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Alan J. DeYoung, Ph.D., Stanford University, 1975.  Professor Emeritus

Dr. DeYoung (vita in PDF) came to UK from Florida State University in 1977. In addition, he held a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology, and has served as a Faculty Associate and as Associate Director of the UK Appalachian Center in years past.

Dr. DeYoung holds a Ph.D. in Anthropological and Sociological Studies in Education from Stanford University, as well as an M.A. in Child Development, also from Stanford. He served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky, where he has been on the faculty for more than 30 years. Dr. DeYoung has taught courses in Sociology of Education, Policy Issues in Education, and Education in American Culture. He has also occasionally taught Comparative Education, since he has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Aukland (New Zealand), the University of Rome, Almaty State University (Kazakstan), and the World Language Institute of the National Pedagogical University of the Kyrgyz Republic. He is a four-time Fulbright Scholar.

Dr. DeYoung has two general areas of research interest. One is in rural schools and in the sociology, politics, and economics of educational change in rural America. The other is in educational transformations within the former Soviet Union, particularly Central Asia. Under the first interest area, he has published numerous articles and book chapters on Appalachian schools in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and he has authored or edited three books on issues in rural education. In 1996, Dr. DeYoung won the national research award of the National Rural Education Association for his book Life and Death of a Rural American High School, a work about school consolidation in West Virginia. His more recent work focuses upon educational dynamics in post-Soviet Central Asia, particularly Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. In addition to a dozen journal articles and book chapters on school issues and problems in these countries, he has two recent books on secondary and higher education issues in Kyrgyzstan: Surviving the Transition?: Case Studies of Schools and School Reform in the Kyrgyz Republic since Independence (2006) and Lost in Transition: Redefining Students and Universities in the Contemporary Kyrgyz Republic (2011). DeYoung’s Central Asian research undertakings have been supported by several international and American funding sources. Among them was the John J. and Nancy Lee Roberts Fellowship, a prestigious award administered by the International Research Exchanges Board (IREX) of the US State Department.