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English language educator , Education educator

Alan Carroll Purves, American English language educator, education educator. Fellow International Association Evaluation Education Achievement International, 1971, Coolidge Colloquium, 1994; recipient Fulbright Hayes award, 1977, 86, Leppert award, 1980, noted lecturer award University British Columbia, 1991, distinguished research award NCRE, 1994.


Purves, Alan Carroll was born on December 14, 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Edmund Randolph and Mary Carroll (Spencer) Purves.


Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University, 1953; Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1956; Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1960.


Lecturer, Hofstra College, 1956-1958; instructor, Columbia University, 1958-1961; assistant Professor of English, Barnard College, New York City, 1961-1965; examiner in humanities, Ednl. Testing Service, 1965-1968; associate Professor of English, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1968-1970; professor, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1970-1973; director curriculum laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1973-1986; director, University of Illinois (Curriculum Laboratory), 1976-1986; professor education and humanities, State University of New York, Albany, 1986-1996; professor emeritus, State University of New York, Albany, 1996; director Center for Writing and Literacy, State University of New York, Albany, 1987-1996. Staff associate Control Midwest Regional Ednl.

Laboratory, St. Ann, Missouri, 1968-1970. Consultant College Entrance Examination Board, 1987-1990, Graduate Record Examination Board, 1988-1991, New York State Foundation for Science and Technology, New York State Education Department Academy Sys. Inc., Modern Language Association.

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President Wonalancet (New Hampshire) Corporation, 1967-1969, 75-77. Member vestry Episcopalian church, 1970-1973, 77-79, 88-91, 92-94, warden 1994-1996). With Army of the United States, 1953-1955.

Member Modern Language Association, National Council Teachers English (trustee research foundation 1969-1972, 83-86, member committee research 1968-1977, 82-85, vice president 1977-1978, president 1979-1980), Newcomen Society (honorary), New York State Council, National Conference Research English, International Association for Evaluation of Educational Achievement (chairman 1986-1990), Farm Bureau (education committee 1991-1996), Wonalancet Outdoor Club (president 1965-1969), Appalachian Mountain Club, Harvard Club.


Married Anita Woodruff Parker, June 18, 1960 (deceased 1975). Children: William Carroll, Theodore Rehn. Married Anne Hathaway Nesbitt, July 14, 1976.

Edmund Randolph Purves

Mary Carroll (Spencer) Purves

Anne Hathaway Nesbitt

Anita Woodruff Parker

William Carroll Purves

Theodore Rehn Purves