Samuel J. Meisels, Ed.D. Founding Executive Director, Buffett Early Childhood Institute

Samuel J. Meisels is the founding executive director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska and a professor of child, youth and family studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He holds courtesy appointments as a professor in the College of Public Affairs at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, the College of Public Health in the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and the College of Education at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

A former preschool, kindergarten, and first-grade teacher, he was senior advisor in early childhood development for the Developmental Evaluation Clinic of Boston Children's Hospital and before that was a professor in the Department of Child Study at Tufts University and director of the Eliot-Pearson Children's School. For 21 years, he was on the faculty at the University of Michigan, where he is now professor and research scientist emeritus. In 2002 he became the president of Erikson Institute, the nation's leading graduate school in child development.

A leading authority on the assessment of young children, Meisels has published nearly 200 research articles, books, monographs, and assessments, and is co-author of “The Handbook of Early Childhood Intervention,” the “Work Sampling System,” and other early childhood assessments. His research focuses on the development of alternative assessment strategies for young children; the impact of high-stakes testing on children and teachers; and developmental screening. He holds a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Roosevelt University.