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RCC Scholar-in-Residence Joins American Academy of Arts and Sciences

RCC Scholar-in-Residence Joins American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Edmund Gordon, RCC Scholar-in-Residence.

DATE: October 23, 2017

Dr. Edmund Gordon elected as fellow of prestigious society


RAMAPO – Dr. Edmund Gordon, Rockland Community College Scholar-in-Residence for over a decade, is now a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). Dr. Gordon was elected recently to this prestigious honorary society in recognition of his long and influential career in education.

Dr. Gordon is an educational psychologist primarily interested in the development of African-Americans and other historically disadvantaged students, widely known for his research on the subject. His career spans professional practice and scholarly life, having served as a minister, clinical and counseling psychologist, research scientist, author, editor, and professor.

In 1965, he played a key role in the development of the federal Head Start program, and in 1974 founded the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at the Teachers College at Columbia University. Now 96 years old, Dr. Gordon counts legendary authors and philosophers W. E. B. Du Bois and Alain Locke as mentors who influenced him early in his professional life.

In 2006, the RCC Board of Trustees named Dr. Gordon as a Scholar-in-Residence. He helped create the College’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), and made himself available to faculty involved in projects surrounding student success.

With his family, Dr. Gordon also founded the CEJJES Institute in 2001. The Pomona-based organization promotes social justice, health and education, and supports the well-being of marginalized communities, particularly children. The Institute and members of the Gordon family were honored by the RCC Foundation at its most recent Leadership Awards event in March.

Election to the AAAS is just the latest in a long line of honors for Dr. Gordon, who is a fellow in several other professional associations. He is also a Professor Emeritus at both Yale University and Columbia University.

Dr. Gordon and his wife were founding members of the Spring Valley NAACP and were inducted into the Rockland County Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Dr. Susan Gordon, who passed away in 2016, was a local pediatrician and supporter of numerous social justice causes.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers. For more information on AAAS, visit