John Thelin, university research professor in educational policy studies and evaluation in the University of Kentucky College of Education, was recently quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The article titled, “Have Money, Will Travel: the Quest for Top Athletes,” appears in the Aug. 1 issue of the publication.
An expert in the arena of collegiate athletics, Thelin serves on the advisory and editorial board for the National Collegiate Athletics Association Scholarly Colloquium on College Sports. The article examines the trends in recruiting expenditures of colleges and universities, many of which have doubled or tripled over the last 10 years.
A 1969 alumnus of Brown University, Thelin earned a master’s degree in American history and a doctorate in the history of education and was a Regents Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Thelin joined the University of Kentucky College of Education faculty in 1996. His teaching and research interests focus on the history of higher education and public policy. His latest book is “A History of American Higher Education,” published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Its distinctive approach is to emphasize the history of colleges and universities — especially campus life — as part of American popular culture.
In spring 2004, Thelin was selected by the UK Alumni Association to receive one of its “Great Teacher” awards. He received the University Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006. In April 2007, the American Educational Research Association conferred on him the Exemplary Research Award for Division J: Postsecondary and Higher Education Research. He also has been recognized recently by the National Education Association and Omicron Delta Kappa‘s national organization