David Parker
David Parker
David Parker, research director for ServeMinnesota, is one of 23 emerging rising leaders from the University of Minnesota's College of Education & Human Development (CEHD) recognized in a new web profile series who have achieved early distinction in their careers, demonstrated emerging leadership, or shown exceptional volunteer service in their communities.

Parker, a Kingsland High School graduate who now lives in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., is among the most promising scholars and leaders in educational psychology. As a researcher, he has already published 16 articles in top research journals on assessment and intervention for students struggling with early literacy. He also co-developed programming and training content for AmeriCorps tutors to support at-risk learners and their families.

Parker was recognized by the Society for the Study of School Psychology as one of the top early career scholars in school psychology. He is becoming one of Minnesota's most influential voices regarding important educational issues and remains convinced that all children are capable of meaningful learning.

Titled "CEHD Rising Alumni," the web series - www.cehd.umn.edu/alumni/rising -- features brief, yet informative, individual profiles highlighting the tangible effect of the college's faculty and academic programs on its graduates as well as offering practical career advice for young professionals.

Recognized alumni represent the college's eight academic departments and were selected by the CEHD Alumni Society Board comprised of alumni volunteers. Since 1956, the CEHD Alumni Society has been committed to creating lifelong connections with alumni through programming and recognition; enhancing the current student experience; and advocating for the college and University. The society represents more than 70,000 CEHD alumni who live in Minnesota, across the United States, and abroad. It is the University of Minnesota's second-largest alumni society.

Parker's profile is at http://www.cehd.umn.edu/alumni/rising/2014/Parker.html.