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Coming Next Week: 2019 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings

By Rick Hess — January 04, 2019 1 min read

Just a heads up, next week we’ll be running the 2019 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. We’ll be recognizing and ranking the 200 edu-scholars who had the biggest influence on the nation’s education discourse last year. The exercise is designed to balance academe’s unfortunate tendency to discount scholars that make real, relevant contributions to vital public policy debates.

The Public Influence Rankings aim to recognize university-based education scholars, of any discipline or bent, for their contributions to the public square. Edu-scholar influence encompasses both the corpus of one’s scholarly work and one’s centrality to public discussion in the past year. After all, a scholar’s influence is a product of several factors, including their body of scholarship, the degree to which their work has influenced today’s researchers, their willingness to wade into public discourse, and the energy and effectiveness with which they write for and speak to popular audiences.

The 200 ranked scholars include the top finishers from 2018 and at-large selections chosen by the RHSU Selection Committee, a group of 29 accomplished and disciplinarily, intellectually, and geographically diverse scholars (the full list will be posted and acknowledged next week). Bottom line: Regardless of where they rank, each of the 200 scholars deserves a lot of credit just for cracking the list. And, since that credit isn’t always forthcoming in academe, I’m hoping we can help correct for that—if only a little.

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