Noted Stanford Researcher To Head Carnegie Foundation

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Lee S. Shulman will be the new president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, filling the vacancy created by the death last year of Ernest L. Boyer. The foundation was scheduled to announce the appointment this week.

Mr. Shulman, the Charles E. Ducommun professor of education at Stanford University, is widely known for his research on teaching and teacher education.

In the 1980s, he led a five-year program financed by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to design and test new strategies for evaluating the performance of teachers. Those efforts formed the basis for the portfolio-based assessments now used by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in considering teachers for national certification.

His recent research has focused on the role of teaching in universities and colleges.

Mr. Shulman will assume the presidency in August, after the end of the academic year. He succeeds Mr. Boyer, one of the nation's premier education scholars, who died last December. Interim President Charles E. Glassick will continue to head the Princeton, N.J.-based foundation until then. ("Carnegie Launches Search for Boyer Successor," Jan. 10, 1996.)

In an interview last week, Mr. Shulman said he was committed to continuing the foundation's work on university scholarship and the re-examination of the role of professors.

He also said he was interested in exploring the transition between high school and college. "I think the foundation is in a unique position not only to study that but to begin to leverage it," he said.

'A New Era'

The foundation, established in 1905, is an independent policy center devoted to strengthening America's schools and colleges.

In August, it is scheduled to move from Princeton to Palo Alto, Calif., where Mr. Shulman lives. The foundation was based on the West Coast during the 1970s.

Mr. Shulman is a "distinguished educator who has the knowledge, creativity, and energy to lead the foundation into a new era of service to the academic community and the nation as well," said Stanley O. Ikenberry, the chairman of the foundation's board.

He received all three of his academic degrees from the University of Chicago, including a master's and doctorate in education in 1963.

He was the president of the National Academy of Education from 1989 to 1993 and is a former president of the American Educational Research Association.

Vol. 16, Issue 08

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