Richard Ingersoll Named Board of Overseers Professor of Education

November 14, 2012 - Penn GSE has named Dr. Richard Ingersoll as a Board of Overseers Professor of Education. Dr. Ingersoll joined Penn GSE in 2000 and holds a secondary appointment in Penn’s Department of Sociology.

Dr. Ingersoll has rapidly established himself as the nation’s premier expert on teacher supply, demand, and retention, and has published more than 100 articles, reports, chapters, and essays on teaching as a profession. President Clinton cited Dr. Ingersoll’s research in a number of speeches announcing teacher recruitment and training initiatives. His work influenced the No Child Left Behind Act and has been released in major reports by such prominent organizations as the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, the Education Trust, the Alliance for Excellence in Education, the National Governors' Association, and President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Dr. Ingersoll frequently briefs local, state and federal legislators and has been invited to present his research before many policy groups, including the Aspen Institute's Education Policy Program for Members of Congress, the Congressional Hearings on Teacher Preparation Initiatives held by the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Education and the Workforce, the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century chaired by Senator John Glenn, and education reform commissions in many states.

Dr. Ingersoll has received many awards, including the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Georgia; the Harry Braverman Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems for his work on organizational control and accountability in schools; the National Award of Distinction from the Penn Education Alumni Association; the Outstanding Writing Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education for his book Who Controls Teachers’ Work? Power and Accountability in America’s Schools, published by Harvard University Press; and the 2011 Outstanding Researcher Award from the Association of Teacher Educators. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association in 2009.


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