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Edmund Gordon

Professional Background

Educational Background

Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at Howard University.

Bachelor of Divinity degree in Social Ethics from Howard's Graduate School of Divinity.

Master of Arts degree in Social Psychology from the American University

Doctor of Education degree in Child Development and Guidance from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Masters of Arts degree (honorary) from Yale University, the Doctor of Humane Letters degree (honorary) from Yeshiva University, from Brown University, from Bank Street College and the Doctor of Science degree (honorary) from Mount Holyoke College. Teachers College Medal for Distinguished service to Education by Columbia University (1993), Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Howard University (1998).

Scholarly Interests

Professor Gordon is concerned with issues associated with increasing the number of high academic achieving students who come from African American, Latino, and Native American families. He is widely known for his research on diverse human characteristics and pedagogy, and the education of low status populations. He is interested in the career development of Black men who have overcome enormous odds against success to become high achievers. Recent research interests include the advancement of his concepts of "affirmative development of academic ability" and "supplementary education" both which focus on improving the quality of academic achievement in diverse learners. His current study group on the Correlates of High Academic Achievement is investigating, through several projects, personal, ecological, and institutional factors that are associated high levels of academic achievement in a variety of ethnic minority students.

Selected Publications

biographical information

Edmund W. Gordon is the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at Yale University, Richard March Hoe Professor, Emeritus of Psychology and Education and Director of the Institute of Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University. From July 2000 until August, 2001 he was Vice President of Academic Affairs and Interim Dean at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Professor Gordon's distinguished career spans professional practice, scholarly life as a minister, clinical and counseling psychologist, research scientist, author, editor, and professor. He held appointments at several of the nation?s leading universities including Howard, Yeshiva, Columbia, City University of New York, Yale, and the Educational Testing Service. He has served as visiting professor at City College of New York and Harvard. Currently, Professor Gordon is the Senior Scholar and Advisor to the President of the College Board where he developed and co-chaired the Taskforce on Minority High Achievement.

Dr. Gordon completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at Howard University. He also earned the Bachelor of Divinity degree in Social Ethics from Howard's Graduate School of Divinity. He obtained the Master of Arts degree in Social Psychology from the American University and the Doctor of Education degree in Child Development and Guidance from Teachers College, Columbia University. Professor Gordon has been awarded the Masters of Arts degree (honorary) from Yale University, the Doctor of Humane Letters degree (honorary) from Yeshiva University, from Brown University, from Bank Street College and the Doctor of Science degree (honorary) from Mount Holyoke College. In May 1993 he was awarded the Teachers College Medal for Distinguished service to Education by Columbia University, and in May 1998 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Howard University.

Professor Gordon has been recognized as a preeminent member of his discipline and his profession. He holds the honor of having been elected as Fellow of various prestigious associations including the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and Fellow Life Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science among many others. In 1968, Professor Gordon was elected membership in the National Academy of Education.

Dr. Gordon's prolific scholarship is documented in his authorship of more than 175 articles in scholarly journals and book chapters, and in 15 books and monographs authored or edited by him.

publications

Centers and Projects

Assessment and Evaluation Research Initiative
Website: http://www.tc.edu/aeri


Institute for Urban and Minority Education
Website: http://iume.tc.columbia.edu/


The Campaign for Educational Equity
Website: http://www.tc.edu/equitycampaign


Edmund Gordon appeared in the following articles:

ETS Tracks Causes of Scoring Gaps (5/13/2009)

Thinking Big About How to Close the Gap (11/25/2008 3:49:00 PM)

Storyteller delights crowd at African festival (7/15/2007)

Doing Good Research that Makes an Impact (2/26/2007)

Rockland inducts four into Civil Rights Hall of Fame (12/8/2006)

Only the Bathwater -- Or the Baby, Too? (11/21/2006)

Equity Symposium to Focus on NCLB at Midpoint (11/6/2006)

Looking Back At Brown v Board, Not In Anger But With Concern (6/13/2006)

Fulfilling America's Promise for Blacks (5/28/2006)

A Campus for a Pioneer (4/13/2006)

Institute for Student Achievement Celebrates Honorees (4/6/2006)

Walking The Talk In Harlem (2/23/2006)

Claude Steele to Address Issues of Stereotypes and Student Achievement (10/25/2005)

The End of an Era (10/11/2005 11:28:00 AM)

Research in 2004 (5/27/2005)

Black Parents Tackle Student Gap (3/28/2005)

Institute Focuses on Helping Harlem Parents (3/28/2005)

TC Embraces Gordon's Vision of Supplementary Education (3/28/2005)

Economic Equality May Help Close Achievement Gap (2/23/2005)

People in the News (11/14/2004)

Strategies for Narrowing the Achievement Gap (10/17/2004)

A Tough Assignment (9/17/2004)

A Symbol of Change (6/1/2004)

Teachers College Honors Desegregation Groundbreaker Ruby Bridges Hall (4/30/2004)

ETS Creates Edmund W. Gordon Chair for Policy Evaluation and Research (3/30/2004)

The Mellon Visiting Minority Scholars Program at Teachers College (8/1/2003)

In the Spotlight: Edmund W. Gordon and the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (3/10/2003)

In the Spotlight: Edmund W. Gordon and the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (3/1/2003)

Edmund Gordon Profiled in the New York Times (1/8/2003)

Mellon Minority Fellow Speaks to Black-White Achievement Gap (1/1/2003)

Perspectives on Culture, Ethnicity, and Pedagogy at IUME (1/1/2003)

The Mellon Visiting Minority Scholars Program at Teachers College (10/1/2002)

Two Diversity Fellows in Counseling and Technology Selected to Create New Realities (11/1/2001)

Carrol Grady Remembered (6/1/2001)

Gordon Ends Tenure as Interim Dean with Address to Faculty (6/1/2001)

TC Graduates Celebrate at Master's and Doctoral Convocation Ceremonies (6/1/2001)

Zumwalt Leaves Dean's Post: Search for New Dean Begins (1/1/2001)

A Marriage Made in Cyberspace (10/1/2000)

State of the College: A Time of Transition (10/1/2000)

At Schools, Race Gap Widens Again (9/19/2000)

Teachers College: A Leader in Educating Leaders (1/1/2000)

Looking back and looking ahead: Founders Day (11/1/1999)

State of the College: 8 steps to the future (9/1/1999)