MSU Sociology Professor named top educational influencer

January 7, 2022

Dr. Barbara Schneider, John A. Hannah Chair and University Distinguished Professor in the College of Education and Department of Sociology, is ranked as the #74 (up from 79 in 2021) Educational Influencers in the nation.

Dr. Schneider is one of four MSU professors listed in the 12th annual Rick Hess Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings which honor 200 scholars from across the U.S. who have shaped education research, policy and practice. The listings are published by Education Week.

Other MSU scholars included are:

  • William Schmidt, University Distinguished Professor and founder and director of the Center for the Study of Curriculum Policy, at #89 (up from 120 in 2021)

  • Katharine Strunk, Clifford E. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Education, professor of education policy and faculty director of the Education Policy Innovation Collaborative, or EPIC, at #134 (up from 145 in 2021)

  • Scott Imberman, professor with appointments in the Department of Economics and the Education Policy doctoral program, at #180

The scholars were chosen by a 33-member committee made of educational scholars and leaders from institutions across the country. Google Scholar scores and mentions in newspapers and educational presses were amongst the factors included in scoring U.S. higher education faculty who research education.

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