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William Sedlacek

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William E. Sedlacek is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from Iowa State University and a Ph. D. from Kansas State University.

He is senior author of Racism in American Education: A Model for Change (with Brooks), and a measure of racial attitudes, The Situational Attitude Scale (SAS). He authored Beyond the Big Test: Noncognitive Assessment in Higher Education. He has also published more than 350 articles in professional journals on a wide range of topics including racism, sexism, college admissions, advising, and employee selection.

William has served as editor of Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development. Also, he has consulted with more than 300 different organizations, colleges, and universities on interracial and intercultural issues, and has served as an expert witness in race and sex discrimination cases. In 1992, he received the Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Research Award for research affecting directional changes in the field of counseling and college student personnel work which was presented by the American Counseling Association (ACA). In 1993, he received the John B. Muir Editors Award from the National Association for College Admission Counseling for his article entitled Employing Noncognitive Variables in the Admission and Retention of Nontraditional Students.

In 1997, he received the research award from ACA for his article entitled An Empirical Method of Determining Nontraditional Group Status published in Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development. In 1998, he was named a Senior Scholar by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and became a Diplomate in 2003.

In 2002, he was recognized by ACPA as a Diamond Honoree, for his service and research in student affairs and in 2004 he received the Contribution to Knowledge Award from ACPA for outstanding contributions to the professions body of knowledge through publications, films, speeches, instructions, tapes, and other forms of communication. In 2005 he received a Campus Model of Excellence award from the Office of Multi-Ethnic Education at the University of Maryland for research affecting the lives of African Americans.

In 2010 he was made a Fellow of The American Counseling Association for significant and unique contributions to scientific achievement in the counseling profession. In 2011 he received the William R. Bud Thomas Mentoring Award from the University of Maryland for excellence in sustained, developmental mentoring of graduate college student personnel students.

The article, Student Retention and the Use of Campus Facilities by Race in National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Journal by Mallinckrodt & Sedlacek was selected as one of 21 outstanding articles in the history of the journal.

His book, Beyond the Big Test: Noncognitive Assessment in Higher Education is available from