DRE Named the 2014 Honorary Fellow of CIES!

David R. Evans was named the 2014 Honorary Fellow of the Comparative & International Education Society at the awards session during annual CIES conference in Toronto in March.  This award honors the lifetime achievement and contribution to the field of Comparative and International Education of the Fellow.  The award was established in 1982 and David is the 25th person to receive the award in the 32 years since its inception. The award letter from 2013-14 CIES President Gilbert Valverde noted:

“The Honorary Fellows Award was established by CIES to honor senior members of the Society who have distinguished themselves in a number of ways. Your tenure of life-long service through teaching, mentoring, consulting, and publishing for over 50 years more than qualifies you in this category. Having chaired 80 completed doctoral dissertation committees and serving on approximately 150 Masters committees, your contribution to future comparativists is one not to be rivaled. Your students have gone on to serve as ambassadors of the United States and other nations.

Your service to multiple agencies, including UNESCO, UNDP, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, USAID, ISIS, Peace Corps, and so many others is yet another contribution you have made to our field. The number of countries in which you have served is awe inspiring. And while completing all of this important work, you still found time to author or co-author over 45 publications, papers, reports, and conference papers.

This award was established to recognize those scholars who have made the most marked contribution to growth in the field of comparative and international education. Your nomination for this award was supported by several distinguished scholars in the field, many with extended commentaries on the nature and significance of your contributions to the field in general and over 45 years of active participation and service to CIES.  The CIES Honorary Fellows Award is indeed a unique distinction that reflects not only your intellectual contributions and leadership, but also the high esteem in which you are held by your professional colleagues.”


In his acceptance remarks (read by Cris Smith, as David was unable to attend the conference), David commented that:


I am deeply honored to accept this award from CIES.  My career and the development of CIE have been closely intertwined, as I have been the Director of CIE for the past 40 years.  In a very real sense, I accept this award not only on behalf of my own work as a CIES member, but also on behalf of the contribution of CIE/UMass to the field and to the society.


From its inception, CIE has been committed to developing graduate degree programs that emphasize the production of scholar-practitioners – what we have come to call “deep practitioners” – who combine theoretical, academic knowledge with experience and applied skills.  A deep practitioner not only knows how to work effectively in development contexts, but also has an understanding of the theoretical basis for this work and is able to reflect on its conceptual and academic implications.