It may be summer vacation, but higher education professionals are still making headlines. From power struggles to bullying of teachers, there is no shortage of news about our country’s schools. (In case you missed it, last week we profiled mom bloggers in the news.) This week, we look at the professors, writers, and administrators who shape the higher education system.
Erik Qualman - Qualman, a social media consultant known for his Socialnomics book, is also a professor at Hult International Business School. Qualman was mentioned in this story about viral videos. The story touts Qualman’s Social Media Revolution web series as a strongly educational video, on the same plane as TED talks.
Mark Schaefer – Schaefer’s accomplishments include writing two books, being named to Forbes “Power 50″ social media influencers, as well as being an adjunct professor at Rutgers University. Schaefer recently wrote a piece for Influencer Marketing Review about social influence. He claims that at a conference he was introduced with his Klout score and number of Twitter followers, but with no mention that he had two graduate degrees or taught at a university. Have we reached a turning point in what identifies us, whether that be education or follower count? Read Mark’s opinion to see what he thinks.
Sree Sreenivasan - Sree is a professor & Dean of Student Affairs at Columbia Journalism School. He’s also a social media blogger on CNET News where he wrote recently about how to keep kids safe online. He’s frequently on top lists of people to follow including AdAge’s 25 media people on Twitter. He also uses his influence to help non-profits, which we love.
Renu Khator – The President of the University of Houston is noted as being one of the only university presidents on Twitter. She recently made headlines when she publicly announced that she wouldn’t be taking on the role of President of Purdue University, though she was believed to be the front runner for the position.
Feniosky Peña-Mora – Up until recently, Peña-Mora was serving as the Dean of Columbia University’s school of engineering. Faculty resistance and public criticism ultimately caused Peña-Mora to step down. In a similar story, Alejandro Zaera was recently named the Dean of Architecture at Princeton, despite public outcry from a majority of graduate students in the school’s programs. Each story demonstrates how different universities respond to criticism from within their respective communities.
Jenna Johnson - Working for the Washington Post, Johnson is a respected education writer. A recent piece (also written by Anita Kumar, Daniel de Vise, and Paul Schwartzman) provides extensive coverage over the President of University of Virginia being ousted and reinstated over the course of 18 days. Playing out like a hollywood movie about corporate loyalties and power struggles, this piece alone is reason enough to follow the headlines that Johnson writes.
Christine Armario - A reporter for the Associated Press, Armario covers the U.S. Department of Education. She also writes about trends in education; after the infamous video about the bullied bus monitor, Armario wrote a piece about the rising issue of students bullying teachers and administrators.
What other higher education professionals shape the news?