Researchers inducted as fellows of American Educational Research Association

Two Florida State University faculty members — Donald Compton and Carolyn Herrington — have been named fellows of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Compton, a professor of developmental psychology who is affiliated with the Florida Center for Reading Research, and Herrington, a professor of educational policy and director of Florida State’s Educational Policy Center, were selected for the honor to recognize their substantial research accomplishments and sustained commitment to excellence in research about education and learning.

They were among 22 fellows inducted by the association April 9 in Washington, D.C.

“FSU is fortunate to have faculty members of the caliber of Herrington and Compton,” said Janet Kistner, vice president for Faculty Development and Advancement. “Their selection as fellows of the American Educational Research Association reflects the high quality and impact of their research on the field of education.”

Compton is one of the world’s leading researchers in his field. His research examines individual differences in children’s reading development and the treatment of children with reading disabilities.

“It’s a wonderful honor to be recognized as an AERA Fellow,” Compton said. “The list of fellows is absolutely inspiring and to now be included in the group is truly amazing.”

Herrington’s research focuses on the politics and policies of educational reform with an emphasis on the role of the state.

“I am thrilled to have been recognized by my peers and to join such impressive company,” Herrington said. “Most of my work has been on educational policy at the state level. As a faculty member at FSU in Tallahassee, the state capitol, I have benefited from immeasurable opportunities to focus on educational policy issues that matter.

“FSU has a very strong research-focused college of education,” she said. “The dean of the college and the chair of my department have supported me at every turn. Most of all, I am thankful for the support of the colleagues in my department.”