Pitt Center for Urban Education to House Preeminent Journal Educational Researcher

The Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education has been selected as the new home institution of the influential research education journal Educational Researcher.

The Center for Urban Educationwill house the journal from 2019 - 2022. It is customary for the assignments to rotate every three years between the top schools of education.

Educational Researcher is a publication of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Ranked No. 9 of 243 in the Education and Educational Research category in 2018, the journal is described as making “major programmatic research and new findings of broad importance widely accessible,” according to its website. 

“The presence of Educational Researcher brings important national visibility to the center. I am excited about the journal’s future under the leadership of Professor Thompson Dorsey and her senior co-editors,” said T. Elon Dancy II, the director of the Center for Urban Education and the school’s Helen Faison Chair in Urban Education.

Dana Thompson Dorsey, an associate professor and associate director of research and development at the Center for Urban Education, will be one of the five senior editors at the journal. The other senior editors are June Ahn from the University of California, Irvine, Thurston Domina from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Sarah Woulfin from the University of Connecticut, and Andrew McEachin from the RAND Corporation.

Additional associate editors at the Pitt School of Education include Dancy and faculty members Jennifer Russell and Lindsay Page. 

“Educational Researcher(ER) is known for publishing innovative research, so the fact that the Pitt School of Education and the Center for Education is hosting such a prominent, impactful journal highlights the important and ground-breaking research occurring here,” said Thompson Dorsey. “I am truly honored and excited to be a member of an incredible team of scholars serving as ER’s editors and associate editors for the next three years. As a team, we hope to continue to publish novel research using traditional and critical research methods that address timely and salient educational issues.”

Dancy anticipates that the journal’s presence at the Center for Urban Education will provide graduate students at the Pitt School of Education with additional opportunities to engage in scholarly work.

“We’re excited by what this means for providing our students with opportunities to publish and hope that it encourages them to aspire to be reviewers and editors one day,” said Dancy.

The Center for Urban Education is one of the many centers and institutes at the Pitt School of Education.  It focuses its research and service around three areas: community partnership and engagement, educator development and practice, and student academic and social development.

The Center for Urban Education makes an impact through its:

  • Annual CUE Summer Educator Forum (CUSEF) that brings together hundreds of educators for the discussion of important topics in education.
  • Ready To Learn tutoring and mentoring program that supports students at the elementary, middle, and high school level
  • Urban Scholars program that supports the experience of students in the Master of Arts in teaching program in teaching in diverse urban schools
  • Learn & Learn and #CUETalks speaker series in which scholars and other experts in education research discuss a wide range of issues
  • New PhD and EdD programs in Urban Education