Hilton Endowed Chair

Dean Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair

Linda Darling-Hammond

linda-darling-hammond_webLinda Darling-Hammond, one of the nation’s most prestigious names in education, is the 2014-2015 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair in the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences.

Education Week described Linda Darling-Hammond as one of the nation’s 10 most influential people affecting education policy over the last decade.

“I am delighted to be able to spend time at Iowa State University, which is a leading educational institution in Iowa and nationally and which is engaged in pioneering work in teacher education and school-university partnerships,” Darling-Hammond said. “I expect to learn as much as I share.”

John Schuh, director of Iowa State’s School of Education, said Iowa State University is fortunate to have Darling-Hammond.

“She is truly one of the country’s experts on educating children and trying to address the contemporary issues related to education science,” Schuh said.


Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Education in California. Her research, teaching, and policy work focus on the issues of school restructuring, teacher education and educational equity.

She began her career as a public school teacher in Pennsylvania in 1973 and has since become the author or editor of more than 400 publications, including a dozen books, on education policy and practice. She was education adviser to President Obama’s presidential campaign and in 2008 served as the leader of Obama’s education policy transition team.

“This is a person with a fabulous national reputation,” Schuh said. “It’s wonderful affirmation of our stature as a School of Education and certainly affirms the university as a place in the constellation of higher education as a top-flight institution. She could go anywhere at anytime and institutions would be delighted to have her.”

A report that Darling-Hammond helped to craft in 1996 as executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future spurred sweeping policy changes affecting teaching and teacher education.

Her lengthy list of accomplishments include launching the School Redesign Network, the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute, and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. She also served as the faculty sponsor of the Stanford Teacher Education Program, which she helped to redesign.

She is past president of the American Educational Research Association and a two-term member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She has also received honorary doctorates from 16 universities in the United States and abroad.


Darling-Hammond visited Sept. 14-18 to consult with faculty, teacher education services staff, graduate students, and other interested parties. She provided assistance with Iowa State’s growing partnership with King and Moulton elementary schools in Des Moines, aimed at offering more low-income and minority students a pathway to college.

She will return March 31, when she will give a lecture at Iowa State. Darling-Hammond said she will probably speak about issues regarding teacher education and the strengthening of the teaching profession.

Endowed chair named after former dean

The Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair was made possible by Helen LeBaron Hilton, who from 1952 to 1975 served as dean of what was then known as the College of Home Economics. In 1993, her bequest of more than $1.4 million established the largest fully funded endowed faculty chair fund at the time to Iowa State University.

The chair is designed to bring a nationally renowned visionary to the campus to serve on a consulting basis.