College of Liberal Arts

Educational Psychology Pioneer Joins UT as Visiting Scholar

Mon, Dec 2, 2019
Edmund W. Gordon (B. 1921)
Edmund W. Gordon (B. 1921)

Edmund W. Gordon, a pioneer in educational psychology and former mentee of W.E.B. Du Bois, has been appointed as the 2019-2020 W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Black Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

The first lecture of Gordon’s appointment, “Supplementary Education: The Hidden Curriculum in High Achievement,” will take place Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 3:30 pm in the Gordon-White Building (2.206) on UT Austin’s campus. RSVP here.

Gordon is an African-American intellectual and professor with a career spanning over 70 years. His research is credited for laying the foundation for the successful federal initiative, The Head Start Program. Recently, Gordon received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Morehouse College and Fund II Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 

As a leading psychologist and expert in education access for minority and disadvantaged students, Gordon’s scholarly contributions include nearly 200 publications. The Edmund W. Gordon Papers, 1933 – 2010, are a part of the UT Austin Black Diaspora Archive and available online and in person at UT Austin Libraries Collection. 

As a W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Gordon will deliver a series of lectures on topics that span his research career and meet with students, scholars, and faculty, throughout the academic year.

“This is an opportunity for today’s scholars and students interested in how we improve education for all, to hear from a forerunner in the field – who is very much still actively writing today.,” said Cherise Smith, the chair of the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies and associate professor of Art History. “It is a true honor and privilege for Black Studies to have Dr. Gordon in our midst.”

The African and African Diaspora Studies Department is the academic unit of Black Studies a collective based in the College of Liberal Arts and includes the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis and the Art Galleries at Black Studies.

The opening of the archive and exhibition of the Edmund W. Gordon Papers at the UT Austin Black Diaspora Archive. Pictured left to right: Rachel E. Winston, Minkah Makalani, Christen Smith, Edmund W. Gordon, Edmund T. Gordon, Omi Jones, Cherise Smith

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