Richard Light

  • Harvard University

Richard Light is the Walter H. Gale Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds positions as adjunct professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School and is director of the Harvard Seminar on Assessment and chair of the Forum on Excellence and Innovation. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1974. Dick has written seven books; Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds (2001) won the Stone Award for the best book on Education and Society in 2001. Dick chaired the Panel on American Education for the National Academy of Sciences and its project to explore changing demographics in higher education, served as president of the American Evaluation Association, and on the national board of the Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education. Dick was named by Vanderbilt University’s Chancellor’s Lecture Series as one of America’s great teachers. He is a trustee of Wellesley College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dick presented his work at the Forum’s 2004 Aspen Symposium on “Strengthening Colleges and Universities: The Harvard Assessment Seminars.” He earned his Ph.D. in statistics at Harvard.