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Dr. Gerald LeTendre

H.L. Batschelet Chair of Education (EDLDR)

Phone: 814-863-3771

310G Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Education Policy Studies


  • Educational Leadership Program
  • Comparative and International Education


Dr. Gerald K. LeTendre is the Harry Lawrence Batschelet II Chair of Educational Administration for the College of Education at Penn State and co-editor of The American Journal of Education. He received his B.A. (magna cum laude) in sociology from Harvard University and was awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship for fieldwork among Tibetan refugees. He completed his graduate work at Stanford University, receiving his Master's (sociology) and Ph.D. (education). He has been the recipient of a Japan Foundation Fellowship, a Johann Jacobs Young Scholar Award, and a Spencer Post-doctoral Fellowship. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Bremen in Germany (2003-2004) and a Fulbright Research Scholar at Sophia University in Tokyo (2016).


Dr. LeTendre has published on a broad range of topics in comparative and international education; his books include Learning to be Adolescent (Yale University Press), Improving Teacher Quality (Teachers College Press, co-authored with Motoko Akiba), Promoting and Sustaining a Quality Teacher Workforce (Emerald, co-edited with Alex Wiseman), and most recently The International Handbook of Teacher Quality and Policy (Routledge, co-edited with Motoko Akiba).


His current research focuses on how information and communication technology (ICT) -- specifically social robots -- is changing teacher work roles and professional development worldwide.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels

Early Childhood


Education Access


Classroom Assistive Technology
Computer Technology
Video/Visual Technology

Education Levels

Adult Education
Middle School/Junior High

Education Types

Distance Ed
Private Ed
Public Ed

Educational Studies

Comparative Ed
Educational Theory
International Ed

Individual Difference

Conceptual Change
Learning Processes

Leadership Preparation

Educational Leadership
Teacher Prep

Methodological Research

Policy Analysis
Qualitative Research

Social Issues

Comparative and International Education
Education Policy

Teacher Preparation

Professional Development
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