Donald N. Langenberg was educated at Iowa State University (B.S.), the University of California, Los Angeles (M.S.), and the University of...
Donald N. Langenberg was educated at Iowa State University (B.S.), the University of California, Los Angeles (M.S.), and the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.). All his earned degrees are in physics. He also holds honorary degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (M.A. and D.Sc.), from the State University of New York (D.Sc.) and Gallaudet (D.H.L.) After a postdoctoral year at Oxford University, Dr. Langenberg joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1960, as Assistant Professor of Physics. He held the rank of Professor of Physics from 1967 to 1983, and had a secondary appointment as Professor of Electrical Engineering and Science from 1976 to 1983. In February 1983, Dr. Langenberg became Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he also held the rank of Professor of Physics. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of The Education Trust, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Council for Science and the Environment. Dr. Langenberg is a nationally recognized leader in education issues, particularly K-16 education partnerships and information technology as a revolutionary change agent in higher education. He was appointed chairman of the National Reading Panel (NRP) in 1998 by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The Panel was charged by Congress to study the effectiveness of various approaches to teaching children how to read and to report on the best ways of applying its findings in the classroom and the home. He currently serves as Chairman of the National Research Council's Committee on Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation.