Professor Edmund W. Gordon has been cited by The New York Times as, "Perhaps, the most distinguished African-American psychologist of his generation." Some have challenged this ethnic limitation and place him among the most distinguished behavioral and pedagogical scientists in our nation. He is certainly one of the most unique. Gordon is one of the very few people in the world to hold two endowed Ivy League University professorships. Gordon is the Richard March Hoe Professor of Psychology and Education emeritus and Director of the Institute of Urban and Minority Education, (IUME), at Teachers College, Columbia University where, he also served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Interim Dean from July 2000 until August 2001. Professor Gordon is also the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at Yale University, and he is the Senior Scholar in Residence at the College Board. In 2004, The Educational Testing Service created the Edmund W. Gordon Chair in Evaluation, Research and Policy in his honor. In 2005, Columbia University named its facility in Harlem, the Edmund W. Gordon Campus of Teachers College. Without question, he is one of our nation's most distinguished scholars.
Professor Gordon's distinguished career spans professional practice and scholarly life as a minister, clinical and counseling psychologist, research scientist, author, editor and professor. He has held appointments at several of the nations leading universities including Howard, Yeshiva, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, The Educational Testing Service and the City University of New York.
Dr. Gordon's scholarship is document in his authorship of more than 200 articles in scholarly journals, 50 book chapters and in more than 18 books and monographs authored or edited by him. He served for five years as Editor of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry and for three years as Editor of the annual Review of Research in Education. Professor Gordon is best known for his research on diverse human characteristics and pedagogy, and the education of the low status populations. His book, Compensatory Education: Preschool through College, continues to be regarded as the classic work in its field. His recent book, Education and Social Justice: A View from the Back of the Bus, was published by Teachers College Press in 1999. His text, Supplementary Education: The Hidden Curriculum of High Academic Ability, was published in 2005. His most recent books, The Affirmative Development of Academic Ability and Education, Excellence and Equity are currently in press. Even though Gordon is in his ninth decade, he is finishing his book titled Defiers: Black Male Achievers, and is scheduled to begin writing his "conceptual memoir" in Summer, 2006.
Professor Gordon and his wife Dr. Susan G. Gordon have been residents of Rockland County since 1954. They are the proud parents of four children, grandparents of nine children and one great grandchild. Although both the Doctor Gordons are highly accomplished they consider the humanity of their four accomplished children to be their greatest achievement. Together with their four children the Gordons are the founders of the CEJJES Institute and Conference center, it is their children's memorial to their parents work while still alive.