Prof. Gavriel Salomon, who guided the transition of the School of Education into the higher ranking of a Faculty in the 1990s and served as its first Dean, received the Israel Prize in Education for 2001. The Israel Prizes, awarded annually in a nationally televised ceremony on Israel Independence Day, are the country's highest civilian achievement awards.
The professional committee that made the recommendation was in perfect agreement that the 62-year-old educator has made seminal contributions to major theoretical, empirical, and methodological issues in educational research. Two major fields of expertise, on which he has written books, chapters in books, and a host of articles published in scholarly journals, cover the areas of computerized learning and communication and education. For the past few years, Salomon has also become involved in peace education, and last year founded the Center for the Study of Peace Education at the University.
A native of Israel, Salomon earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees at the Hebrew University and then went to Stanford University for a doctorate in educational psychology and communication. In the mid-1970s, he took a year's leave of absence from the Hebrew University, where he had been teaching, to serve as Head of Psychological Services in the Sinai for the Israel Defense Forces, holding the rank of major. Salomon has also taught at a number of universities both in Israel and abroad - Harvard, Stanford, Michigan, and USC. He came to the University of Haifa in 1992 after a five-year stint as a professor at the University of Arizona.
Gavriel Salomon's research and writings have earned him various honors and awards in Israel and abroad, the most prestigious of them up to now having been his conferment with an honorary doctorate by the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, in February 1999. Last June, delivered the invited keynote address, on the educational rationale, to the World Conference on Educational Media, Hypermedia, and Telecommunication in Montreal. The year before, he had been invited to give the keynote address at the 3rd International Cognitive Technology Congress in San Francisco. His topic: "Is there light at the end of the Internet?" More recently he has been invited to give keynote addresses on peace education and its study at international meetings in Poland, Belgium, and Austria.
Married, with two daughters and five grandchildren, the University's newest Israel Prize winner continues to forge ahead with ideas on how education can best face the challenges of the information age and on outlining a research and evaluation agenda in the area of peace education.