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Dr. David L. Passmore

Dr. David L. Passmore
Phone: 8148632583
Office Address:
305D Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802-1303
Campus: University Park


Distinguished Professor of Education (Workforce Education and Development)


Learning and Performance Systems


Workforce Education and Development

Other Penn State Affiliations

He was Co-Chair of the Penn State Commission for Women, one of three equity commissions appointed by Penn State's president, for 2014-2015. Since 1979, Passmore has held positions at Penn State as University-wide Director of the Office for the Protection of Human Subjects, Faculty Fellow and Director of the Multimedia Technology Group for the Center for Academic Computing, and Director of the Institute for Research in Training and Development. He has held faculty appointments as Professor of Mineral Engineering Management and Professor of Adult Education. In addition, Passmore has served as Senior Scientist in the Institute for Policy Evaluation and Research. Faculty Associate of the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and Director of the Institute for Research in Training and Development.


David Passmore is Distinguished Professor of Education in the Workforce Education and Development academic program at Penn State. 

For six years, Passmore’s monthly column, Economic & Workforce Brief, with Rose Baker was published in Pennsylvania Business Central, a business newspaper published in 19 counties in Pennsylvania. With Rose Baker, he was co-editor of the International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education. He was Editor of the Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, Statistical Editor of Human Resource Development Quarterly, Associate Editor of International Journal of Distance Education Technology, editorial board member of The International Review of Research on Open and Distance Learning, member of the International Board for Internet & Higher Education, editor of the Computer Applications Section of Accident Analysis and Prevention, member of the Board of Editors for the Journal of Technology Studies, Book Review Editor for School Review, and occasional reviewer for Asia Pacific Education Review, Economics and Finance, American Educational Research Journal, American Journal of Public Health, Geographic Analysis, Journal of Educational Computing, Journal of Occupational Accidents, Journal of Studies in Technical Careers, Journal of Vocational Education Research, Food & Agriculture, Journal of Vocational Home Economics, Psychological Bulletin, Medicine, and Volta Review.

Passmore has provided consulting services to a variety of corporate and government clients, including PECO Energy, Johns–Manville, Esso–Interamerica, Joy Manufacturing Technologies, Lord Corporation, E–Systems, Woolrich Inc., Liquid Carbonic, CIGNA HealthCare, National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Campbell Communications, American Council on Education, Research for Better Schools, John F. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, Special Olympics, and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. He is the author of over 500 publications and presentations, received 16 awards for his research, writing, and service, and was project director or associate on sponsored projects totaling $7 million.

Passmore has held faculty appointments at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, University of Northern Iowa, the University of Texas at Tyler, St. John Fisher College, the University of Minnesota, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Bowling Green State University.

Passmore’s personal website is and his detailed curriculum vitae is available as an Adobe PDF file at:

Areas of Expertise

Methodological Research

Quantitative Research

Office Hours

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Education History

Passmore earned academic degrees from State University College of New York at Buffalo (BS, 1969), Bowling Green State University (MEd, 1970), and University of Minnesota (PhD, 1973).

Activities and Honors

Named Distinguished Professor of Education by Penn State in March 2014.

Appointed by the Harvard Board of Overseers as Visiting Scholar in Maternal and Child Health in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts; in residence during 1988–89 academic year

"Lifetime Achievement Award" from University Council on Workforce and Human Resource Education for “significant contributions throughout their career to research, practice, theory, and policy of workforce and human resource education,” June 2018.

Chapters contributed with R.M. Baker (“Sampling strategies and power analysis) and T. Chermack (“Using research journals and data bases”) to Research in Organizations: Foundations and Methods of Inquiry: Foundations and methods of inquiry. (R.A. Swanson & E.F. Holton III, editors, San Francisco: Berrett–Koehler, 2005) which won “2005 Outstanding Book of the Year Award from the Academy of Human Resource Development”

“University Council Visiting Scholar for 1996–97” awarded by the University Council for Workforce Education & Development for “outstanding contributions as a scholar in the field of vocational and technical education,” 1996

“Outstanding Graduate of the College of Technology” at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. Awarded at University commencement exercise, 1995

“Leo D. Doherty Award” from the Northeastern Educational Research Association for “outstanding leadership and service,” 1993

“Silver Anniversary Award” from Center on Education and Training for Employment at The Ohio State University for “outstanding contributions to the field of education and training for employment,” 1990

“Service Recognition Award” from the National Association of Industrial and Technical Teacher Educators for service as Editor of the Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 1984–1986.

“Distinguished Paper for 1987” awarded by the Northeastern Educational Research Association, 1987

“Outstanding Service Award” by National Association of Industrial and Technical Teacher Educators, 1986

“Distinguished Scholar for 1986” Invitational Theory–to–Practice Symposium sponsored by the American Society for Training and Development in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1986

“Outstanding Scholarly Publication Award” presented by Technology Teacher Education Council and Harold Silvius Foundation, 1986

“Outstanding Researcher for 1982” presented by the National Association of Industrial and Technical Teacher Educators, 1982

“Outstanding Research Manuscript” in the Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 1982

“Outstanding Research Paper for 1981” presented by the American Vocational Education Research Association

“Outstanding Conceptual Manuscript” in the Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 1981

U.S. Office of Education Research Fellowship in doctoral fellowship program, “Preparing Researchers in Vocational Education,” 1970–1973