UVA Education Scholars Rise in 2020 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings


Audrey Breen

Of the eight UVA education scholars named to the RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, six increased their rank in 2020.

Eight education scholars at the University of Virginia have been named to the 2020 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public influence Rankings. The rankings name 200 “university-based scholars in the U.S. who did the most last year to shape educational practice and policy.” According to Hess, there are well over 20,000 university-based faculty tackling educational questions in the U.S.

The ninth annual rankings — compiled by former UVA faculty member Rick Hess, now a member of the American Enterprise Institute — were published today in Hess' Education Week blog, "Rick Hess Straight Up." They are based upon a variety of quantitative metrics that "recognize university-based scholars in the U.S. who are contributing most substantially to public debates about education," including measures of publishing and press, Web and social media citations, according to Hess' explanation.

This year, six of the eight scholars on the list improved their rank.

Carol Tomlinson, professor emeritus at the Curry School of Education and Human Development, was the highest UVA scholar on the list at No. 12.

Daniel Willingham, a professor of psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences and a scholar affiliated with the Curry School’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, ranked No. 14, up 12 spots from last year.

Bob Pianta, dean of the Curry School, jumped 20 spots and was rated the 35th-most influential university-based scholar.

Sarah Turner, professor of higher education and economics, leapt to No. 42 from 149 the previous year. Josipa Roksa, also a professor of higher education, ranked No. 141.

Returning influential scholars included three from the EdPolicyWorks research center, all of whom were ranked higher on the 2020 list: Associate Professor Ben Castleman (No. 153), Jim Wyckoff, professor and director of the center (No. 158), and Associate Professor Daphna Bassok (No. 185).