Carola Suárez-Orozco and Joan Herman Elected to National Academy of Education

UCLA Education leads with two out of 11 new members selected to the Academy.

Carola Suárez-Orozco, UCLA professor of education and co-director of the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education and Joan Herman, co-director emerita of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, & Student Testing (CRESST), have been selected for membership in the National Academy of Education (NAEd). Dr. Herman and Professor Suárez-Orozco will be honored at the NAEd annual meeting, to be held March 16-18 in Washington D.C.

“For the second year in a row, UCLA Ed & IS leads the world in faculty elected to the world’s premier education Academy – with two of 11 scholars selected,“ says Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. “The election of Joan Herman and Carola Suárez-Orozco, two giants in their respective fields, is yet another reminder of our standing in the world of education research and practice. The entire UCLA Ed & IS community salutes our colleagues in this authentic honorific recognition of their work. Brava, Brava!”

“Congratulations to my extraordinarily accomplished colleagues,” says Professor Louis Gomez, chair of UCLA Education, who was selected to NAEd in 2013. “Over the years, their work has improved the lives of many, many learners. I am proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The National Academy of Education advances high quality education research and its use in policy formation and practice. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, the NAEd consists of 199 U.S. members and 11 foreign associates who are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education. Nominations are submitted by individual Academy members once a year for review and election by the organization’s membership. In addition to serving on expert study panels that address pressing issues in education, members are also deeply engaged in NAEd’s professional development programs such as the NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program.

“I am deeply moved and honored that esteemed colleagues in our field think that the work that I have been doing is of excellence and has implications for educational practice and policy,” says Carola Suárez-Orozco. “I have always pursued the issues and questions that I have thought to be engaging and pressing. What seemed so 20 years ago, is ever more so today; I am delighted that UCLA is a place that allows me to work with the next generation of emerging scholars who will delve still further in responding to these concerns.”

Dr. Carola Suárez-Orozco chairs the Research & Inquiry Committee for the conference. committee to
Professor of Education Carola Suárez-Orozco co-directs the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at UCLA.

“It’s an incredible honor to be joining the National Academy of Education, and I am thrilled to be recognized for my contributions to the field,” says Herman. “I am deeply grateful to UCLA and particularly my colleagues at CRESST, for their support over these many years. I’m lucky to be part of such a stimulating, rich and energizing community that has provided me so much opportunity.”

Carola Suárez-Orozco is a professor of Human Development and Psychology at UCLA Ed & IS. A prolific writer, she has examined numerous areas related to immigration including cultural psychology, immigrant families and youth, academic trajectories of engagement and performance among immigrant adolescents, and the role of the “social mirror” in identity formation.

Suárez-Orozco has written and co-authored several books, including “Transitions: The Development of Children and Immigrants” (With M. M. Abo-Zena and A. K. Marks, Eds. NYU Press, 2015); and “Children of Immigration (with M. Suárez-Orozco; Harvard University Press, 2001). She also co-edited the anthologies, “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on The New Immigration” (with D. Qin-Hillard; Routledge, 2001) and “The New Immigration: An Interdisciplinary Reader” (with M. Suárez-Orozco and D. Qin-Hilliard; Routledge, 2005). In 1996, Carola Suárez-Orozco received the Society for Research in Adolescent’s Best Book on Social Policy Award for “Transformations: Migration, Family Life, and Achievement Motivation Among Latino Adolescents” (with M. Suárez-Orozco, Stanford University Press, 1995), and in 2008 she received the Harvard University Press’ Virginia and Warren Stone Award for Best Book on Education for “Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society” (with M. Suárez-Orozco & I. Todorova; Harvard University Press in 2008).

Professor Suárez-Orozco was awarded an American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for her seminal work on the cultural psychology of immigration and also served as the chair of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration in 2006, and was inducted into the New York Academy of Sciences in 2007. Prior to arriving at UCLA in 2012, Suárez-Orozco was a Professor of Applied Psychology at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development and Co-Director of Immigration Studies @ NYU. She served as chair of the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Task Force on Immigration.

Suárez-Orozco is currently the editor of the Journal of Adolescent Research, and is a senior program associate of the William T. Grant Foundation. In 2013, she spoke with Marcelo Suárez-Orozco at a conference on human trafficking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in 2013. While at the Vatican, they also presented a paper at a workshop on “Bread and Brain, Education and Poverty,” which was also held by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Joan Herman is co-director emerita of the National Center for Research in Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing at UCLA.

Joan Herman has been a senior research scientist at CRESST since 2012, after serving as the institute’s director for 12 years, as associate director of CRESST from 1983-2000, and as assistant director from 1979-1983. Dr. Herman’s most recent work focuses on the validity, utility and effects of teachers’ formative assessment practices, and the assessment of deeper learning. She also has wide experience as an evaluator of school reform.

A prolific scholar on the effects of testing on schools and the design of assessment systems to support school planning and instructional improvement, Herman’s publications have reached wide ranging audiences, including leading research journals, practitioner publications and policy briefs. Her books, “Turn-around Toolkit” (With L. Winters. Corwin Press, 2011.) and “A Practical Guide to Alternative Assessment” (With P. Aschbacher and L. Winters. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2004.) have been widely-used resources in schools nationally.

A former teacher and school board member, Dr. Herman is a frequent speaker to policy audiences on evaluation and assessment topics and a regular contributor at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. She currently serves on the National Academies’ Board on Testing and Assessment, is the editor of Educational Assessment, and an editorial reviewer for AERA, the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), and numerous journals including Educational Researcher, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, the Journal of Research in Teacher Education, Journal of Educational Measurement, and Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice.

Dr. Herman served on the Joint Committee for the Revision of Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing and currently is a member of the Standards’ Management Committee. She also co-leads the Center for Standards and Assessment Implementation, a collaboration of CRESST, WestEd, and ten regional centers that support states’ transition to college and career-ready standards. Herman is a past president of the California Educational Research Association, former chair of Para Los Niños Board of Education, and has served on various state and national advisory boards, including Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, the National Center for Educational Outcomes, the National Center for Education and the Economy, the National Council of La Raza, the Gates Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Center for Education Statistics. An elected Fellow of AERA, she also has served the organization as a member-at-large, former program chair, and secretary for Division H.