Four to be honored with the Purdue Distinguished Education Alumni Award

October 28, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Dorothy Lawshe, Marsha Link, Sidney Moon and Daniel Stufflebeam will receive the Purdue University College of Education’s highest alumni honor on Friday (Oct. 30) at Marriot Hall.

The College of Education presents Distinguished Education Alumni Awards to recognize notable professional achievements of college alumni. The honorees are selected by the college leadership and are recognized every two years.

Dorothy Lawshe spent nearly 50 years in education, half of that as a tireless advocate for gifted children. Her work has helped thousands of high-ability youth in Indiana and Michigan, especially those from underserved populations. She was the founding director of Michigan State University’s Office of Gifted and Talented Education. An endowed fund at MSU named for Lawshe continues her mission to provide children from disadvantaged backgrounds with access to talent development programs.

Marsha Link is the founder and principal of Link Consulting Group, specializing in executive coaching, leadership development and organizational effectiveness. Her work has focused on the professional development and advancement of women in the health-care industry, specifically in ophthalmology. Link is president of Ophthalmic Women Leaders, a nonprofit group that believes diverse leadership results in better outcomes.

Sidney Moon is professor emerita of gifted, creative and talented studies in Purdue’s College of Education. During her 30-year career with the college, she served as associate dean for learning and engagement and as director of the Gifted Education Resource Institute. Moon is a prolific scholar whose work continues to benefit gifted people around the world. In 2013, the National Association for Gifted Children recognized her achievements and dedication with the Distinguished Service Award.

Daniel L. Stufflebeam is a thought leader in the field of assessment whose work has played a major role in shaping educational evaluation. He retired from Western Michigan University as a distinguished university professor and McKee Professor of Education. He founded the Evaluation Center at Ohio State University in 1965 and relocated it to WMU in 1973. His Context, Input, Process and Product Evaluation Model was one of the first models used for program evaluation and is still used today. He directed the development of more than 100 standardized achievement tests, including the GED.

Purdue’s College of Education meets the challenges of educating 21st Century learners by discovering what works in education. The college prepares highly qualified educators and conducts research that informs how teachers teach and students learn. With a focus on integrated P-12 STEM education and a commitment to social justice and diversity, graduates are prepared to be leaders in education, business and society. 

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