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Team including Thurston Domina takes reins of journal Educational Researcher

School of Education faculty now editing four leading educational research journals
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A team including faculty member Thurston “Thad” Domina has been named to lead Educational Researcher, the premiere academic journal of the American Educational Research Association.

Domina, an associate professor of educational policy and sociology at the School of Education, is one of five co-editors who will lead the journal. The team was chosen after an extensive search by the AERA Journal Publications Committee.

Educational Researcher becomes the fourth leading educational research publication that currently have School of Education faculty members at their helms. The other journals are The Urban Review, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, and Educational Psychologist.

The other co-editors on the new Educational Researcher team are June Ahn, an associate professor of learning sciences and research-practice partnerships at the University of California, Irvine; Andrew McEachin, a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a core faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School; Dana Thompson Dorsey, an associate professor and the associate director of research and development for the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh and a former member of the faculty at Carolina’s School of Education; and, Sarah Woulfin, an associate professor in the University of Connecticut’s Department of Educational Leadership.

Educational Researcher reaches widely across education research and aligned fields by publishing original research from multiple disciplines, theoretical orientations, and methodologies. The journal aims to make major programmatic research and new findings of general significance to the education research community broadly accessible.

In its proposal, Domina and others on the team said they seek to “solidify the journal’s position as the go-to venue on issues that are timely and relevant to a broad range of educational stakeholders, policymakers, and practitioners across the United States and around the world.”

The team said that its goals include enhancing Educational Researcher’s relevance and methodological/content diversity, as well as disseminating content to new audiences through multiple media. In their proposal, the coeditors said they “hope to position ER as a central participant in the urgent discussions surrounding education, equity, and democracy in this social and cultural moment.”

Among the innovations the team would like to pursue in order to extend the journal’s reach to new audiences:

  • One-page, open-access briefs to accompany each new article.
  • Podcasts with authors.
  • Live-streamed lectures delivered by authors on relevant, high-interest topics.
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By Michael Hobbs