Professor Christopher Tienken, Ed.D., associate professor of K-12 Education Leadership, Management and Policy, received the 2022 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award at the 2022 American Education Research Association conference, held in San Diego.
The Risky Business of Education is Tienken's eighth book. The book is a co-edited volume with Professor Carol Mullen from Virginia Tech University and includes nine chapters. It shares insights and makes recommendations from leading scholars on ways school leaders can navigate and challenge serious policy issues. Each of the nine chapters presents important policy topics and critical analysis of the topics from the authorial perspective of experienced educators leading the preparation of future school leaders and teachers.
The chapters cover a wide range of pressing policy issues that educators must navigate: Neoliberalism as a Policy Ventriloquist: Deconstructing the Discourse of Corporate America for Its Public Schools, by Fenwick W. English; Corporate Networks' Grip on the Public School Sector and Education Policy, by Carol A. Mullen; Threats to Meaningful Reform of Civic Education, by Patricia H. Hinchey and Pamela J. Konkol; Brown versus Board Did Not Work: Finding a New Pathway to Educational Justice, by Ryan W. Coughlan; Charter Schools' Impact on Public Education: Theory versus Reality, by Julia Sass Rubin and Mark Weber; OECD, PISA, and Globalization: The Influence of the International Assessment Regime, by Svein Sjøberg; Students as the Missing Actor in Education Reform, by Yong Zhao and Jim Watterston; "We Come from Everywhere": Innovating Bi/Multilingual Principal Preparation Programs, by Soribel Genao; and Evaluating the Different SIDES of Education Policies: A Practical Policy Analysis Framework for School Leaders, by Christopher H. Tienken.
The Society of Professors of Education was founded in 1902 as a professional academic association. It was open to anyone engaged in teacher preparation, curriculum studies, educational foundation, and related topics in education. Founding members included John Dewey and Charles DeGarmo. Other notable members included Harold Rugg, Edward L. Thorndike, and George Counts.
According to its website, the Society's primary goal is to provide a forum for consideration of major issues, tasks, problems, and challenges confronting professional educators. It was originally called the Society of College Teachers of Education. The Society meets each year at the American Educational Research Association conference. The Society administers the Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award each year. Books must be nominated by a Society member and then reviewed by a committee of five people from the society.