Curry Dominates Edu-Scholars List

Curry School Dean Robert Pianta was again named the 19th most influential university-based scholar in the 2013 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings, published by Education Week.  The rankings name the top 168 university-based scholars contributing to the public debate about education.

Carol Tomlinson, Curry professor and world renowned expert on differentiated instruction, rose to the 20th ranking spot this year.  Also included are former dean and Newton and Rita Meyers Professor in Economics of Education, David Breneman and professor of Education Policy Sarah E. Turner.

Michelle Young, professor in the Administration & Supervision program and director of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) was on the list. Newcomers to the list this year were Curry School Director of the Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness, James Wyckoff, and Daphna Bassok, assistant professor in Leadership, Foundations and Policy.

Two faculty members associated with Curry research centers were included in the list again. James Ryan, distinguished professor of law and of civil liberties and human rights is a scholar with Curry’s Ed Policy Works Center, and Daniel Willingham, professor of psychology at U.Va. and scholar with Curry’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning.

According to Rick Hess, the rankings, “offer a useful, if imperfect, gauge of the public impact edu-scholars had in 2012, both due to short-term activity and longer-term contributions. The rubric reflects both a scholar’s body of academic work—encompassing books, articles, and the degree to which these are cited—and their 2012 footprint on the public discourse.”

The scoring rubric for the rankings was a combination of eight factors.  The first, the Google Scholar score, measures publications in which the author is widely cited.  Book points, the second, gathered the total number of books a scholar had either authored, co-authored or edited via Amazon.  The third measure was the author’s highest-ranked book on Amazon.  The next four were the number of times a scholar was quoted or mentioned in four areas: education press, blogs, newspapers and the Congressional Record.

The final and newest measurement was the Klout Score which measures the scholar’s presence on the social network Twitter. Education Weekly noted that, “The Klout score is a number between 0 and 100 that reflects how often an individual is retweeted, mentioned, followed, listed, and answered. That total was divided by 10 to calculate the score, yielding a maximum score of 10. If a scholar was on Twitter but did not have a Klout score, then they scored a zero.”

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