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Michael J. Feuer to present Nicely Lecture

Michael J. Feuer, dean of George Washington University's Graduate School of Education and Human Development, will speak at this year's Nicely Lecture.

When: May 06, 2014 from 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Where: Nittany Lion Inn, Boardroom 1

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The College of Education is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael J. Feuer as a guest lecturer. His lecture titled "What is Rational About Education Policy" will be held at 3 p.m. May 6 in the Boardroom 1 at the Nittany Lion Inn. The event is open to the public.

Feuer is presenting the Robert F. Nicely and Donna C. Nicely Distinguished Scholar in Education Lecture. Feuer is currently the dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and a Professor of Education at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Before joining GWU in fall 2010, Feuer served as the executive director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education in the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies, where he was responsible for a broad portfolio of studies and other activities aimed at improved economic, social, and education policymaking.

He was the first director of the NRC’s Center for Education and the founding director of the Board on Testing and Assessment. Before joining the NRC in 1993, Feuer was a senior analyst and project director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.

He holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from the Wharton School, and studied public administration at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and political science at the Sorbonne. Feuer grew up in New York City, where he attended public school and graduated cum laude from Queens College (CUNY) with a major in English literature and journalism. While at Queens he was the campus “stringer” for the New York Times and editor of one of the two major student newspapers.

Upon earning his doctorate, Feuer remained at Penn, teaching graduate seminars in education and working at the Higher Education Finance Research Institute, where he specialized in studies of firm-sponsored training. He then joined the faculty of the business school at Drexel University, teaching courses in public policy and management and continuing his research on the economics of human capital.

Feuer was the Burton and Inglis Lecturer at Harvard University in 2004–05, which was the basis for his 2006 book "Moderating the Debate: Rationality and the Promise of American Education." Feuer’s articles and reviews have been published in economics and policy journals, as well as in the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and other newspapers.

The Nicely Lecture is made possible through the Robert F. Nicely, Jr. and Donna C. Nicely Distinguished Scholar in Education endowment, established by Robert and Donna Nicely. This endowment enables the College of Education to bring prominent educational scholars and speakers to University Park to give speeches, meet with faculty, and lead seminars for students.
Dr. Nicely is an associate dean emeritus and professor emeritus in the College of Education. He served on the Dean's Development Council for the Investing in People initiative from 2003 to 2007, and he is a past member of the College of Education Alumni Society Board. Mrs. Nicely also retired from the College of Education, where she was the contracts and proposals specialist.

For more information about the Nicely Lecture, contact Kelly McClure, administrative support coordinator, at

-- by Amanda Dash (April 2014)