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Dr. Alan R. Sadovnik, one of the nation's premier scholars of sociology of education, urban and educational reform and improvement, and the history of progressive education, is a passionate advocate of issues concerning urban education. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Rutgers recognized him in 2010 as a Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Education, Sociology and Public Affairs and Administration. He served as co-director of the Institute on Education Law and Policy from 2004 to 2015, and co-director of the Newark Schools Research Collaborative from 2000 to 2015. He also served as director (2004-2015) of the Urban Educational Policy Specialization in the Urban Systems Ph.D. Program, a joint program with the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences).
Sadovnik has authored and edited numerous publications including Leaders in the Sociology of Education: Intellectual Self Portraits (2016); “Schools of Tomorrow, Schools of Today”: Progressive Education in the 21st Century (2016); Founding Mothers and Others: Women Educational Leaders During the Progressive Era (2002); Waiting for School Reform: Charter Schools as the Latest Imperfect Panacea (2011); Knowledge and Pedagogy: The Sociology of Basil Bernstein (1995); and“Bernstein’s Theory of Pedagogic Practice: A Structuralist Approach” (1991).
In 1993 Sadovnik received the Willard Waller Award from the Sociology of Education Section of the American Sociological Association for the best article published in the field. Moreover, three of his works, Knowledge and Pedagogy, "Schools of Tomorrow" and Founding Mothers and Others garnered American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Awards.
Joining the faculty of Rutgers University in Newark in 2000, Sadovnik received his bachelor of arts degree in sociology and education from Queens College in 1975. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from New York University in 1979 and 1983, respectively.