Penn GSE professors named to 2024 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings list

January 5, 2024
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A new year means a new version of the RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, with the 2024 edition announced yesterday by Education Week. Nine researchers from the University of Pennsylvania made the annual 200-member list, which was created by Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) to gauge the public impact of ed scholars’ contributions.

Of those, eight are professors at the Graduate School of Education. The following faculty made the list and are examples of influential scholars.

  • Angela Duckworth (No. 6), a professor of psychology (with a secondary appointment at Penn GSE).
  • Jonathan Zimmerman (No. 15), a professor of the history of education.
  • Laura W. Perna (No. 54), Penn’s Vice Provost for Faculty and a professor of higher education. Perna moved up from No. 90 last year.
  • Howard C. Stevenson (No. 66), a professor of Africana studies. His ranking moved up from No. 76 last year.
  • Richard M. Ingersoll (tied at No. 121), a professor of education and sociology.
  • Pam Grossman (No. 143), a professor of education and former Penn GSE dean.
  • Roberto G. Gonzales (No. 152), a professor of sociology and education.
  • Katharine O. Strunk (No. 165), Penn GSE Dean and George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education
  • Vivian L. Gadsden (tied at No. 189), a professor of child development and education.

The list includes the top 150 finishers from last year, augmented by at-large nominees chosen by the 39-member Selection Committee. Each scholar was scored in eight categories, such as mentions in media, books authored or edited, how high those books are ranked on Amazon, and more.

Read the full Education Week story here.