November 19 2007
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is very affirming,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Joshua Powers, associate professor and chairperson of the department of educational leadership, administration and foundations (ELAF). Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our department has always prided itself on being engaged as scholars and as practitioners providing real support to the field.Ã¢â‚¬Â
ISU ranked eighth out of 375 universities that offer a doctorate in ELAF and was the only university in Indiana in the top 10 for that field.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Chronicle's recognition of the ELAF department's scholarly productivity is a sound affirmation of faculty efforts for the past several years,Ã¢â‚¬Â Brad Balch, College of Education dean, said.
In measuring each department memberÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s productivity, the Chronicle looked at books published, journal publications, citations of journal articles, federal-grant dollars awarded, and honors and awards.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ELAF faculty have been particular engaged in writing books and monographs in our department, the majority toward practitioners,Ã¢â‚¬Â Powers said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“a scholarly orientation that makes sense given our institutional mission as a regional state university.Ã¢â‚¬Â
One department member who has produced numerous books and is a noted speaker is Todd Whitaker, who has written books such as Ã¢â‚¬Å“Seven Simple Secrets: What the Best Teachers Know and DoÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dealing with Difficult Parents (and With Parents in Difficult Situations).Ã¢â‚¬Â
Mary Howard-Hamilton, a professor of ELAF, is another noted speaker and author within the department. She has published more than 75 articles and book chapters and is an expert in multicultural issues in higher education, student development theories, feminist theory and therapy and consultation.
Balch has also published books entitled: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Preparing a Professional Portfolio: A School AdministratorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s GuideÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Transformational Leadership and Decision Making in Schools.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Faculty members, including Powers, have been a part of bringing in grants totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars into the university.
Powers said each of the 12 members of ELAFÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s faculty is actively pursuing scholarly work.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This recognition validates the alignment of scholarly priorities among faculty members with essential department, college and university missions,Ã¢â‚¬Â Balch said about the ranking. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Coupled with an equally strong commitment to teaching and service, the Chronicle's ranking serves as a pre-eminent testament to the quality of faculty in the ELAF department.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Contact: Joshua Powers, associate professor and chair of the department of Educational Leadership, Administration and Foundations, at (812) 237-2900 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Indiana State University's department of educational leadership, administration and foundations in the top 10 of faculty scholarly productivity.