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Michigan State University Dean Emeritus to Receive AACTE Imig Award for Contributions to Teacher Education

2022 AACTE David G. Imig Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education - Robert E. Floden, Ph.D.

AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education)  today announced that Robert E. Floden, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor and Dean Emeritus of the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Education, is the recipient of the 2022 AACTE David G. Imig Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education. Floden will be presented with this prestigious award at AACTE’s 74th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La, on March 4.

The Imig Award recognizes distinguished achievement in the formulation, implementation, or analysis of teacher education policy, or the performance of distinguished scholarship in educator preparation. The award is named in honor of AACTE President and CEO Emeritus David G. Imig, who led the Association from 1980 to 2005.

For more than 40 years, Floden has been a member of the MSU College of Education faculty, holding leadership positions including director of research centers, associate dean for research, acting dean (twice), and dean. He is a preeminent scholar in teaching, teacher education, and relating policy to classroom practice and holds degrees from Princeton and Stanford Universities. His work has appeared in numerous publications and books, including the Handbook of Research on Teaching, the Handbook of Research on Teacher Education, and the Handbook of Research on Mathematics Teaching and Learning. He has also served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Teacher Education, Educational Researcher, and the Review of Research in Education.

Floden is currently chair of the board of directors for AACTE and serves on the boards of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. He is also a fellow of the American Educational Research Association and a fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Division 15 (Educational Psychology). He previously served as president of the Philosophy of Education Society, chair of the Research Advisory Committee, and secretary-treasurer of the National Academy of Education. An Alexander von Humboldt fellowship, a Fulbright specialist appointment, and the AACTE Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education are among his honors.

“From his early involvement in national research centers to his upcoming retirement, Bob Floden’s work as a scholar of teacher education has brought great distinction to Michigan State University,” said Ann Austin, Ph.D., interim dean of the MSU College of Education. “We are incredibly proud of the ways Dr. Floden’s scholarship and leadership have helped to define the field of research on teacher education, shaping policy on national and international levels and influencing multiple generations of scholars who share his commitment to improving teaching practice.”

The 26th annual AACTE Awards Program honors member institutions and individuals who have made bold, extraordinary, and innovative contributions to the profession of teacher education.

Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE president and chief executive officer, said, “It has been an honor to serve alongside Dr. Floden in implementing AACTE’s strategic goals, incorporating lessons learned from the pandemic to advance educator preparation and policies, and growing AACTE’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. I look forward to honoring and thanking him for his incredible contributions to our field at the 74th Annual Meeting.”


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