Evans receives Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity

David R. Evans, professor, Department of Educational Policy Research and Administration, received a 2014 Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity from Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy during Faculty Convocation. This Award was created to annually recognize faculty achievements and current campus initiatives that bring national and international renown to the University.
Evans is the founding member and director of the College of Education’s Center for International Education (CIE). Over the past 45 years, he has built the center into a leader in international education, developing collaborative relationships with such agencies as the World Bank, UNESCO, USAID, and the Peace Corps to bring innovative, highly effective education initiatives to many of the world’s most deprived and war-torn nations.
Evans, along with his colleagues at CIE and across the College, has been involved in educational projects in Latin America, Asia, and Africa that have generated $80 million in grants and contracts. For the past decade he has focused on developing education in Afghanistan and is principal investigator for a $24-million, five-year contract funded by USAID to further develop higher-education capacity in that country. He served in the same capacity for the USAID-funded Afghanistan Higher Education Project, which generated $21.2 million in funding over the past three years.
Evans has also had an impact on students on campus in Amherst. More than 250 doctoral students and 230 master’s students have graduated from the College of Education with degrees in international education, the College’s academic program closely associated with CIE.
Evans was recently named an Honorary Fellow of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of comparative and international education.