Valverde Elected President of Premier Society for Global Scholarship in Education

Albany, NY (May 24, 2011) — Gilbert A. Valverde, chair of the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies (EAPS), at the University at Albany, State University of New York, has been elected president of the  Comparative and International Education Society for 2013-2014.

Gilbert ValverdeAccording to Mitch Leventhal, SUNY Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs, "Professor Valverde is a leader in the field of comparative and international education, and his election as president of CIES affirms this recognition internationally.  We are fortunate to have Professor Valverde as chair of the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies and expect that his leadership will bring that department to even greater global prominence.”  Under Valverde’s leadership as chair, the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies has strengthened its engagement in global education studies.  SUNY as a whole benefits from these growing scholarly contributions, connections and influence, as does the field of global education policy studies itself.

Dr. Valverde specializes in scholarship and applied research in international assessment, curriculum policy, and development assistance for education.  He researches the role of large-scale cross-national studies of education in the national and state educational policy debates across the globe.  He is director and principal investigator of the Educational Evaluation Research Consortium, which has conducted a series of longitudinal studies of educational opportunities in mathematics and reading comprehension from fourth to seventh grade in the Dominican Republic.  He is a member of the Working Group on Standards and Evaluation of the Program to Promote Educational Reform in Latin America (PREAL).  He has also consulted on testing, standards, and educational indicators policies for NASA, UNESCO, the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the U.S. Agency for International Development – and to a number of ministries, foundations, school districts, non-governmental organizations, and research institutions throughout the Americas.  He is an affiliated faculty member of the University at Albany’s Department of Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies, and the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, Graduate School of Public Affairs.  Dr. Valverde has just concluded service on the CIES Board of Directors, to which he had been elected in 2008.  He is a J. William Fulbright Senior Specialist Program recipient.

Founded in 1956, CIES is the largest scholarly organization in the world dedicated to fostering cross-cultural understanding, scholarship, academic achievement and societal development through the international study of educational ideas, systems, and practices.  The Society's members include more than 2000 scholars, practitioners, and students from around the world. Further, the Society publishes the prestigious journal Comparative Education Review (CER) with the University of Chicago Press.  Professor Aaron Benavot, from EAPS, serves as the co-editor of the CER.  The Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies became home of the CIES Secretariat in 2010, with Drs. Jason Lane and Alan Wagner serving as secretary and treasurer, respectively.  As a result of his election, Dr. Valverde assumes the position of vice-president for 2011-2012, president-elect for 2012-2013, president for 2013-2014 and past-president for 2014-2015. 

Read the University at Albany News Release.