January 11, 2015

Educational Studies Professors Margaret Grogan, William Pérez named among the country’s most influential education scholars

School of Educational Studies (SES) Professors Margaret Grogan and William Pérez are among the country’s most influential education scholars, according to an annual rankings report released by Education Week.

Pérez is a leading expert on academic achievement civic engagement and higher education access among undocumented students in the United States. Last year he was appointed to advise University of California President Janet Napolitano on issues regarding undocumented students. Pérez is currently in Mexico conducting the first major study of higher education access for undocumented young people who are deported from the United States.

Grogan is a recognized international researcher with more than two decades of experience in teaching and education leadership. Her current research focuses on women in leadership gender and education the moral and ethical dimensions of leadership and leadership for social justice. Last year Grogan was appointed to serve on the advisory board for the University Council of Educational Administration and previously served as its president in 2003-2004.

This national recognition of the work of Professors Grogan and Pérez speaks to the breadth and influence of their university based scholarship as well as their impact in the public sphere on the most important education issues of the day ” said Scott Thomas dean of the School of Educational Studies.

Education Week’s Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings identified 200 university-based academics who shape public discourse on education or how effectively they “moved ideas from academic journals into the national conversation.” The academics were chosen from a field of more 20 000 university-based faculty in the United States.

More than 50 universities including Stanford Harvard and Columbia were represented in the rankings.”