Three Faculty Rated Top Educational Policy Influencers
Three BU Wheelock faculty members—Dean David Chard and associate professors Anthony Jack and Joshua Goodman—were recently named among the most influential 200 university-based scholars in educational policy and practice.
Rick Hess, a noted scholar and director of educational policy at the American Enterprise Institute, releases the annual Edu-Scholar Public Influence rankings on his Education Week blog, Rick Hess Straight Up. To derive his rankings, Hess and his selection committee use a variety of metrics, including Google Scholar citations and social media, to gauge scholars’ influence. Chard and Goodman are 132nd and 174th respectively, and BU Wheelock newcomer Jack is 150th. All three were also included on the list last year.
“I’m honored to be considered one of the 200 top scholars influencing public education practice and policy. I’m even more excited to see that more of my colleagues at BU Wheelock are included on this list,” says Chard. “We strive at BU Wheelock to produce research that matters and we are doing that in many more fields than are reflected in this survey alone.”
Scholars on this list don’t limit the conversation on educational policy to their peers; they make conscious efforts to make their research meaningful and understandable to those outside the halls of academe.
“I’m thrilled to be in the company of scholars whose work is changing education systems for the better,” says Goodman, who is also a faculty affiliate with the Wheelock Educational Policy Institute. “It takes real work to ensure that the good ideas produced by academic research have an impact in the world.”
“The academy now more than ever needs more scholars to speak not just to peers, but to the broader society,” adds Jack, who is both a faculty member in the Higher Education Administration program and faculty director of the Newbury Center. “It is an honor to be on this list alongside those who are championing research and rigor over rhetoric.”