John S. Cruickshank is the Staff Associate for Policy in the Office of the Assistant Director (OAD) and the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). John is the Directorate Independent Research and Development (IR/D) Expert and Ethics Official. John's responsibilities include policy, grant, and conflict management of educational research programs. He advises the Directorate and Division leadership about the portfolio of awards and investments and compliance with NSF and Federal policies.
John leads Micronesia and South Pacific outreach and technical assistance, building capacity and broadening participation to underserved Pacific Islander-serving institutions 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. He has also advised Independent Samoa on international collaborations as well as the Philippines, South Korea, and Taiwan in East Asia. In his Pacific work John has briefed high-level leaders including Heads of State, Governors, Ambassadors, and Ministers and has been interviewed on TV, in the newspapers, and on the radio.
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 since 1986 and in his more than three decades of public service has received many awards and honors. In 2012 he delivered the Commencement Address at Guam Community College. In 2011 he was the recipient of the NSF Director's Award for Superior Accomplishment for his innovative outreach model to the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI) Region. In 2009 the Guam Legislature awarded him a Resolution for his Federal advocacy of Guam and Micronesia. In 2004 and 1996 he received the Director's Award for Excellence for grant management.