Eleven professors from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies department of education have made Education Week’s 2016 list of “Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings.” They include Eva Baker, Patricia Gándara, Louis Gomez, Tyrone Howard, Sylvia Hurtado, Pedro Noguera, Jeannie Oakes, Gary Orfield, Mike Rose, Marcelo Suárez-Orozco and Robert T. Teranishi.
The annual list, compiled by Rick Hess, director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute and Ed Week blogger, spotlights 200 scholars who move ideas from academic journals into the national conversation. “Simply being included in this list of 200 scholars is an honor, given the tens of thousands who might qualify,” Hess noted. Using eight metrics — from Amazon book rankings to news media mentions — Hess calculated how much university-based academics contributed to public discussions of education, with recognition for disciplinary scholarship, policy analysis and popular writing, convening and shepherding collaborations, providing incisive media commentary and speaking in the public square.
Said Suárez-Orozco, the Wasserman Dean of the UCLA school of education, “It is gratifying and humbling to see the extraordinary work” at the school reflected in these rankings. “Being represented by 11 of our professors in the top 200 of education scholars with the greatest public influence in the nation is a testament to the innovative and relevant work in UCLA’s Department of Education.”
This story is adapted from the original published in Ampersand, the education school’s online news magazine.