Larry Hedges Receives AERA Presidential Citation for Research Excellence

Larry Hedges Receives AERA Presidential Citation for Research Excellence

Larry Hedges

Professor Larry Hedges has been selected to receive a 2014 award for research excellence from the American Education Research Association (AERA), the nation’s preeminent education research organization. Hedges’s award is the AERA Presidential Citation.

The president of AERA selects recipients of the AERA Presidential Citation for their distinguished service and significant contributions to education research. Barbara Schneider (PhD79), a professor at Michigan State University, currently serves as president of the AERA. 

AERA will honor Hedges for his outstanding scholarship and service at an awards ceremony on April 5 at the AERA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

A national leader in the fields of educational statistics and evaluation, Hedges 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.

Hedges's research spans fields including 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. Examples of some of his recent studies include 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.

He has authored or co-authored eight books, including the seminal Statistical Methods for Meta-Analysis and The Handbook of Research Synthesis. In addition, he is the author or co-author of many journal articles.

Hedges is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and 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 president of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness.

Nominated by President Barack Obama, he is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Board for Education Sciences. Recently he was elected 2013-14 Statistician of the Year by the Chicago chapter of the American Statistical Association.

"We are proud to honor the outstanding commitment and accomplishments of this year's award winners," says AERA executive director Felice Levine of the AERA award winners in education research. "Through their scholarship and service to the field, they stand as exemplars to AERA's 25,000 members and to all who are committed to the study and practice of education in the United States and elsewhere."

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 3/27/14