IGPA sociologist Rachel Gordon receives Distinguished Scholar award from UIC

Monday, January 28, 2019

IGPA sociologist Rachel Gordon receives Distinguished Scholar award from UIC

Photo of Rachel A. Gordon

Professor Rachel A. Gordon (left), an IGPA scholar since 1999, has been selected to receive a 2018 Distinguished Scholar award from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is one of five university faculty to be selected for this award and will be honored for her work in the social sciences. Distinguished scholars and will also be honored for work in basic life sciences, clinical sciences, natural sciences and engineering and humanities, arts, design and architecture. Five early career researchers will also receive "Rising Star" awards. The awards are presented by the UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Office of Technology Management and will be handed out at a ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Professor Gordon is being honored for her body of work in early childhood education. "Her research developing cutting-edge statistical methods for evaluating measures of early childhood education have impacted policy decisions, and she has established novel interdisciplinary approaches to modeling students' development," according to the annoucement of the award.

At IGPA, Professor Gordon leads the Early Investments Initiative, which is focused on policy studies in daycare, social and emotional learning, and evaluation methods for early childhood educational settings. The award announcement noted Gordon's "ability to regularly engage with audiences beyond academia to increase the relevance of her research for public decision-making and to share the results of her own and her colleagues' research with policymakers, practitioners, journalists and the public."

Examples of Gordon's team's IGPA work can be found here, here, and here. Her full bio is here. More information about the awards can be found here.