Bulkley and Burkholder Named Among Top Education Scholars

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Professors Katrina Bulkley (left) and Zoë Burkholder

Education Week has announced the 2013 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence rankings. The rankings recognize "university-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about K-12 and higher education." They are based on the scholar's academic body of work and their contributions to public discourse on education and policy issues.   Dr. Katrina E. Bulkley of the department of Counseling and Educational Leadership and Dr. Zoë Burkholder of the department of Educational Foundations were named to the list of top education scholars. They join prominent education scholars on the list from around the country, from research institutions including Harvard, Stanford, New York University, UCLA and Columbia.

Dr. Bulkley is professor of educational leadership, and is a nationally respected scholar in the area of educational governance, including urban reform and charter schools. Her most recent book, coedited with Jeffrey Henig and Henry Levin, is Between Public and Private: Politics, Governance, and the New Portfolio Models for Urban School Reform.  She is also the coeditor, with Priscilla Wohlstetter, of Taking Account of Charter Schools: What's Happened and What's Next? and, with Lance Fusarelli, of "The Politics of Privatization in Education: The 2007 Yearbook of the Politics of Education Association," which was published as a special double issue of Educational Policy.  Her work has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education.  She holds a PhD in administration and policy analysis from Stanford University and an MA in political science from the University of North Carlina at Chapel Hill. 

Dr. Burkholder is an assistant professor of educational foundations, and is a historian of education whose scholarship examines issues of race and social justice in 20th-century America. Her book, Color in the Classroom: How American Schools Taught Race, 1900-1954, was recently published by Oxford University Press, and was called “the finest study of intercultural education to date” by Jeffrey Mirel. Her scholarship has won numerous recognitions and awards, including a fellowship at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University in 2008-2009 and a dissertation fellowship from the Spencer Foundation in 2006-2007. She holds a PhD in history of education from New York University and an MA in Anthropology from University of California, Berkeley.

The departments of Counseling and Educational Leadership and Educational Foundations are part of the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University.  The College offers a wide variety of outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs leading to professional careers in public and private schools, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry. All programs in the College are firmly grounded in the liberal arts and include the opportunity for internships, field work or student teaching. Programs are housed in seven academic departments: Counseling and Educational Leadership; Secondary and Special Education; Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education; Educational Foundations; Exercise Science and Physical Education; Family and Child Studies and Health and Nutrition Sciences.