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Education Professor Highlighted Among Influential Researchers

School of Education Professor Jack Schneider


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Recognized for his commitment to public-facing scholarship, UMass Lowell School of Education Associate Professor Jack Schneider was named to the 2023 Edu-Scholar Public Influence list. This marks the fifth consecutive year Schneider has been recognized with the honor.

Published Thursday by Education Week, the list recognizes university-based scholars in the United States who achieved the most in the last year reshaping educational practice and policy. Schneider was selected from a pool of more than 20,000 eligible scholars. 

“Even as someone who occasionally writes about the flawed and problematic nature of rankings, it is an honor to be recognized for seeking to make an impact on real-world policy and practice,” said Schneider. “Publicly engaged scholarship is often undervalued in academia, but it’s an absolutely vital part of the job—particularly so in a practical field like education.” 

Based on nine metrics, and organized by Rick Hess, the list encourages academics to innovate practice and policy. In the run-up to this year’s announcement, Hess wrote: “The exercise is designed to balance the academy’s unfortunate tendency to discount scholarship that makes real, relevant contributions to vital public-policy debates.”

UMass Lowell is a national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be leaders in their communities and around the globe.