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Dr. Lisa Driscoll to Present at “Mic/Nite”

Visualizing a Discipline Over Time

Lisa G. Driscoll, Associate Professor
College of Education, Health & Human Sciences – Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

​Every discipline has a history. Disciplines arise as paradigms of thinking. These coalesce around particular avenues of inquiry, relevance, and meaning-making. This presentation examines the birth, the trajectories and the spin-offs of the education finance discipline through an analysis of its publications and authors over the last century. It shows how through bibliometric methods we can summarize types of citation data and produce visualizations that depict relationships among publications and authors over time. In addition to identifying the research front of a discipline, we can visualize its past. Some highlights noted over time include capturing the influential power of seminal publications; the exclusive nature of popular thought lineages; whether a discipline is egalitarian, disconnected or hierarchical; whether rifts in the field bring damage or increased energy; how working at the margins benefits one’s own trajectory; and the impact of waking a “sleeping beauty” among many other phenomena.


March 8, 2018
Social Hour: 5:30
Presentations: 6:30

Relix Variety Theatre
1208 N. Central St
Knoxville , TN 39717

Parking will be available behind Relix Variety Theatre on Anderson Avenue and on surrounding streets.

Free pizza and cash bar; please RSVP.​​​​​​​​

About Mic/Nite

Twice a year, the Office of the Provost will host Mic/Nite, a “Pecha-Kucha Powered” social gathering in order to enhance the intellectual, interdisciplinary, and cultural life of the faculty and staff at UT Knoxville.

One of the challenges of a large university is working across the silos that often separate disciplines. Mic/Nite offers an opportunity to build bridges and foster a deeper appreciation of the many facets of a large, comprehensive university. Presentations will offer a cross section of the intellectual life of the campus and provide an opportunity for social interaction among faculty members who may not otherwise have the opportunity to do so.


Joan Heminway
Mic/Nite Coordinator
Phone: 865-974-3813

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