UW-Madison’s David Kaplan has been named the Max Kade Visiting Professor at the Institut für Bildungswissenshaft (Institute for Education Science) at the University of Heidelberg for the Fall semester 2021. Kaplan is the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology. Kaplan has held numerous visiting scholar positions and professorships in Germany, including receiving the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in 2015 with a corresponding research affiliation at the Leibniz Institute for Education Research in Frankfurt am Main. Kaplan was the Johann von Spix International Visiting Professor at the University of Bamberg in 2018 and is currently a Research Affiliate of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories in Bamberg. While at Heidelberg, Kaplan will conduct research and university-wide workshops and lectures on the development and application of Bayesian statistical methods with a focus on international large-scale educational assessments.
From the Max Kade Foundation’s website “The Max Kade Foundation takes pride in participating and sponsoring various programs which encourage the exchange of academic ideas among universities and colleges both here in the United States and in German-speaking countries. In this ever-changing global society, the fostering of cross-cultural understanding has become more important than ever before. The Foundation supports initiatives which promote international understanding by sponsoring exchange programs between Germany, Austria and the United States such as post-doctoral research exchange programs, visiting faculty exchange programs, and exchange programs of undergraduate and graduate students both here and abroad.”
The University of Heidelberg is one of the world’s “ancient universities” having been established in 1386. Today, it is considered one of the world’s premier research universities and in 2021 was ranked #54 in the world and #2 in Germany by US News and World Report. The Institute for Education Science is committed to rigorous scientific and socially relevant research in education with a strong focus on interdisciplinary and internationally connected projects.