2016 Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series

Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series banner | Arthur Levine, PhD | Monday, March 28, 2016
Date: Monday, March 28, 2016
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Reception to follow)
Location: Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall, University at Buffalo, North Campus
Cost: Free
Lecture: Open to the Public


Contact the Graduate School of Education at (716) 645-6640 or gsedean@buffalo.edu

About the Series

The University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education (GSE) Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series engages our local education community members, as well as faculty and students, with leading senior scholars in critical fields of education. Each year, the school brings to campus a distinguished scholar to present a special lecture on a topic relevant to education. Building on the university and school's strategic strengths, the series showcases and benchmarks impactful research and scholarship in the areas identified as strategic visions for the future of the university, as well as the Graduate School of Education.

The event is sponsored by the Adelle H. Land Memorial Fund and the Charlotte C. Acer Endowment for the Colloquia on Urban Education.

GSE is the home to nationally recognized programs, centers and faculty that contribute together to excellent teaching, research and service in the interest of better education for all.


“The Future of Teacher and School Leader Education”
Six factors—demographics, the economy, government, technology, privatization and the convergence of knowledge producers—have the capacity to transform teacher and school leader education, as well as higher and P–12 education. This presentation will describe each and discuss their likely consequences.


Arthur Levine, PhD

ALevine.jpgArthur Levine is the sixth president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Before his appointment at Woodrow Wilson, he was president and professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He also previously served as chair of the higher education program, chair of the Institute for Educational Management and senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Levine is the author of dozens of articles and reviews, including a series of reports for the Education Schools Project on the preparation of school leaders, teachers and education researchers. Dr. Levine’s numerous commentaries appear in such publications as The Chronicle of Higher Education, Education Week, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

His most recent book is Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today’s College Student (with Diane Dean). Among his other volumes are Beating the Odds: How the Poor Get to College (with Jana Nidiffer); Shaping Higher Education’s Future; When Hope and Fear Collide: A Portrait of Today’s College Student (with Jeanette Cureton) and Why Innovation Fails.

Dr. Levine has received numerous honors, including Carnegie, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships, as well as the American Council on Education’s Book of the Year Award (for Reform of Undergraduate Education) and 25 honorary degrees. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and currently sits on the board of the Educational Testing Service and Say Yes to Education.

Dr. Levine was also previously president of Bradford College (1982–1989) and senior fellow at the Carnegie Foundation and Carnegie Council for Policy Studies in Higher Education (1975–1982). He received his bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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