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Gerald LeTendre Named Department Head of Education Policy Studies

Article about Gerry LeTendre's appointment as EPS department head.

By Nicole Gallo (January 2008)

Gerald LeTendre, professor of education and international affairs, has been appointed department head of Education Policy Studies in Penn State’s College of Education.

LeTendre.jpg LeTendre’s appointment began on Jan. 1, 2008. He succeeds former department head Jacqueline Stefkovich, who has been named associate dean for graduate studies, research, and faculty development in the College of Education.

LeTendre holds a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University, an M.A. in Sociology from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University. His areas of expertise include teacher work roles, comparative education, and young adolescents and schools. His published works include Learning to be Adolescent: Growing Up in U.S. and Japanese Middle Schools (Yale University Press) and National Differences, Global Similarities (Stanford University Press), with co-author David Baker

Previously, LeTendre worked as a senior researcher on a three-year joint National Science Foundation/Fund for the Improvement of Education Grant, which supports analysis of the Third International Math-Science Study. He has been a senior Fulbright Scholar in Germany, and serves on the Faculty Governing Council for the School of International Affairs.   

LeTendre has been the recipient of many honors and awards such as the Japan Foundation Fellowship for his dissertation work, a Johann Jacobs Young Scholar Award, and a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral fellowship.