Dean Griffin Named One of the Nation’s Top Education Scholars

Kimberly Griffith

For the second year in a row, Kimberly Griffin, dean of the University of Maryland College of Education, was named one of the nation’s 200 most influential education scholars.

The annual RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings by Education Week identifies university-based scholars in the United States who are shaping educational practice and policy. Using nine metrics, including Google Scholar score and education press mentions, a 28-member selection committee chooses from a pool of more than 20,000 scholars.

“As someone committed to addressing some of the biggest educational challenges, it’s been quite rewarding to see how my research and service has impacted the higher education landscape,” said Griffin. “I am proud to be listed among scholars who share a collective goal of advancing education equity and excellence, and are prioritizing efforts to make research more accessible to those who are creating and affected by educational practices and policies.” 

Griffin’s research, which focuses on promoting access, equity, and justice in higher education, has been widely recognized for its relevance and effectiveness in addressing persistent problems in the field of education. Her research has been funded by notable organizations, such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and she has engaged in several collaborations with the Association of American Universities, National Academies, American Council on Education, and the Council of Graduate Schools, to name a few. 

A sought after faculty expert, Griffin has been cited by USA Today, Education Week, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, and other media outlets.

Griffin's latest recognition is one of many accolades she’s received throughout her career. She was honored with the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Promising Scholar/Early Career Award in 2013, and was named an Emerging Scholar in 2010 and a Diamond Honoree in 2020 by the American College Personnel Association. She is also the outgoing editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, where she played a pivotal role in amplifying research used to guide the efforts of higher education institutions in the pursuit of inclusive excellence.