Professor Turley founded and directs the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC), a research-practice partnership between Rice and eleven Houston area school districts that aims to improve educational equity. She also founded the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships (NNERPP), which supports almost 40 partnerships between research institutions and education agencies throughout the country. She has served in various elected and appointed positions in the American Sociological Association (ASA), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE), and the National Research Council of the National Academies, as well as the editorial boards of Sociology of Education and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Professor Turley completed her undergraduate education at Stanford University and her graduate education at Harvard University. She is originally from Laredo, Texas.
Texas State Board of Education, Long-Range Plan Steering Committee. 2018. Long-Range Plan for Public Education. https://tea.texas.gov/SBOE/long-range_plan/
Arce-Trigatti, Paula, Irina Chukhray, and Ruth N. López Turley. 2018. “Research-Practice Partnerships in Education.” Pp. 561-579 in Handbook of the Sociology of Education in the 21st Century, edited by Barbara Schneider. Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research. Springer.
Turley, Ruth N. López. 2016. “Connecting Research and Policy to Reduce Inequality.” The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 2(5): 272-285.
Turley, Ruth N. López and Carla Stevens. 2015. “Lessons from a School District-University Research Partnership: The Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC).” Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 37(1S):6S-15S.