Don Heller - Background


I am Professor of Education and Senior Scientist at The Pennsylvania State University. From July 2007 through July 2011 I was Director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Penn State. In January 2012 I will begin a new position as Dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University.

If you are interested in more information about my background beyond what you see on this page, you can download a copy of my CV in PDF format. You can also view a brief biography, also in PDF format.

In addition to my work at Penn State, I also do higher education policy research and consulting. Over the course of my career I have consulted with or conducted research for the following organizations:

In addition, I have been an expert or consulting witness in the following federal lawsuits:

Prior to my appointment in January 2002 at Penn State, I was an Assistant Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE) at the University of Michigan School of Education.

In the past I have taught at the University of Massachusetts School of Education, Amherst, MA, and the University of Massachusetts Graduate College of Education, Boston.

I did my graduate training in the Higher Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). I also have an Ed.M. degree from HGSE, and a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Tufts University, home of the Jumbos - the monsters of the NESCAC.

Prior to returning to graduate school, I was an information technology manager in charge of administrative computing at MIT.

In addition to my research, teaching, and consulting, I was appointed in 1994 by Governor William Weld to the Massachusetts Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth. The Commission, the first of its kind in the nation, is charged with investigating ways to eliminate the discrimination and prejudice faced by gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth in Massachusetts. Having left Massachusetts, I am no longer a Commission member though I've continued some of this work as a member of the Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equity here at Penn State.

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