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David Alexander Goslin, PhD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Goslin has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of nonprofit, sociology and education

    SAVANNAH, GA, April 02, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is pleased to announce that David Alexander Goslin, PhD, has been named as a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Goslin's award recognizes a career that includes significant intellectual contributions, as well as important leadership and organizational accomplishments.

Sociologist David Goslin served for 14 years as president and chief executive officer of the American Institutes for Research (AIR), an independent, nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, AIR conducts behavioral and social science research, evaluation, and assessment, and provides technical assistance for a wide variety of government agencies and other entities. When he retired in 2001, AIR had grown to become the preeminent nonprofit behavioral and social science research institution in the country.

Before assuming his position at AIR, he spent 13 years as executive director of a newly established Assembly of Behavioral and Social Sciences of the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences. During his time at the National Research Council his new division of the NRC evolved into the Commission on the Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, one of eight major divisions of the NRC. In 1986, Dr. Goslin received the National Research Council Professional Staff Award for Distinguished Service from the National Academy of Sciences.

Following graduate school, he joined the staff of Russell Sage Foundation in New York City, where he served as staff sociologist and conducted research on the social effects of standardized testing over a 13- year period. While at Russell Sage Foundation, he held adjunct teaching positions at six different universities, including Columbia University, Columbia University Teachers College, New York University, Hunter College, UCLA, and the London School of Economics.

During his career, Dr. Goslin published five books in his fields of sociology and the sociology of education. Best known of his works was the Handbook of Socialization Theory and Research, which he edited for Rand McNally, published in 1969. His research on the social effects of standardized testing produced two volumes published by Russell Sage Foundation: The Search for Ability, Standardized Testing in Social Perspective (1963) and Teachers and Testing (1967). He also wrote a textbook on the sociology of education, The School in Contemporary Society, published by Scott Foresman in 1965. Following his retirement, he authored Engaging Minds, Motivation and Learning in America's Schools, published by Scarecrow Press, a division of Rowman and Littlefield in 2003, and co-authored Tee to Green: A Guide to Golf after 50, published by Quill Driver Press in 2008. He has authored numerous scientific papers and articles, including an article in Science magazine, titled "Standardized Tests and Testing" in 1969. He also produced a film, A Place to Meet, a Way to Understand for the White House Conference on Children in 1970.

While in Washington, Dr. Goslin served on the boards of directors of several nonprofit organizations, including the Institute for Women's Policy Research, the Society for Science and the Public (formerly Science Service), Child Trends, and the Council on Basic Education. He also served a five-year term as a member of the Yale University Council from 1988-1993.

An honors graduate in psychology, political science and economics at Swarthmore College in 1958, Dr. Goslin subsequently received his masters and doctorate degrees in sociology from Yale University in 1960 and 1962. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1982 and was member of the American Sociological Association and the National Educational Research Association.

A preeminent Marquis listee, he has been featured in seven additions of Who's Who in America between 1992 and 2000, as well as the third edition of Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

In addition to his professional contributions to the behavioral and social sciences, education, and public policy, Dr. Goslin is less well known as an artist, having created since 1982 more than 180 acrylic paintings in the color field tradition. His works hang in many private collections, as well as the Pew Charitable Trust offices in Washington, D.C.

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