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111 James Earl Russell

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July 1, 1864 - Novemeber 4, 1945



Personal Data

Born: July 1, 1864 Hamden, NY

Died: November 4, 1945 Trenton, Mercer Co., NJ

Children: four sons--William, Charles, James, John

First wife: Myrtie Agnes Fletcher, June 19, 1889, Delhi, Del Co., NY

Second wife: Alice Forman Wyckoff, January 24, 1929 Mercer Co., NJ 




A.B. Philosophy, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1887 

Ph.D. Philosophy and Psychology, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, 1895




1887-            Cascadilla School, Ithica, NY

1895-1897     Professor, Philosophy and Pedagogy, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO

1897              Head, Department of Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

1898-1926     President, Teachers College, Columbia University 

1927              Dean Emeritus, Teachers College, Columbia University 

1931              Retired as Professor of education



Awards and Honors

Credited with recruiting most creative thinking educators



Membership-Professional Organizations

1926-1930 President, American Association for Adult Education (AAAE)






1895     The Extension of University Teaching in England and America: Study in practical pedagogics. Doctoral dissertation, University of Leipzig.

1912     Industrial education. (with F. G. Bonser). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

1916     German higher schools: The history, organization and methods of secondary education in Germany. New York, NY: Longmans, Green.

1922     The trend in American education. New York, NY: American Book. 

1937     Founding of Teachers College: Reminiscences of the Dean Emeritus. New York, NY Teachers College, Columbia University.

1965     Change and challenge in American education. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. 



Professional Interest Areas

The importance of research in education 

High level of professional training for educators 

Improving American education system

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H programs

Studied foreign school systems



Major Contributions to Adult Education

Developed four goals of teacher education

Established Speyer School (1902) and the Lincoln School (1917)

Increased enrollment in Teachers College from 169 to approximately 5,000

Established a faculty of women and men who became leaders in field




Additional Resources



Photo Gallery






Interesting Facts

James Earl Russell had a special interest in the scientific breeding of cattle.



Amazon.com: James Earl Russell: Books. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3AJames%20Earl%20Russell 


Earl Russell: Biography from Answers.com. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.answers.com/topic/earl-russell 


Teachers College. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.tc.columbia.edu/inauguration/index.asp?Id=TC+Tradition&Info=The+Presidents+of+Teachers+College 








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