Gene Glass

GENE V GLASS is a Research Professor in the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Regents’ Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University. Having made substantial contributions to education statistics and educational policy research, his work as a pioneer of meta-analysis has been recognized as one of 40 scholarly contributions that have changed psychology. As past president of the American Educational Research Association and the author of more than a dozen books and nearly two hundred scholarly articles, Dr. Glass now advocates for the expansion of open access to scholarship through free, online publications.

Glass is also the founding editor of Education Policy Analysis Archives, the International Journal of Education and the Arts, and Education Review. In 2006, AERA honored Dr. Glass with the Distinguished Contributions for Educational Research award. Twice honored with the Palmer O. Johnson Award (AERA, 1968 and 1970) and a recipient of the Paul Lazarsfeld Award (1984) of the American Evaluation Association, Dr. Glass is most recently the author of the book Fertilizers, Pills, and Magnetic Strips: The Fate of Public Education in America.

For more information, visit Gene Glass’s Website. To learn more about Gene Glass from his family and friends, visit his Reflections. To view photographs from Gene Glass’s personal collection, visit his Photo Gallery.

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Video Interviews with Gene Glass:

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Born on the outskirts of Lincoln, Nebraska, Dr. Gene Glass remembers his early years with his two siblings in a semi-rural and remote community. Attributing his own cynicism to his father, an often unemployed printer who felt “beaten down” by life during the Great Depression, Glass recounts family life in his grandparents’ dirt floor garage—acknowledging that “we were on the edge of being poor.” Glass admitted he saw little value in education at the time, focusing instead on developing his athletic prowess. First attending college on a chance scholarship, Glass honed his innate intellectual curiosity, studying German and mathematics before graduating with a doctoral degree. Reminiscing about his youth in a small town, Glass recalls a pervasive sense he “wasn’t really anywhere–that everything was someplace else.” Watch this clip to learn more about Dr. Glass’s personal and professional journey as a scholar and educational researcher.

Despite his disdain for dreary weather, Dr. Gene Glass began his distinguished career in central Illinois before “pulling off the coup of all times” by becoming the first faculty member at the University of Colorado, Boulder who had not previously taught in a public school. Embarking on a personal and professional journey marked by rapid advancement within academia and his own commitment to independent thought, Glass recalls cherished memories with colleagues and friends at Arizona State University and as President of the American Educational Research Association—all fashioned between competitive games of tennis. Heralded for his pioneering work on meta-analysis, Glass humbly maintains, “I am not a very good teacher.” View this clip to hear the reflections of graduate students who respectfully disagree with Dr. Glass and colleagues and friends who admire this contrarian for his commitment to discourse.

Cogniscent of his own evolution as an educational researcher, Dr. Gene Glass credits his mentors and critics alike for his professional growth. Once having thought that “the force of all of these studies [in a meta-analysis] just put together and understood” would definitively silence any opposition, Glass readily acknowledges the role of qualitative research in shaping classroom practice. Skeptical of charter schools and high stakes tests, Glass argues that current trends in educational reform are “all smoke and mirrors.” View this clip to learn why Dr. Glass believes Arizona is “the state to watch” in terms of educational policy.

Affectionately referring to his trophies as “hardware,” Dr. Gene Glass is an avid, nationally ranked tennis player. Comparing both quantitative indicators and tennis rankings to the first page of a novel, Glass insists that “they hide more than they reveal.” Crediting both his older brother and undergraduate mentor with profoundly shaping his personal and professional life, Glass admits that he still loves the thrill of seeing his name on a publication. When watching this clip, be prepared to hear Dr. Glass’s favorite curse word and candid assessment of the movie industry.

Amrein-Beardsley, A. (2011, March 8). Inside the Academy video interviews with Dr. Gene Glass [Video files]. Retrieved from http://insidetheacademy.asu.edu/gene-glass