GSE Professor Named Editor of Prestigious Research Journal

Posted: May 9, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

Evelyn Jacob, a professor in the Graduate School of Education (GSE), has been named editor of Educational Researcher, one of the premier journals in the field of educational research. Jacob has a three-year appointment with the peer-reviewed journal, which goes to approximately 25,000 members of the American Educational Research Association nine times a year.

The audience is a cross-disciplinary mix of people in academic and policy settings who are interested in research related to education. Article topics include issues of broad interest to the research and education community, from the history and anthropology of education, to language and economics as related to education, to the training of education professionals in both K-12 and higher education.

During her term, Jacob plans to encourage the consideration of cultural issues throughout the field of educational research–topics that have, in the past, been separate from other basic educational issues such as testing and assessment. She also will encourage integrative articles that build on perspectives or theoretical traditions that have been treated separately in the past, but could productively be viewed in some relationship with each other. “One of my goals is to increase educational research’s usefulness to policy and practitioner communities,” she says.

“I feel honored to be selected as editor,” says Jacob, a trained cultural anthropologist who joined GSE in 1981. “It’s definitely a journal with a major impact on the field, and a very selective one, with a 20 percent acceptance rate. This will help increase George Mason University’s presence in the national spotlight.”

Jacob starts accepting manuscripts in July for the 2001 issue. Faculty members who are interested in submitting articles can contact her at x33138.

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