Three from UCLA Ed & IS Elected to National Academy of Education

Patricia Gándara, Sandra Graham, and Noreen Webb are recognized for their research and scholarship.

UCLA Education Professors Patricia Gándara, Sandra Graham, and Noreen Webb are three out of 16 new members that have been elected to the National Academy of Education (NAEd). They will be honored during the 2015 NAEd Annual Meeting in November, which will be held in Washington D.C.

“This is a historic day for the Department of Education and UCLA Ed & IS,” says Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. “Not one, not two, but three members of the faculty have been elected to the world’s most honorific education society. It is a tribute to GSE&IS’ stellar standing in the world of education research and practice to have Professors Gándara, Graham, and Webb – three novas of brilliance in our field – be honored all at once. For 2015, no other School of Education in the country had as many faculty elected as GSE&IS. Brava! Brava! Brava!”

“Three intellectual lions of our Department, have been elected to the National Academy of Education,” says Louis Gomez, chair of UCLA Education, who was elected to the NAEd in 2013. “By electing them, the Academy has recognized and honored their scholarship and contribution to the field.  We are fortunate to have their colleagueship.”

The National Academy of Education advances high quality education research and its use in policy formation and practice. Founded in 1965, the Academy consists of U.S. members and foreign associates who are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education. Since its establishment, the Academy has undertaken research studies that address pressing issues in education, which are typically conducted by members and other scholars with relevant expertise. In addition, the Academy sponsors professional development fellowship programs that contribute to the preparation of the next generation of scholars.

“I feel deeply honored by my colleagues who voted me into the National Academy,” says Professor Gándara, co-director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles.”More than anything, it presents the opportunity to work more closely with some of the brightest, most thoughtful people in education.  I also think it’s wonderful that three members of the UCLA faculty were so honored —  more than any other campus in the country!”

Professor Graham, who chairs UCLA’s Council of Academic Personnel and is the UCLA Ed & IS Presidential Chair in Education and Diversity,, echoed her colleague’s sentiments.

“I feel so honored and humbled to be in such distinguished company,” says Graham.

Professor Webb, who serves as vice chair of UCLA Education, says that she is “very surprised and humbled to receive this honor.”

“I am grateful to my incredibly supportive colleagues and wonderful students at UCLA Ed & IS and to UCLA for being such a great place to work and spend one’s career,” she says.