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LeTendre Appointed to Second Term as EPS Department Head

Gerry has been reappointed as the department head of Education Policy Studies in the College, extending his leadership role through 2014.

LeTendre.jpgby Joe Savrock (April 2011)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Gerald K. LeTendre, professor of educational theory and policy, has been reappointed as the department head of Education Policy Studies in the College of Education.

LeTendre begins his second term as department head on July 1. His reappointment extends his leadership role through July 1, 2014.

“Dr. LeTendre has been doing an outstanding job as the department head for Education Policy Studies, and I am delighted that he is willing to continue in the role,” said Dean David H. Monk. “Support for Dr. LeTendre’s reappointment within and beyond the department was broad and enthusiastic. We are very fortunate to have the benefit of his leadership.”

LeTendre has extensive experience with cross-national multi-methods studies of education. He worked on both The Third International Math-Science Study (TIMSS) and the Civic Education Project of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, looking at issues of achievement and socialization among early adolescents. He has been a consultant to the Board on International and Comparative Education of the National Research Council.

Along with Motoko Akiba '01 Ph.D., now a faculty member at the University of Missouri–Columbia, LeTendre is co-author of the 2009 book Improving Teacher Quality: The U.S. Teaching Force in Global Context, which uses data from 15 countries to examine teacher quality, work norms, and professional learning opportunities.

He serves as editor of the American Journal of Education. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Bremen in Germany. He has also been the recipient of a Japan Foundation Fellowship, a Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, and a Johann Jacobs Young Scholar Award.