Thomas Guskey, Distinguished Service Professor at Georgetown College, has been named Kentucky’s first Education Research Fellow by the American Educational Research Association. The award recognizes educators who have made sustained, outstanding contributions to education research that are nationally and internationally recognized.

“This is probably the premier education honor in the world…and sort of a career award,” said Guskey, who was selected in only the second year the Association has named Fellows. This new honor is perhaps more special because one must be nominated by previous Fellows. Guskey was nominated by Edward Haertel, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at Stanford University, and David Johnson, Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota.

Guskey, one of only 45 Fellows named this year from around the world, will be recognized at the AERA conference in San Diego in April. He will make two presentations: “Bound by Tradition: Teachers Views on Grading and Reporting Issues” and “Grading and Reporting in a Standards-Based Environment: Implications for Students with Special Needs.”

Guskey, the keynote speaker at the 2008 Phi Delta Kappa Summit on High-Performing Educators, is featured in the February issue of Phi Delta Kappan magazine. Read what he has to say about “What Makes a Great Teacher.

The author/editor of 15 books and more than 200 book chapters, articles, and professional papers, Guskey served on the faculty of the University of Kentucky before moving to Georgetown College in 2007. As Distinguished Service Professor he is primarily a guest lecturer. He also co-directs (with Dr. Ben Oldham) Georgetown College’s Center for the Advanced Study of Educational Assessment. Before coming to Kentucky he was director of research and development for the Chicago Public Schools and also served as the first director of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning, a national research center.

Guskey has won numerous awards for his work. Twice he has won the National Staff Development Council’s “Book of the Year Award” and in 2006 received American Educational Research Association’s highest award for relating research to practice. He served on the Policy Research Team of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future and on the Task Force to develop the National Standards for Staff Development. He also has been featured on the National Public Radio programs “Talk of the Nation” and “Morning Edition.”

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The American Educational Research Association is committed to excellence in research, and the Fellows Program is intended to recognize AERA members who have made sustained, outstanding contributions to education research that are nationally and internationally recognized. The Fellows Program seeks to be inclusive of the full range of scholars and scholarship in education research. Nominees for Fellow status must be AERA members. Fellow status typically will be awarded for a person’s scientific or scholarly contributions, but it also may be awarded for exceptional contributions to the field through the development of research opportunities and settings. Candidates will normally be considered after at least 10–15 years of postdoctoral contribution. Individuals selected to receive the distinction of Fellow will be notified by the Fellows Program Committee and invited to participate in a ceremony at the AERA Annual Meeting that will recognize their significant contributions to the field. It is anticipated that Fellows will contribute to the continued advancement of the field through research, leadership roles, and mentoring of new scholars