Dr. Thomas R. Guskey

Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Kentucky
Dr. Thomas R. Guskey
Dr. Thomas R. Guskey is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Kentucky. His publications include 17 books, 33 book chapters, and over 200 articles and papers. His most recent books include Practical Solutions to Serious Problems in Standards-Based Grading (Corwin, 2009); The Principal as Assessment Leader (Solution Tree, 2009); The Teacher as Assessment Leader (Solution Tree, 2009); Benjamin S. Bloom: Portraits of an Educator (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006); How’s My Kid Doing? A Parents’ Guide to Grades, Marks, and Report Cards (Jossey Bass, 2002); Developing Grading and Reporting Systems for Student Learning (Corwin, 2001); and Evaluating Professional Development (Corwin, 2000). Dr. Guskey holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Boston College, and a B.A. in Physics from Thiel College.

A graduate of the University of Chicago’s renowned Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistical Analysis (MESA) Program, Dr. Guskey served as Director of Research and Development for the Chicago Public Schools, and later became the first Director of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning, a national educational research center. He is a member of the editorial boards of The Elementary School Journal, The NASSP Bulletin, and Journal of Research on Professional Learning. He co-edits the Experts in Assessment Series for Corwin Press and has been featured on the National Public Radio programs Talk of the Nation and Morning Edition. He also served on the Policy Research Team of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future, on the Task Force to develop the National Standards for Staff Development, and recently was named a Fellow by the American Educational Research Association, one of the Association’s highest honors.

At the University of Kentucky, Dr. Guskey teaches courses on research and evaluation design, quantitative analysis, and educational reform and change. He has served as Special Assistant to the Chancellor, Department Chair, Faculty Council President, and Director of the Office of Educational Research and Development. He also has been a Visiting Professor at 12 other universities in the U.S., and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at universities in Australia and New Zealand. A frequent speaker at national conferences, Dr. Guskey has served as consultant to educators throughout the U.S., as well as in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe. He is included in the National Staff Development Council’s Leaders in Staff Development, and is the only person to have won twice the Council’s prestigious, “Book of the Year Award,” and three times the, “Article of the Year Award.”

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