Robert Teranishi,an associate professor of higher education in Steinhardt’s Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology, has been appointed to the Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission. Teranishi is among 28 education advocates, civil rights leaders, scholars, lawyers, and corporate leaders named to the commission by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The Commission will examine the impact of school finance on educational opportunity.
Teranishi is co-director for the Institute for Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings, and a faculty affiliate with the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy. His research has been influential to federal, state, and institution policy related to college access, campus climate, and college affordability, as well as recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action and school desegregation. Teranishi is the recipient of the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award from NYU and was recently named one of the nation’s top “up-and-coming” leaders by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. His most recent book is Asians in the Ivory Tower: Dilemmas of Racial Inequality in American Higher Education (Teacher’s College Press, 2010).