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Duquesne Education Professor Internationally Recognized for Leadership, Service

Hillman Distinguished Professor Dr. Rodney K. Hopson of Duquesne University is being honored with the Robert Ingle Service Award for his contributions and service to the American Evaluation Association (AEA).

The Ingle award is given to an individual who dedicates sustained and valuable service to the AEA, including involvement and leadership on AEA committees, task forces, topical interest groups or particularly influential roles at pivotal times in the organization's history. Hopson was selected for the award for his sustained service to the evaluation field, his consistent leadership on diversity issues and for his role in developing the AEA’s Graduate Education Diversity Internship program (GEDI).

“The Ingle Service Award is truly a high honor and one I will definitely cherish for years to come,” said Hopson. “But it's not the type of award that can be done without incredible support from family, colleagues and networks of loved ones. My work in the profession and association is not for want of award or recognition but for want for a certain type of profession and association that has been a home for me over the years.”

Hopson, who teaches in the Duquesne School of Education’s Department of Foundations and Leadership, served as director of the GEDI program from 2003-2009 and recently was elected the AEA’s 2012 president.

“Through his leadership, Dr. Hopson has helped to train and mentor future evaluators, and through his service encouraged individuals to pursue careers in evaluation,” announced AEA Awards Committee Chair Tarek Azzam.

The AEA is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology and many other forms of evaluation.

“For both his research contributions and his visionary role in founding the AEA’s diversity internship program, his colleagues in the School of Education and I join with the AEA in congratulating Dr. Hopson on this singular honor,” added Education Dean Olga Welch.

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