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Notable Faculty & Staff Accomplishments


Publications & Presentations

  • SOE faculty Dr. Samantha Cohen and Dr. William N. Thomas IV will present "Supporting Educational Leaders in Creating an Equity-centered Culture of Continuous Improvement" at the University Council for Educational Administration's (UCEA) UCEA22 conference in Seattle [Nov. 17-20, 2022]. 
  • SOE’s Drs. Tomiko Ball and Samantha Cohen present at the CPED Conference on Thursday 10/13 @ 10:15am, on the topic: Creating Learning Environments within EdD Programs that Foster Antiracist Scholar Practitioner Communities [Oct. 13, 2022] 
  • Dr. Robert Shand , assistant professor, published a paper in the American Journal of Evaluation titled "Program Value-Added: A Feasible Method for Providing Evidence on the Effectiveness of Multiple Programs Implemented Simultaneously in Schools" [Sept. 20, 2022]
  • SOE Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Andre Perry, a Senior Fellow at Brookings, published the Valuing Black Assets Initiative (VBAI), which seeks to mobilize a new generation of leaders to invest in the assets critical to wealth creation and economic growth in Black communities. The work indexes assets and opportunities Black people have in critical quality of life areas – health, housing, business, employment, and education. [Sept. 19, 2022]
  • SOE Scholar-In-Residence Dr. Andre M. Perry spoke to CNBC about how student debt disproportionately impacts the Black community [Aug. 29]
  • SOE Scholar-In-Residence Dr. Andre M. Perry wrote an article about the cancelation of student debt being a great first step toward solving borrowers’ problems [Aug. 25, 2022] 
  • SOE’s Samantha Cohen published a review of the book “The Improvement Science Dissertation in Practice” in “Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice” [August 12, 2022] 
  • SOE’s Brian McGowan was quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education today about DEI competencies in promotion and tenure processes [Aug. 12, 2022] 
  • Dr. Reuben Jacobson, SOE's Director of the Education Policy and Leadership Program, and Senior Professorial Lecturer, wrote a blog post on the Brookings website and is working to create a toolkit for schools interested in starting a community schools initiative [Aug. 9, 2022] 
  • Dr. William N. Thomas IV, professorial lecturer in the School of Education, presented on "Flux Pedagogy" at the inaugural Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Summer Institute at Harvard University [Aug. 5, 2022]
  • Dean Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy published this piece on the need to increase the number of mental health counselors in schools in District Administration [July 29, 2022]
  • Q&A with our faculty member Dr. kecia hayes on about school quality [July 25, 2022]

Other Impactful News

  • Dr. Jennifer Steele, associate professor, was interviewed on CGTN about expanding who can teach, and the potential to send students to school four-days-a-week.
  • Dr. Olatokunbo (Toks) Fashola, Research Professor in Residence, is one of three STATA Scientific Council members coordinating the STATA Conference in Washington, DC, in August, which will involve presenters and panels from all over the world [Aug. 2, 2022]
  • Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Professor, was interviewed and quoted in multiple news channels following the racist attack in Buffalo, NY, on May 14 including The News with Shepard SmithCBS MorningsThe Washington PostMSNBCCap Radio, and National Public Radio [May 15, 2022]
  • Dean Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, was interviewed for an article in District Administration on math book rejections in Florida. [May 6, 2022]
  • Lynne Brenner Ganek, SOE Advisory Board member and Adjunct Instructor, was an executive producer of the documentary "Blues on Beale" about the 36th annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. [2020]

Career Transitions

  • Dr. William Thomas was appointed to a new role as AUx Faculty Fellow [Aug. 24, 2022]
  • President Biden appointed Elizabeth Ryan, adjunct instructor in SOE, to be the new Administrator of OJP’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Ryan is president of Youth First, leading the shift from incarceration to community-based services and resulting in the closing of youth prisons in 6 states. [May 4, 2022]