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UW’s Kaplan elected to membership in National Academy of Education

March 20, 2015

UW-Madison’s David Kaplan is one of 16 leading researchers and exceptional educators to be recently elected to membership in the National Academy of Education.

Kaplan is the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods and chair of the top-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. He also holds affiliate appointments with UW-Madison’s Department of Population Health Sciences and the Center for Demography and Ecology, and also is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford. His current program of research focuses on the development of Bayesian methods applied to a wide range of education research settings.

David Kaplan
“I am delighted and honored to be elected to the National Academy of Education,” says Kaplan.  “The list of members include my former teachers, as well as mentors and scholars whom I have held in the highest regard throughout my career. To be part of their company is truly a great feeling.”

The National Academy of Education (NAEd) advances high quality education research and its use in policy formation and practice. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, the NAEd consists of 192 U.S. members and 11 foreign associates who are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education.

Nominations are submitted by individual Academy members once a year for review and election by the organization’s membership. In addition to serving on expert study panels that address pressing issues in education, members are also deeply engaged in NAEd’s professional development programs such as the NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program.

“These individuals represent the rich diversity of fields that study education, and we are honored to welcome them to the National Academy of Education,” Michael Feuer,  president of NAEd and dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University, said in a statement about the 16 scholars who were recently elected to membership.

In addition to Kaplan, others being elected to membership this past week include:

• Stephen Ceci, Cornell University

• Charles Clotfelter, Duke University

• Patricia Gandara, University of California, Los Angeles

• Sandra Graham, University of California, Los Angeles

• David Kirp, University of California, Berkeley

• Richard Lehrer, Vanderbilt University

• Pamela Ann Moss, University of Michigan

• Sonia Nieto, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

• Alejandro Portes, Princeton University

• Sophia Rabe-Hesketh, University of California, Berkeley

• Leona Schauble, Vanderbilt University

• Barbara Schneider, Michigan State University

• Marta Tienda, Princeton University

• Noreen Webb, University of California, Los Angeles

• Sam Wineburg, Stanford University

These newest members will be honored at a special ceremony during the 2015 NAEd Annual meeting Nov. 12-14 in Washington, D.C.