2014 Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Research: Mark Engberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Mark Engberg is an Associate Professor in the School of Education. Since 2007, he has taught classes in the Higher Education graduate programs. His research agenda is rooted in his desire to improve educational opportunity for underserved students. Dr. Engberg’s work has informed the field’s understanding of the essential role colleges and universities have in preparing future generations of students for the challenges inherent in a diverse democracy and global society. Of his 27 peer-reviewed articles, 14 have focused on the educational benefits of diversity. Additionally, his work has helped to inform policy-makers about the necessity of affirmative action policies in both addressing inequities in educational opportunity and the concomitant benefits that accrue for all students when they are situated in diverse learning environments. Notably, in arguing the merits of affirmative action in the Fisher case, two of Dr. Engberg’s articles were cited extensively in the amicus curiae briefs submitted on behalf of the University of Texas, including briefs from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Psychological Association (APA), and American Sociological Association (ASA). His scholarship is prominently featured on the AERA website, and he has been invited to give numerous talks to discuss his work. Dr. Engberg has a national and international reputation as an exceptional scholar. The School of Education is proud to honor Dr. Engberg with the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Research.