Douglas Willms, Professor and Director of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy at the University of New Brunswick (UNB), has been elected to become a Fellow of the International Academy of Education (IAE). The IAE is dedicated to strengthening the contributions of research, solving critical educational problems throughout the world, and providing better communication among policy makers, researchers and practitioners.

Dr. Willms is known internationally for his research in the areas of youth literacy, children’s health, the accountability of schooling systems, and the assessment of national education reforms. He is also recognized for his efforts in training new investigators in the analysis of complex multilevel data. The school evaluation systems developed by Willms and his colleagues for assessing early childhood outcomes and adolescents’ engagement in school are used widely in New Brunswick and across Canada.

The seat of the IAE, which was founded in 1986, is at the Royal Academy of Science, Literature and Arts in Brussels, Belgium. Willms be inducted into the Academy at its General Assembly in Mexico City on September 30. The Academy currently includes 38 scholars world-wide. Willms will be the first Canadian Fellow.