LRDC Newsletter

Volume 6
Issue 2

LRDC Distinguished Alumni Award

Jeff BisanzOn April 30, 2015, LRDC celebrates Jeffrey Bisanz as the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient with a lecture and reception. The title of his talk is “Lessons from Number-Line Estimation and Arithmetic Equivalence in Children.”
Jeff received his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh in 1979 under the mentorship of Lauren Resnick. He is currently a professor and chair of the psychology department at the University of Alberta, where his research focuses on mathematical cognition, instruction, and assessment. In his tenure there, he has supervised, or sat on the committee of, more than 100 University of Alberta students, including undergraduate honors students and graduate students.

Perhaps an even greater accomplishment than supervising the research of more than 100 students is his founding of the Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families (CUP). CUP is a collaboration among the University of Alberta, community agencies, and organizations in and around Edmonton and across Alberta. It was launched in 2000 with the goal of connecting investigators from various university departments with the community to conduct research on the development of children and families. Jeff stepped down as director in 2011 but remains active as the CUP Steering Committee Co-Chair.
Jeff, and CUP, have garnered a number of awards including the University of Alberta’s President’s Achievement Award, “Dare to Discover,” (2007) and the Distinguished Academic Award from the Conference of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA), which recognizes academic staff members who have made an outstanding contribution to the wider community beyond the university (2010). Jeff also received the Inaugural Pickering Award for Outstanding Contributions to Developmental Psychology in Canada (2010) and was designated a “Man of Honour” from the Prostitution Awareness and Action Foundation of Edmonton, now the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (2008). He is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Canadian Psychological Association.
In naming Jeff the 2015 recipient, the selection committee commended him for his “tireless commitment to the integration of academic and community-based research with community practice and policy” and “. . .  the community-university partnership he has forged . . . represents some of the bridges that LRDC has been famous for.”
Instituted in 2011, the LRDC Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the accomplishments of the many graduate students who, over the years, have earned their PhDs while at LRDC. It is given every other year and counts Susan Goldman (2011) and Drew Gitomer (2013) as former recipients.

Please join LRDC in recognizing Jeffrey Bisanz as the Center’s third recipient of the alumni award. All are welcome to the lecture on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 3:00 pm in Glaser Auditorium, LRDC 2nd Floor, and to the reception that follows on LRDC 9.