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After completing his undergraduate degree in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Edward Haertel worked from 1971 to 1975 at the University of Wisconsin’s Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning, one of the R&D Centers funded at that time by the National Institute of Education. From 1975 to 1980, he attended the University of Chicago, earning his doctorate in the Department of Education’s program on Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistical Analysis (MESA). He then spent one year as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle before joining the Stanford University School of Education as an assistant professor in September 1980. Haertel remained at Stanford for the remainder of his professional career, receiving tenure in 1987 and advancing to the rank of full professor in 1992. He became emeritus in 2013, continuing to teach half time through 2014. During his time at Stanford, Haertel spent several quarters in Washington, DC as a Research Fellow at the National Center for Education Statistics. He also spent one year at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. From 2005 to 2011, Haertel served as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the School of Education. He was named to an endowed chair as the Jacks Family Professor of Education in 2008.