News and Commentary
Dr. Gary Henry, Professor of Public Policy and Education is quoted in an article discussing whether State takeover in Georgia schools will help failing schools or not. Read More
Associate Professor Dr. Claire Smrekar testified on behalf of the Department of Justice in a case ending a five-decade legal battle to desegregate schools in Cleveland, Mississippi. Read More
Accomplished scholars will join the faculty of Vanderbilt’s Peabody College in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations beginning August 2016
Cossa Ph.D., will join the faculty as a senior lecturer in international and domestic policy, in fall 2016. José Cossa is a scholar with interests centered on justice at the local and global level. He holds a Ph.D. in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies with a depth area in Comparative and International Education from Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of Power, Politics, and Higher Education: International Regimes, Local Governments, and Educational Autonomy, published in 2008 by Cambria Press.
Brenda McKenzie, Ph.D., will join the faculty in fall 2016, as senior lecturer in higher education administration with an emphasis on student affairs. She has 20+ years of student affairs administrative experience in positions of increasing responsibility. Her areas of professional experience span leadership development, student activities, student organizations, Greek life, orientation/new student programs, and residence life.
Christopher A. Candelaria
will join the faculty as an assistant professor. He comes to Peabody College from Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis. His research interests include teacher labor markets, education finance policy, accountability, and causal methods in quantitative research. He is a doctoral degree candidate at Stanford in education policy and the economics of education.
Joanne W. Golann will join the faculty as an assistant professor. She comes to Peabody College from Princeton University, where she will receive her doctoral degree in sociology. Her dissertation title is “Scripting the Moves: Class, Control, and Urban School Reform.” Her research interests include inequality, urban education, social class, ethnography, and family-school connections.
Adela Soliz, Ed.D. will join the faculty as an assistant professor. She comes to Peabody from the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. where she is a Fellow at the Brown Center on Education Policy. She is an expert on the economics of higher education, with a focus on policies affecting community colleges. Dr. Soliz received her degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
Matthew P. Shaw, J.D., will join the faculty as an assistant professor in 2017. A doctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation, he is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University, studying Quantitative Policy Analysis in Education. His research interests include education rights, institutions and legal dilemmas of difference, and how law and educational institutions shape opportunity and membership in society. He holds a law degree from Columbia University and clerked in a federal district court in Georgia.
Will Doyle, Associate Professor of High Education is the lead policy analyst and co-lead author of a new report by Vanderbilt University, in collaboration with University of Pennsylvania and the Higher Education Policy Institute.The converging trends of falling state investment, rising tuition, and stagnant incomes have finally pushed higher education out of the grasp of low- and middle-income Americans, even at community colleges, the report contends. Read More
Congratulations to Daniela Torre, on receiving the AERA Division L 2016 Dissertation of the Year Award. The purpose of the AERA Division L Outstanding Dissertation Award is to recognize the exceptional research accomplishments of recent doctoral graduates. Daniela earned her Ph.D. in Leadership and Policy Studies in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations. While at Vanderbilt, she studied how teacher and peer characteristics were associated with the math and reading achievement of English learners using a quasi-experimental research design. She is currently a Research Analyst in the Center for Education Policy at SRI International.
Congratulations to Emily Kern, Doctoral Candidate in Leadership, Policy, and Organizations on receiving the 2016 New Scholar Award from the Association of Education Finance and Policy. The AEFP New Scholars Grant Program supports promising research by master’s and doctoral students whose research addresses education finance and policy. The program also aims to promote new scholars’ participation in the AEFP community.
Congratulations to Dr. Gary Henry, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Public Policy and Education in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations. Professor Henry has been selected as a 2016 Fellow by the American Educational Research Association. Read More
Congratulations to Dr. John Braxton, Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, who is receiving the 2016 ACPA Contribution to Knowledge Award at the ACPA Convention. The Contribution to Knowledge Award recognizes contributions to the profession’s body of knowledge through publications, films, speeches, instructions, tapes, and other forms of communication.
Dr. Brent J. Evans, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations leads a new large-scale study which takes an in-depth look at what factors contribute to student persistence and engagement in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Read More
The Governors Academy for School Leadership has launched at Peabody College. Twenty-four aspiring principals from across the state have begun participating in the inaugural Governor’s Academy for School Leadership (GASL).
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has announced the 10 most read articles from each of it's flagship journals for 2015
and many of the authors are faculty in the Leadership, Policy, and Organizations Department, along with a recent doctoral graduate and a current doctoral student. The faculty honored are Department Chair, Dr. Ellen Goldring, Dr. Dale Ballou, Dr. Marisa Cannata, Dr. Jason Grissom, Dr. Matthew Springer, Dr. Mollie Rubin, Dr. Patrick Schuermann , recent doctoral graduate Dr. Tim Drake, and doctoral candidate Walker A. Swain. Read More
Professor Chris Loss from the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations has been named one of fourteen outstanding faculty members from across the University to the 2016 class of Chancellor Faculty Fellows.The class comprises highly accomplished, recently tenured faculty from the humanities, social sciences, life and physical sciences, and clinical sciences, as well as business, education and engineering. Read More
Professor Jason Grissom and Doctoral Candidate Chris Redding are quoted from their study published Tuesday in the American Educational Research Association's peer-reviewed journal. The study looks at a nationally representative group of more than 10,000 students who started kindergarten in 1998, tracking them every few years throughout elementary school. Stories related to the study ran on NPR, Atlanta Black Star, Chalkbeat Tennessee and The Washington Post.
The Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations has 7 Faculty members selected for inclusion in the 2016 Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings, released Jan. 6. Professors Joe Murphy, Ellen Goldring, Gary Henry, Jason Grissom, Dale Ballou, Ron Zimmer, and Matthew Springer all from the LPO Department were named in the prestigious list of scholars who shape public discussions of education. Read More
Angela Boatman, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education is quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education's article on Tennessee being the first state in the nation to eliminate its free-standing remedial courses.
Matthew Springer, Assistant Professor of Public Policy had his article "What gets students motivated to work harder? Not money" published in The Conversation newsletter.
LPO faculty member, Carolyn Heinrich, tackles public policy with an interdisciplinary approach. Read More
Ellen Goldring, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Education Policy and Leadership; and Jason Grissom, associate professor of public policy and education are co-lead investigators in a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences (IES) who supports the study, which is being conducted as a partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE), Peabody College, Brown University and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Understanding how state school systems can best use teacher evaluation data to drive instructional improvement is the focus of the study. Read More
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