William Sedlacek is a Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. He specializes in alternative admissions measures that are more fair for women, people of color and international students. These measures are also particularly useful in teaching, advising, and student development programs.
He is senior author of Racism in American education: A model for change (with Brooks), and a measure of racial attitudes, The Situational Attitude Scale (SAS). He authored Beyond the big test: Noncognitive assessment in higher education and has published extensively in professional journals on a wide range of topics including racism, sexism, college admissions, advising, and employee selection.
He has served as editor of Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development. Also, he has consulted with more than 300 different organizations, colleges, and universities on interracial and intercultural issues, and has served as an expert witness in race and sex discrimination cases. In 1992, he received the Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Research Award “for research affecting directional changes in the field of counseling and college student personnel work” which was presented by the American Counseling Association (ACA). In 1993, he received the John B. Muir Editor’s Award from the National Association for College Admission Counseling for his article entitled “Employing noncognitive variables in the admission and retention of nontraditional students.”
In 1997, he received the research award from ACA for his article entitled “An empirical method of determining nontraditional group status” published in Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development. In 1998, he was named a Senior Scholar by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and became a Diplomate in 2003.
In 2002, he was recognized by ACPA as a Diamond Honoree, for his service and research in student affairs and in 2004 he received the Contribution to Knowledge Award from ACPA for “outstanding contributions to the profession’s body of knowledge through publications, films, speeches, instructions, tapes, and other forms of communication.”
In 2005 he received the Campus Model of Excellence Award for “affecting the lives of African Americans”, from the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education at the University of Maryland.
In 2010 he was made a Fellow of the American Counseling Association for “significant and unique contributions to scientific achievement in the counseling profession.”
He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Iowa State University and a Ph. D. from Kansas State University.