John S. Cruickshank is the Staff Associate for Policy in the Division of Research on Learning (DRL) and the Independent Research and Development (IR/D) Expert and Conflict of Interest (COI) Official in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). John's responsibilities include policy, grant, and conflict management of educational research programs. He advises the Division and Directorate leadership about the portfolio of awards and investments and compliance with NSF and Federal policies.
John leads Micronesia and South Pacific outreach, building capacity and broadening participation in Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. In his Pacific work John has briefed high-level leaders including Heads of State, Governors, Ambassadors, and Ministers.
John earned his B.A. Cum Laude in Political Science from the State University of New York at Purchase.
John has been with the Federal Government and NSF for more than three decades of public service. In 2020 he was awarded the Ancient Order of Chamorri by the Governor of Guam, the highest civilian honor to be bestowed on a non-native resident for most valuable contribution. In 2019 he was awarded Honorary Resident and Mayoral Commendation by the Mayors' Council of Guam for his contributions to the people of Guam.