Alan Stoskopf Named a Visiting Scholar at Harvard

January 25, 2012

Alan Stoskopf, EdD, Senior Fellow in Northeastern University College of Professional Studies’ Doctor of Education program, was named a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Alan Stoskopf, EdD, Senior Fellow in Northeastern University College of Professional Studies’ Doctor of Education program, has been awarded a Visiting Scholar appointment at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) for the 2012 academic year.

While at Harvard, Dr. Stoskopf will deepen his research and writing related to curriculum, teaching, and learning. He will work closely with Robert Selman and Roy Edward Larsen Professor of Education and Human Development and Professor of Psychology in Medicine at HGSE.

Dr. Stoskopf’s projects during his Visiting Scholar year will include writing a book on the history of progressive education in urban school districts, conducting a qualitative research project with Chicago Public School teachers on the teaching and learning of history, and developing a new cross-cultural measure for assessing historical and civic understanding among adolescent learners. While at Harvard, Dr. Stoskopf will continue to work with his student advisees in the Northeastern Doctor of Education program.

Dr. Stoskopf is the author of a chapter: “Student ideas and identities in history education” in a book by M. Carretero, M. Asensio, and M. Rodriquez (Eds.) entitled History Education and the Construction of Identities forthcoming from Information Age Publishing.

Dr. Stoskopf has extensive international experience as a classroom teacher, staff developer, and educational researcher. He and a colleague at the HGSE and former EdD faculty member, Angela Bermudez, have collaborated on creating evaluation instruments for measuring student competencies in historical understanding. They recently presented their ongoing research in this area at an international symposium on history education sponsored by Autonoma University in Madrid, Spain. Stoskopf earned his doctorate in the history of education and was awarded the Bollinger Award for Doctoral Dissertation Research at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

TheDoctor of Education program builds on Northeastern University’s commitment to practitioner-oriented graduate programs. The goal of the EdD is to instill in educators and administrators the desire and ability to effect transformational change in their practice.To achieve this goal, EdD students learn within the social constructs of their courses and through communities of practice based on shared professional experiences and common interests. They engage in a collaborative, scholarly investigation of a significant problem facing educators and formulate their own solution to that problem. This engagement helps them enfold the roles of learner, researcher, and practitioner, and it fosters their self-identities as scholar practitioners.


Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) is committed to providing career-focused educational programs that are designed to accommodate the complex lives of motivated learners. Offered in a variety of innovative formats, CPS courses are taught by accomplished scholars and practitioners who have real-world experience. The result is an educational experience founded on proven scholarship, strengthened with practical application, and sustained by academic excellence.

Northeastern University is a global university with a tradition of partnership and engagement that creates an innovative, distinctive approach to education and research. Northeastern integrates classroom studies with experiential learning opportunities in 70 countries, and pursues use-inspired research with a focus on global challenges in health, security, and sustainability.