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University of Portland to host education specialist and alumnus W. James Popham on Thursday, Oct. 24

University of Portland will host education specialist and alumnus W. James Popham Thursday, Oct. 24 from 5-6:30 p.m., in Buckley Center Auditorium on campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the School of Education.

Popham is one of the nation’s leading authorities on educational assessment, teaching, and leading. He graduated cum laude from University of Portland in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and received his master’s degree in education a year later. During his address, Popham will discuss Oregon’s Senate Bill 290, which directs the State Board of Education to adopt core-teaching standards to improve student academic growth and learning. He will talk on how this state bill correlates with national trends and local practices on teacher assessment.

He is the author of more than 20 books and 300 articles and papers, including his new book Evaluating America’s Teacher: Mission Possible? He has been an active leader in regional and national organizations that promote educational evaluation. Throughout his career he has presented papers, created videos for classroom use, and has edited and written books on the subject, including Educational Evaluation, one of the first textbooks on that subject to be used in introductory education classes.

Popham began his career in education as a teacher in a small eastern Oregon high school where he taught English and social studies while serving as yearbook advisor, class sponsor, and tennis coach. He spent nearly 30 years at UCLA where he taught courses in instructional methods for prospective teachers as well as courses in evaluation and measurement for graduate students. While teaching at UCLA, Popham created and served as director of the Instructional Objectives Exchange, a clearinghouse for behavioral objectives for educators, and also worked with the Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development. He was the recipient of numerous awards during his career including the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award (1968), the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indiana University School of Education (1985), and UCLA professor emeritus (1991).

He has served on editorial boards of several major research and evaluation journals during his career. In 1969, he served as president of the California Educational Research Association and in 1977 he was elected president of the American Educational Research Association, both positions he served a term of one year. He is also the founding editor of the quarterly publication Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

This event will feature Popham’s keynote address, networking reception, and book signing.

For more information, please contact Peter Hamilton at or 503-943-7513.

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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