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National Academy of Education Expands Members' Diversity

With the announcement of 11 new members, the National Academy of Education is making good on a pledge to bring in top education researchers from a more diverse array of racial and ethnic backgrounds and disciplines. 

"It is my pleasure to welcome these leaders who represent the rich diversity of fields that study education," said Michael Feuer, president of the academy and dean of George Washington University's graduate school of education and human development, in a statement.

The academy, which includes 199 American members and 11 international associates, chooses new members annually based on education scholarship. Here are the 2016 members:

  • Ron Astor, a professor of school behavioral health and social work at the University of Southern California;
  • Joan Herman, a co-director emeritus of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing at the University of California, Berkeley; 
  • Glynda Hull, the chair of undergraduate education at the University of California, Berkeley;
  • Deanna Kuhn, an education psychology professor at Teachers College, Columbia University;
  • K. Tsianina Lomawaima, a professor of justice and social inquiry, and distinguished scholar of indigenous education at the Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University;
  • Henrietta Mann, the founding president of the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribal College and the first chair (now emeritus) of Native American Studies at Montana State University, Bozeman;
  • Russell Rumberger, an education professor and director of the California Dropout Research Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara;
  • Anna Sfard, a professor and the head of the mathematics education program at the University of Haifa in Israel;
  • Carola Suárez-Orozco, an education professor and co-director of the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at the University of California, Los Angeles;
  • William Tate IV, the dean of the graduate school of arts and sciences at Washington University in St. Louis; and 
  • Carol Camp Yeakey, an education professor and founding director of the Center on Urban Research and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Louis.

Seeking more research relevance

At a 50th anniversary meeting in November, Feuer and other members noted the need to broaden the group's mostly older and white membership, as well as make the National Academy of Education's focus more relevant to education policymakers.


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