It’s been my great honor–and a lot of fun–to serve as interim dean of the Ford School, an outstanding community dedicated to the public good. This edition of State & Hill focuses on education policy—the research, people, and politics that shape student outcomes in the classroom and beyond.
Interdisciplinary, rigorous, and committed to real world impact and to mentoring: the Ford School has one of the strongest education policy programs in the country. How did we get there? S&H asked the scholar at the front of the class, economist Brian A. Jacob.
Many internships returned to in-person or hybrid modalities this summer, taking Fordies back around the world to work with nonprofits and NGOs, governments and agencies, and consulting firms and businesses—applying the skills and knowledge they’ve learned here at the Ford School in real time.
Support student internships by making a gift to the Graduate Internship Fund or Undergraduate Internship and Travel Fund at fordschool.umich.edu/give.
This fall, after a national search, the Ford School selected Peter Vasher as the school’s director of career services. Vasher has been with the school since 2017 and served as associate director of graduate career services for three years. During that time he established deep connections with key professional policy networks and developed best-in-class programs to help students discover and navigate their career journey and enhance their professional skills. Vasher succeeds the estimable Jennifer Niggemeier, who has moved into the role of associate director for the Ford School’s Leadership Initiative.
Dean: Celeste Watkins-Hayes; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Luke Shaefer; Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement: John Ciorciari; Director of Communications/Executive Editor: Laura K. Lee (MPP ’96); Art lead: Nicholas Pfost (MPP ’15); Editor and writer: Rebecca Cohen (MPP ’09); Contributors: Deborah Holdship, Thomas Ivacko (MPA ‘93), Shaun Manning, Daniel Rivkin, George Spencer, Miriam Wasserman; Class Notes Editor: Elisabeth Johnston; Photographers: Austin Thomason, Scott Soderberg, Daryl Marshke, Peter Smith, Travis Vernon Scott; Design: Savitski Design; Printer: University Lithoprinters, Inc.
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