About Faculty & Research

Recent Faculty Accomplishments

National Rankings:

  • US News & World Report consistently ranks the GSE as one of the best schools in the country and #7 in the Northeast. This year, we rose by 10 positions in our ranking.
  • Education Week recognized GSE faculty members, Dr. W. Steven Barnett and Dr. Bruce Baker, among the 100 most influential education scholars in the country. 
  • At a time when the nation faces an acute shortage of Physics teachers, the American Physical Society’s Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) recognized the GSE program as an inductee into “The 5+ Club” as the GSE graduated the most Physics teachers among all university based programs in the United States in 2016. The 5+ Club is a group of institutions graduating five or more well-prepared physics teachers in one year.

Awards & Honors:

  • Provost Wanda J. Blanchett elected as Chair of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Board of Directors. 
  • Dr. Thea Abu El-Haj won the prestigious American Educational Studies Association 2016 Critics’ Choice Book Award for her book, Unsettled Belonging: Educating Palestinian American Youth After 9/11.
  • The GSE welcomed W.T. Grant Distinguished Fellow, Robert Kim (from the Obama Administration), who joined us this year to bridge education funding research, policy, and practice.
  • Interim Dean Clark Chinn and Dr. Caroline Clauss-Ehlers were distinguished this year as American Psychological Association Fellows.

Editorship Roles held by GSE Faculty:

  • Dr. Drew Gitomer, the Rose and Nicholas DeMarzo Chair in Education and Professor in the Department of Learning and Teaching, co-edited the 5th edition of the Handbook of Research on Teaching, which was published by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in 2016. 
  • Interim Dean Clark Chinn, Chair of the Educational Psychology Department at the GSE, served as Editor of Educational Psychologist (EP) from 2011-2015. Under his leadership, this prestigious journal was ranked #1 in the 2015 Thomson Reuters Journal Citations Report Impact Factor (released in 2016) in the areas of educational psychology and of educational research.
  • Dr. Matthew Mayer, Associate Professor in the GSE Department of Educational Psychology, received a 2016 American Psychological Association Distinguished Service Award for his work as Associate Editor of School Psychology Quarterly. School Psychology Quarterly was ranked #8 out of 57 in the 2015 Thomson Reuters Journal Citations Report Impact Factor (released in 2016) for research journals in educational psychology.
  • Dr. Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers (Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology), Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development (American Counseling Association).
  • Provost Wanda J. Blanchett (Lead Co-Editor), Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners, Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL).
  • Dr. Ravit Golan Duncan (Associate Professor, Department of Learning and Teaching), Learning Section Co-Editor, Science Journal.
  • Dr. Melinda Mangin (Associate Professor, Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration), Associate Editor, Educational Administration Quarterly.
  • Dr. Alisa Belzer (Associate Professor, Department of Learning and Teaching), Co-Editor, Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education.
  • Dr. Ariana Mangual Figueroa and Dr. Beth Rubin (Associate Editors), Anthropology and Education Quarterly.

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellows:

  • Dr. W. Steven Barnett, Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration
  • Dr. Gregory Camilli, Educational Psychology
  • Dr. Clark A. Chinn, Educational Psychology
  • Dr. William A. Firestone, Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration
  • Dr. Angela M. O’Donnell, Educational Psychology

National Competitive Grant Awards & Fellowships for GSE Faculty:

  • GSE Research Expenditure: $8.5 million.
  • Active National Science Foundation (NSF) Funding: $6.7 million.
  • Dr. Chia-Yi Chiu awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER grant for her work in the area of educational assessments. 
  • Dr. Ravit Golan Duncan awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER grant for her work in learning progressions research.
  • Dr. William Firestone received a W.T. Grant Foundation award to study and develop best practices for Ed.D. Programs.
  • Dr. Dake Zhang awarded the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship for her work to help students with disabilities. 

GSE National Competitive Student & Alumni Honors, Awards & Fellowships: 

  • Tayla Williams and Kathryn Lobo both won Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Fellowships.   
  • Rob Zisk recipient of the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education CADRE Fellowship.
  • Mark Weber invited to participate in the University Council for Educational Administration David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar.
  • Erica He invited to the University Council for Educational Administration’s Barbara Jackson Scholars Program.
  • Thea Zunick recipient of the Order of Omega Greek Honors Society Doctoral Fellowship.
  • Heba Abdo and Carolyn Ross recipient of the International Teacher Leadership Conference Best Practitioner Paper Award.
  • Eliot Graham recipient of the National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship.
  • Sally Bonet recipient of the Council on Anthropology and Education Concha Delgado Gaitan Presidential Fellowship.
  • Sally Bonet: GSE 2017 Dissertation award.
  • Emily Fitzgerald (Ed.M. 2016) awarded the prestigious 2017 Teaching Fellowship by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation.

Advancing Research & Practice in Education: At the core of the GSE is a stellar faculty. Diverse in perspective and experience, united in mission and commitment, our faculty members have created an exciting and vibrant scholarly community dedicated to the ultimate goal of improving student achievement. As teachers of GSE students, they are mentoring a new generation of education scholars and are educating the teachers, counselors, and administrators who serve and lead our schools. Through research and practice, they are helping educators to understand—and create—the environments in which teachers teach best and learners learn best. Their work advances educational practice and policy across the state, the nation, and the world.

Our nationally recognized faculty has particular strengths in early education, literacy development, educational equity and social justice, and math and science learning and teaching. Through collaborations with scholars and educators—throughout Rutgers and across the education spectrum—they are bringing innovative, interdisciplinary solutions to the nation’s most-pressing education issues.

To the extent of funds available, GSE will provide support for graduate student travel to national, regional, or state professional conferences and/or panels. For more information, see here.