BUFFALO, N.Y. – Jaekyung Lee, PhD, interim dean and
professor in the University at Buffalo’s Graduate School of
Education, has been named fellow of the American Educational
Research Association (AERA), the largest and most prestigious
organization of educational researchers in the world.
The international distinction recognizes Lee for exceptional
scholarly contributions to education research, and significant
contributions to educational research through the development of
research opportunities and settings.
The AERA Fellows Program honors education researchers with
substantial research accomplishments, conveys the association's
commitment to excellence in research and helps the next generation
of emerging scholars to appreciate the value of sustained
achievements in research and the breadth of scholarship worthy of
Lee is one of 23 fellows to be honored this year. The 23 join
534 current AERA fellows. Lee will be inducted into the AERA April
28 during the organization’s annual meeting in San
Lee served as an associate editor of the American Educational
Research Journal, and currently serves as an editorial board member
of the academic journals Education Policy Analysis Archives, KEDI
Journal of Education Policy and Journal of Research in Rural
His research has been supported by grants from the AERA, the
U.S. Department of Education and the National Science
Lee is the author of the book, “The Testing Gap:
Scientific Trials of Test-Driven School Accountability Systems for
Excellence and Equity.”
“I am humbled by this great honor,” says Lee.
“I take pride in helping frame and inform the nation’s
current policy debates on high-stakes accountability and the
His research on these topics has been cited by many, including
the National Research Council’s 2011 report, "Incentives and
Test-Based Accountability in Education."
AERA Fellows are nominated by their peers, selected and
recommended by the Fellows Committee and approved by the AERA
Council, the association’s elected governing group.
“The AERA Fellows program is designed to honor researchers
in education who evidence outstanding research
accomplishments,” says Lois Weis, SUNY Distinguished
Professor in the UB Graduate School of Education’s Department
of Educational Leadership and Policy. “Jaek Lee's election as
an honorary fellow brings great distinction to the university and
spotlights UB as a place that encourages and supports cutting-edge
“This election is a great credit to Jaek, as well as the
university as a whole.”
Lee is also a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the
Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and a fellow of the
National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado at
Boulder. He is the recipient of the 2007 AERA Early Career
In addition to his role as interim dean, Lee is a professor and
the associate dean for academic affairs in the Graduate School of
Education. His scholarly research agenda includes education
accountability policy and high-stakes testing; P-16 education
pathways and school interventions; educational equity and
achievement gaps; and international and comparative education.
Lee was appointed interim dean of the Graduate School of
Education in 2012.