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Tressie McMillan Cottom Ranked in Top 200 Education Scholars by “Education Week”

Tressie McMillan Cottom, an associate professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), ranked in the top 200 education scholars in the nation on Education Week‘s “2023 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings,” an annual list published by American Enterprise Institute director of education policyTressie McMillan Cottom studies and Education Week blogger Frederick M. Hess.

The list spotlights the top 200 education scholars who move ideas from academic journals into the national conversation and ranks university-based scholars in the United States who did the most last year to shape educational practice and policy. Using nine metrics, Hess calculated how much university-based academics contributed to public discussions of education. McMillan Cottom ranked No. 26 in the nation to land in the official top 200 education scholars. Over 20,000 university-based faculty tackling educational questions in the U.S. are considered for the list.

“One small way to encourage academics to step into the fray and revisit academic norms is, I think, by doing more to recognize and value those scholars who engage in public discourse,” Hess said. “As I see it, the extraordinary policy scholar excels in five areas: disciplinary scholarship, policy analysis and popular writing, convening and shepherding collaborations, providing incisive media commentary, and speaking in the public square.”

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