LAWRENCE – Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the University of Kansas, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Education (NAEd). The academy consists of U.S. members and international associates who are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education.
“It is a great honor to be elected into the National Academy of Education,” Zhao said. “I am proud to be a faculty member at KU, and I am grateful for all the support I have received from the leadership team and my colleagues.”
Zhao previously served as the presidential chair and director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education at the University of Oregon, where he was also a professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy and Leadership. Zhao’s work focuses on the implications of globalization and technology on education. More information on Zhao can be found here.
“Zhao is among the most prominent educational scholars in the world,” said Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education. “This recognition for his impactful contributions to school policy and practice across the globe is long overdue.”
Founded in 1965, the mission of NAEd is to advance high-quality research to improve education policy and practice. NAEd convenes annually for papers, symposia and informal conversation. It sponsors committee studies, publishes reports and administers the NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral and Dissertation Fellowship Programs. Members are involved in activities including serving on committees, attending meetings and representing the academy at research or dissemination events. More information about NAEd can be found here.
The next gathering of NAEd members will take place at the virtual AERA Annual Meeting on April 20. The 2020 Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Education will take place Nov. 6-7 in Washington, D.C. That meeting will also include an induction ceremony for new members.
The KU School of Education is a nationally ranked school, preparing educators and health/sport/exercise professionals as leaders. The school is in the process of changing its name to the School of Education & Human Sciences, effective fall 2020. More information on the name change can be found here.