Berends Named AERA Fellow

Mark Berends, the distinguished sociologist of education who directs the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) in Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives, has been named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

The AERA says its Fellows Program honors education researchers with substantial research accomplishments, conveys the association’s commitment to excellence in research, and emphasizes to new scholars the importance of sustaining excellent research in the field.

The selection of Berends to join the AERA’s 2014 Class of Fellows was based on nomination by his peers and approval of the AERA Council. It was announced in mid-February.

“This is a high honor for Mark, as well as a well deserved recognition of his leadership of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity,” said Rev. Timothy Scully, CSC, Hackett Family Director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives.

Berends is program chair for the AERA's annual meeting, scheduled April 3-7 in Philadelphia. He and AERA president Barbara Schneider discuss the meeting's theme, "The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy," in a video posted at the association's website.