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UW-Madison’s Apple receives Distinguished Alumnus Award from Rowan University

May 31, 2017

UW-Madison’s Michael Apple delivered remarks during a commencement celebration for Rowan University’s College of Education on Wednesday, May 10.

Michael Apple
Michael Apple takes in the commencement celebration for
Rowan University's College of Education on May 10.
(Rowan University photo)
“Even though I’m a well-known professor and the author of many award-winning books, if someone asks me what I do, the first word out of my mouth is that I’m a teacher,” Apple told those in attendance, according to this Rowan University news report.

Apple also received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Rowan University Alumni Association during his visit to the Glassboro, N.J., campus.

Apple, a 1967 alumnus of Rowan University, has spent nearly half a century on the UW-Madison campus and is recognized across the world as one of the most important and influential education scholars of our time. In particular, he has made significant contributions to the development of critical educational theory, research and practice.

The John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies with UW-Madison’s School of Education, Apple has written extensively on the policies of educational reform, on the relationship between culture and power, and on education for social justice.  Apple’s books, “Ideology and Curriculum,” and “Official Knowledge,” were listed as being among the 50 most significant education books during the 20th century.

Michael Apple
Michael Apple delivers remarks on May 10 at Rowan
University in Glassboro, N.J. (Rowan University photo)
Apple, who is retiring as a full-time faculty member from UW-Madison at the end of the month, is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association and has received 13  honorary degrees or equivalent from institutions across the world. Such honors are among the highest in academia, and usually are conferred as a way of recognizing a distinguished visitor’s contributions to a specific area of study -- or to society as a whole.

In recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the field of education, he accepted the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Rowan University Alumni Association. The award recognizes an alumnus who has personified the university’s tradition of excellence and brought credit to the institution through accomplishment and service.

To read more about his visit to Rowan University, check out this university report.

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