Charles T. Clotfelter Receives 2011 Spencer Foundation Award

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The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) has selected Charles T. Clotfelter, Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics and Law and the Director of the Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism, at Duke University, as the recipient of the 2011 Spencer Foundation Award.  The Spencer Foundation Award recognizes noteworthy contributions through research and analysis in the field of education policy and management.  The awardee delivers a lecture at the APPAM Fall Research Conference in November.  

Clotfelter has made voluminous contributions to the scholarly field of education policy. His two most recent books are After Brown: The Rise and Retreat of School Segregation, an impressive study of school desegregation during the past 50 years, and his latest book,Big-Time Sports in American Universities, a study of commercial sports in universities. With colleagues at Duke, he has also published empirical studies using rich North Carolina data to investigate racial segregation in schools, accountability, teacher quality and teacher labor markets. Professor Clotfelter's research is rigorous, insightful and serves as a model for academic scholarship in the field of education policy. 

Michael S. McPherson, president of the Spencer Foundation and a member of the award selection committee notes, “Charlie Clotfelter tackles issues and topics that have great policy significance, he is exceptionally versatile in the range of methods (econometric, historical, and case study, among others) that he employs, and he writes accessibly and clearly. He is also about the nicest person you would ever want to meet. As they say in the sports world that Charlie has just written incisively about, ‘he's got the whole package’".   

In Big-Time Sports in American Universities, published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press, Clotfelter has drawn the public’s attention to the topic of commercial sports in a university setting, through articles in The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Washington Post, and numerous other newspapers and media outlets. He is raising public consciousness and contributing to education policy debate by challenging the tax deduction for major college sports; asking university leaders whether sports is, or should be, in their mission statement; and wondering what responsibility the university has to local and national communities. The list of contributions by Professor Clotfelter goes on at great length. In every endeavor, Professor Clotfelter combines rigorous scholarship with public engagement in policy topics of contemporary importance.

The Spencer Foundation Award and Lecture is underwritten by the Spencer Foundation. Created by Lyle M. Spencer in 1962 to "investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world." The award is presented every two years at the APPAM Fall Research Conference.  For more information on the APPAM Fall Conference, click here.  For more information on the Spencer Foundation, click here.

The Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis and education.  With over 1,500 academic, practitioner, organizational and institutional members, APPAM promotes its mission through the annual Fall Research Conference, with the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM), the association's journal, several award programs and various activities including international and national conferences and workshops.