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David Chard, Ph.D.
President of Wheelock College

David J. Chard, Ph.D., became Wheelock College's 14th President on July 1, 2016. He was previously Dean of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University (SMU), where he created a strategic vision focused on undergraduate and graduate programs built on evidence-based practices.

Among his accomplishments at SMU were developing a qualified and diverse faculty, strengthening interdisciplinary collaborations, building new academic programs and fostering a positive culture. During his 10-year tenure, the Simmons School grew to include five departments with an operating budget of over $25 million and more than $60 million was raised in support of the school and its mission.

Dr. Chard holds a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Oregon and a B.S. degree in mathematics and chemistry education from Central Michigan University. He has held faculty positions at Boston University, the University of Texas at Austin and served as associate dean in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. At Oregon, he oversaw curriculum and academic programs in the College of Education. He also was a California public school teacher and a Peace Corps educator in Lesotho, Africa.

Dr. Chard has published more than 100 articles, monographs, book chapters, and books. He is a member of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, and has served in leadership roles in numerous professional organizations. Prior to his becoming dean, Dr. Chard was an active researcher focused on studying instructional practices that are most effective at meeting the needs of students with learning disabilities. He has directed or co-directed grants and contracts totaling more than $15.5 million.

He is the author of numerous instructional programs on early literacy, language arts, and mathematics spanning K–12 education and has been a classroom teacher in California, Michigan, and in the U. S. Peace Corps in Lesotho in southern Africa.

A frequent presenter at national and international education conferences, Dr. Chard has taught courses on behavior management, special education reading and writing, learning disabilities, and special education law. He has served on more than 30 doctoral dissertation committees in special education, communication disorders and sciences, literacy and language, school psychology, and cognitive psychology.

In October of 2011, Dr. Chard was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences (NBES). He was confirmed in 2012 by the U.S. Senate and was elected chair of the board in 2013. President Obama has reappointed Dr. Chard to his second term to the NBES in 2016.

Michael Feuer, Ph.D.
Michael Feuer is Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and Professor of Education Policy at The George Washington University, and President of the National Academy of Education. Before coming to GW, for the previous 17 years Feuer held positions at the National Research Council of the National Academies, most recently as the executive director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Prior to joining the NRC he was a senior analyst and project director at the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment. Feuer received his BA (cum laude) in English literature from Queens College (CUNY), an MA in public management from the Wharton School, and a PhD in public policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania. He has studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Sorbonne, was on the faculty of the business school at Drexel University from 1981–1986, and has taught courses in education policy and research at Penn and Georgetown. Feuer consults regularly to educational institutions and government in the US, Israel, Europe, and the Middle East. He has published in education, economics, philosophy, and policy journals and has had reviews, essays, and poems in newspapers and magazines in Washington, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New York. Feuer is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Educational Research Association, and a member of the advisory board of the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE). In 2014 President Obama appointed Dean Feuer to the National Board of Education Sciences.

Larry Hedges, Ph.D.
Board of Trustees Professors, Northwestern University

A national leader in the fields of educational statistics and evaluation, Larry V. Hedges joined the Northwestern faculty in 2005. He is one of eight Board of Trustees Professors at Northwestern, the university's most distinguished academic position. He holds appointments in statistics, psychology, and education and social policy. Previously, he was the Stella M. Rowley Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago.

Hedges' research straddles many fields—in particular those of sociology, psychology, and educational policy. He is best known for his work to develop statistical methods for meta-analysis (a statistical analysis of the results of multiple studies that combines their findings) in the social, medical, and biological sciences. It is a key component of evidence-based social research. Examples of some his recent studies include: understanding the costs of generating systematic reviews, differences between boys and girls in mental test scores, the black-white gap in achievement test scores, and frameworks for international comparative studies on education.

Widely published, he has authored or co-authored numerous journal articles and eight books, including the seminal Statistical Methods for Meta-Analysis (with I. Olkin, Elsevier, 1985) and The Handbook of Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis (with H. Cooper and J. Valentine, Russell Sage, 2009).

He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Statistical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Educational Research Association. He is a member of the National Education Sciences Board and was president of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, which he helped found. He was nominated by President Barack Obama to the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June 2012. He was elected "Statistician of the Year" by the Chicago chapter of the American Statistical Association for 2013–14. Dr. Hedges has been reappointed to NBES until November 2019. Dr. Hedges was elected as Chair of NBES on November 8, 2016.

Jeannie Oakes, Ph.D.
Presidential Professor Emeritus in Educational Equity at UCLA

Jeannie Oakes is Presidential Professor Emeritus in Educational Equity at UCLA, where she founded UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access and the University of California's All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity.  She is also Senior Fellow in Residence at the Learning Policy Institute.  From 2008–2014, she served as the Ford Foundation's Director of Educational Opportunity and Scholarship programs worldwide.   Oakes' research examines the effect of social policies on the education of low-income students of color, and it investigates equity-minded reform.   Oakes' books include Keeping Track: How Schools Structure Inequality (first edition published in 1985 and second edition in 2005), Becoming Good American Schools: The Struggle for Civic Virtue in Education Reform (with UCLA colleagues), and Learning Power: Organizing for Education and Justice (with UCLA colleagues).  She has received four major awards from the American Educational Research Association (Early Career, Outstanding Research Article, Outstanding Book, and Social Justice in Education Research), and holds the Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Educational Research Association; the Multicultural Research Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association of America, the World Cultural Council's Jose Vasconcelos Award in Education, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Ralph David Abernathy Award for Public Service.  Oakes served as President of the American Educational Research Association during its 2016 Centennial Year.  Dr. Oakes was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Board for Education Sciences until November 28, 2019.


Deborah A. Phillips, Ph.D.
Deborah Phillips is Professor of Psychology and Associated Faculty in the Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University. She was the first Executive Director of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine and served as Study Director for the Board's report: From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Child Development. She has also served as President of the Foundation for Child Development, Director of Child Care Information Services at the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and Congressional Science Fellow (Society for Research in Child Development) on the staff of Congressman George Miller. Her research focuses on the developmental effects of early childhood programs for both typically developing children and those with special needs, including research on child care, Head Start, and pre-Kindergarten programs. Her most recent work has involved evaluating the Tulsa, OK school-based preschool program, including impacts on children with special needs and an 8th grade follow-up, and designing a preschool intervention that integrates a focus on self-regulation and early math development. An additional line of research examines the adult work environment of early childhood care and education settings as it affects the stability and quality of care for children. Dr. Phillips currently serves on the National Board for Education Sciences for the U.S. Department of Education. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Eastern Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society. In 2011, she received the Distinguished Contributions to Education in Child Development Award from the Society for Research in Child Development.

Judith D. Singer, Ph.D.
James Bryant Conant Professor of Education and Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Harvard University

Judith D. Singer is the James Bryant Conant Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Harvard University. An internationally renowned statistician and social scientist, Singer's scholarly interests focus on improving the quantitative methods used in social, educational, and behavioral research. She is primarily known for her contributions to the practice of multilevel modeling, survival analysis, and individual growth modeling, and to making these and other statistical methods accessible to empirical researchers. Singer's wide-ranging interests have led her to publish across a broad array of disciplines, including statistics, education, psychology, medicine, and public health. In addition to writing and co-writing nearly 100 papers and book chapters, she has also co-written three books: By Design: Planning Better Research in Higher Education, Who Will Teach: Policies that Matter, and Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis: Modeling Change and Event Occurrence, which, when published, received Honorable Mention from the American Publishers Association for the best Mathematics & Statistics book of the year. Singer has received numerous awards for her work, including a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and election to the National Academy of Education. She is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Educational Research Association and a member of the founding board of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness. She received her B.A. in Mathematics, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany in 1976 and her Ph.D. in Statistics from Harvard University in 1983.