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Lee Shulman to be Honorary Degree Recipient and Speaker at Commencement

University Park, PA. - Lee S. Shulman, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, will speak at the College of Education commencement ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on May 17 in Eisenhower Auditorium. He will also receive an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters at that time from Penn State.

Shulman has had a long and distinguished career as an educator. He spoke informally of his philosophy on the necessary complexities that make up education in a nationally-broadcast essay on This I Believe, on National Public Radio (NPR). You can read or listen to his essay on the NPR Web site

Shulman is the eighth president of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He is the first Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus and professor of psychology emeritus (by courtesy) at Stanford University. From 1963 to 1982, he served as professor of educational psychology and medical education at Michigan State University, where he founded and co-directed the Institute for Research on Teaching (IRT).

Shulman is past president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and received its career award for Distinguished Contributions to Educational Research. He is a member of the National Academy of Education, having acted as both vice president and president. He is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s 1995 E.L. Thorndike Award for Distinguished Psychological Contributions to Education, a fellow of both the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and has been awarded the 2006 Grawemeyer Prize in Education.

In 2004, Shulman’s collected writings on teacher education and higher education were published by Jossey-Bass Inc., in two volumes, The Wisdom of Practice and Teaching as Community Property. He is one of the authors of Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law (Carnegie/Jossey Bass, 2007). His research has dealt with the quality of teaching and teacher education; knowledge growth among those learning to teach; the assessment of teaching; medical education; the psychology of instruction in science, mathematics and medicine; the logic of educational research; and the quality of teaching in higher education. His most recent studies emphasize the central role of a “scholarship of teaching” in supporting needed changes in the cultures of higher education, and the function and features of signature pedagogies in professional education.