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July 9, 2004

Iowa Academy Of Education Inducts UI's Hlebowitsh

This fall the Iowa Academy of Education will induct Peter Hlebowitsh, a professor in the University of Iowa College of Education's Curriculum and Instruction Department, as a new member for making "significant scholarly contributions to the field of education".

Hlebowitsh will be one of three new inductees to the Des Moines-based academy, which is dedicated to informing educational policies and practices in Iowa through scholarly works and analysis of significant educational issues and trends. The two other inductees are from Iowa State University.

"I'm in good company and hope to be able to make my contribution to the good work of the academy," Hlebowitsh said.

The Iowa Academy of Education was created and is supported by the First In the Nation in Education (FINE) Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving student learning through the use of educational research. Modeled on the National Academy of Education, the academy is believed to be the first such group at a state level and is designed to provide a forum where researchers from a range of fields can anticipate, address and offer advice about Iowa's educational needs.

The new members will bring to 28 the number of Iowa scholars inducted into the academy since 1995, half of them from the UI College of Education. UI faculty members previously inducted into the academy are Nicholas Colangelo, the Myron & Jacqueline Blank Professor of Gifted Education and director of the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development; James D. Marshall, associate dean and a professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department; Robert E. Yager, a science education professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department; Ernest T. Pascarella, the Mary Louise Petersen Professor of Higher Education; Robert Brennan, a professor in and former director of the Iowa Testing Programs and director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Measurement and Assessment; Douglas Grouws, a professor emeritus in Curriculum and Instruction; Nancy Jackson, a professor in the Psychological and Quantitative Foundations Department; David Jepsen, a professor in the Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Student Development Department; Kenneth Kavale, a professor of curriculum and instruction; David Lohman, professor in the Psychological and Quantitative Foundations Department; Michael J. Kolen, a professor of educational measurement; and Harold Schoen, a professor of mathematics in the Curriculum and Instruction Department.

Steven R. Yussen, former dean of the UI College of Education and a professor of psychological and quantitative foundations of education, was inducted as a charter member of the academy in 1996 and will remain as an emeritus member. Yussen is now dean of the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development.

David Jepsen, a professor in the Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Student Development Department, is a former president of the academy and a FINE Foundation board member.

Hlebowitsh holds Ed.D., M.A. and B.A. degrees from Rutgers University and a permanent teaching license for the state of New Jersey.

From 1981 to 1987, he was an elementary school teacher for the Princeton Public Regional Schools in New Jersey. He was an assistant professor at Long Island University from 1987 to 1989 and an associate professor for the University of Houston from 1989 to 1993. He has been at the UI since 1993.

Hlebowitsh's research interests include curriculum theory and design, educational studies, school policy and school history. Since 1995, he has helped to co-direct several large-scale curriculum development projects in Central and Eastern Europe, focusing mostly on civic education reforms in post-Soviet societies, including the Czech Republic and the Republics of Armenia and Bulgaria. He is the author of a book on curriculum theory, "Radical Curriculum Theory Reconsidered" (Teachers College Press, 1993) and an upcoming textbook on curriculum design, "Designing the School Curriculum" (Allyn Bacon, 2005). He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Curriculum Studies and a frequent contributor to Curriculum Inquiry.

He has also maintained a research agenda in the area of educational foundations. He is the author of an education foundations textbook, Foundation of American Education (Wadworth, 2000), and has written several articles dealing with the legacy of the progressive movement in education. He is the immediate past Secretary of the John Dewey Society and the past editor of The John Dewey Society's journal, Education and Culture.

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