News and Commentary
Congratulations to Dr. John M. Braxton, Professor of Higher Education in the Leadership, Policy, and Organizations Department, on receiving the 2016 ASHE Research Achievement Award. T
his award is "Presented for outstanding contribution to research to an individual whose published work (theoretical, empirical or applied) advances understanding of higher education in a significant way. The Research Achievement Award may acknowledge a body of research or a single piece of meritorious research."
Congratulations to Leadership, Policy, and Organizations Department Chair, Dr. Ellen Goldring on being the 2016 recipient of the Roald F. Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award. The Roald F. Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award was instituted by UCEA in 1992 for the purpose of recognizing senior professors in the field of educational administration whose professional lives have been characterized by extraordinary commitment, excellence, leadership, productivity, generosity, and service.
was mentioned in the Christian Science Monitor on the teacher shortage crisis and ways to mitigate it.
will be moderating a panel on Covering at Work, at a
Diversity & Inclusion Conference
In Chicago on September 29 at 2:15 pm. The session focuses on
survey conducted by Deloitte found that as many as 61% of workers hide something about themselves at work. Among the types of “covering” identified were: appearance-based covering; affiliation-based covering; advocacy-based covering; and association-based covering. As the demographics of the nation change, it becomes ever more crucial to understand the implications of “covering” on workplace productivity.
Brian Heuser, Assistant Professor of the Practice of International Education Policy in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations (LPO) has been elected Vice Chair of the Vanderbilt University Faculty Senate. Read More
Bridget Burns, a third year Ed.D. student in the Leadership, Policy, and Organizations Department, has been named one of the 16 most innovative people in Higher Education by Washington Monthly. Read More
Dr. Carolyn Heinrich, Professor of Public Policy and Education, has received funding from the W.T. Grant Foundation for her study “Improving the effectiveness of digital educational tools in increasing student achievement and reducing achievement gaps.” The study uses a mixed methods approach to better understand the factors and structures that aid high quality implementation and student growth as a result of digital tools.
Professor Angela Boatman was quoted in the Tennessean on the U.S. Supreme Courts 4-3 decision to deem constitutional, the University of Texas' method of singling out some minority students for admission. Read More
LPO Professors Dr. Carolyn Heinrich and Dr. Brian Heuser are participants in two of the thirteen interdisciplinary projects that were selected as the 2016 awardees of the Trans-Institutional Program (TIPs) initiative.
Dr. Heinrich is a part of the
Africa at a Crossroads: Challenges and Prospects program. This project seeks to build for the first time at Vanderbilt – an interdisciplinary community of Africanists to explore the topic “Africa at a Crossroads.” The collaborations draw from multiple disciplinary perspectives, including history, medicine, sociology, ethnomusicology, economics, political science, and anthropology, to analyze the extent to which the current state of affairs indicates that Africa stands at a crossroads ripe with challenges and prospects. The project will also provide opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to study Africa through immersive experiences.
Dr. Carolyn Heinrich along with Dr. Brian Heuser are participants in The Vanderbilt International Public Opinion Project. The proposed Vanderbilt Reinvestment Award (VRA)supports the expansion of the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) at Vanderbilt and globally. The proposed VRA deepens the center’s on-campus value by generating greater opportunities for Vanderbilt faculty and student involvement in its core project (the Americas Barometer) and by increasing opportunities for collaboration in projects located outside of the Americas.
Read More on the TIPs initiative awards
The Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations (LPO) is among an elite few academic departments in the nation offering opportunities to study with internationally renowned faculty in K-12 and higher education administration, education policy, and Leadership and Organizational Performance.
If you are a practitioner looking to deepen your knowledge and strengthen your credentials, LPO's professional M.Ed., Ed.D., and M.P.P. programs will prepare you for leadership in any number of organizations—from K-12 schools, colleges, or universities to policy-making organizations, corporations, or non-governmental organizations.
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