He was nominated for the accolade by the British Educational Research Association.
Michael Bassey, its academic secretary, said: "David is par excellence the link between educational researchers and teachers in the classroom and we felt he deserved recognition for this important role."
The Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences was established in 1999. There are currently about 300 academicians.
Bob Doe, editor of The TES, said: "We are all aware of how hard David has worked to promote important educational research. His recognition is well-deserved but The TES is honoured by it as well."