
  • Teacher Quality Forum Planning Committee, Member (2002 - 2003)
  • Presentation to the Sunset Review Committee of the Arizona Legislature, Phoenix, AZ, Testified on Arizona's Desegregation Funding Mechanism (2003 - 2003)
  • Research on Class Size Reduction.California Senate Education Committee. Sacramento, CA, Testimony (2003 - 2003)
  • Education Leadership & Policy Studies Personnel Committee, Member (2001 - 2002)
  • Center for Education Research, Analysis, and Innovation (CERAI), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Founding Director (1998 - 2001)
  • Center for the Analysis of Commercialism in Education (CACE), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Founding Director (1998 - 2001)
  • New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee, Testified on educational vouchers (2000 - 2000)