Hedges Reappointed to Educational Advisory Team

Hedges Reappointed to Educational Advisory Team

Larry HedgesPresident Barack Obama has reappointed Northwestern University faculty member Larry Hedges to the National Board for Education Sciences to continue serving as a key member of the educational advisory team.

Hedges, one of the field’s leading authorities on education statistics and program evaluation, will advise and consult with the Department of Education’s research arm on educational policy and research priorities.

He will serve with nationally recognized scholars and education experts on the National Board for Education Sciences, including Judith Singer, Senior Vice-Provost Harvard University and Jeannie Oakes, a senior fellow in residence at the Learning Policy Institute and former director of the Institute for Democracy, Education and Access at the University of California, Los Angles Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

“I am confident that these experienced and hardworking individuals will help us tackle the important challenges facing America,” President Obama said. “I am grateful for their service, and I look forward to working with them.”

Hedges is one of eight Board of Trustees Professors at Northwestern, the university’s most distinguished academic positions.

During his next three-year term, Hedges plans to focus on two main areas: Making education research more relevant by raising awareness about generalizability in research designs and addressing the replication crisis that has plagued other fields like medicine and psychology.

Hedges’ research straddles many fields – including sociology, psychology and educational policy. He is best known for developing 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.

His work is a key component of evidence-based social research, and he holds appointments in the Weinberg College of Arts and SciencesSchool of Education and Social Policy and the Institute for Policy Research (IPR).

Hedges is a current board member and past president of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness. He joined the Northwestern faculty in 2005 and co-launched IPR’s Center for Improving Methods for Quantitative Policy Research.

An elected member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the co-author or co-editor of eight books and monographs, including the seminal “Statistical Methods for Meta-Analysis” (with Ingram Olkin).

He also served on the American Psychological Association’s task force on media violence, focusing specifically on violent video games.

By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 7/14/16