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PITTSBURGH—H. Richard Milner IV, a nationally regarded education scholar and director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Urban Education, has been named a 2016 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Milner is one of just 22 scholars in the nation to receive the honor in 2016.

The American Educational Research Association is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. AERA Fellows are selected on the basis of their notable and sustained research achievements. Fellows are nominated by their peers and selected by the AERA Fellows Committee. The 2016 AERA Fellows will be inducted on April 9, during the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

In addition to his role within Pitt’s Center for Urban Education, Milner is the Helen S. Faison Endowed Chair of Urban Education and a professor of education in Pitt’s School of Education. He also is a policy fellow of the National Education Policy Center. His policy, research, and teaching interests concern urban education, teacher education, African American literature, and the sociology of education. A Pitt faculty member since 2013, Milner previously served as a tenured faculty member and founding director of the Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies Program at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

Milner is the author of six books, including Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms (Harvard Education Press, 2015) and Start Where You Are But Don’t Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today’s Classrooms (Harvard Education Press, 2010). His work also has been published in numerous scholarly publications, including the Review of Research in Education, Teachers College Record, and Journal of Black Studies. Milner is the editor-in-chief of the bimonthly peer-reviewed journal Urban Education and coeditor for the Handbook of Urban Education.

In being named an AERA Fellow, Milner joins an elite group of Pitt education faculty scholars who have been honored with the distinction, including Alan M. Lesgold, the Renee and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education.

Founded in 1916, the American Educational Research Association is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. The organization’s more than 25,000 members consists of faculty, graduate students, researchers, and other distinguished professionals with rich and diverse expertise in education research.


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