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Lyiscott receives Fulbright

Jamila Lyiscott received a 2017 Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad Grant entitled, "Learning in Ghana: Linking Language, Literacy & Culture."  This U.S. Department of Education program "provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor."

Woodland and Hannahan awarded State Dept grant

Rebecca Woodland, associate professor, educational policy, research and administration, and Mike Hannahan, UMass Donahue Institute, were awarded a $471,575 U.S. Department of State grant to deliver the Instructional Leadership Institute for Pakistani Educators, which entails 5 days of instructional leadership training in Pakistan and 5 weeks of professional development in the UMass Amherst College of Education for a group of Pakistani educators.

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Nieto will receive Squire Award

Professor emerita Sonia Nieto has been named the recipient of the James R. Squire Award by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).  One of NCTE’s most distinguished awards, it is given in recognition of outstanding service, not only to the stature and development of the council and the discipline which it represents, but also to the profession of education as a whole. It is reserved for an NCTE member who has had a transforming influence and has made a lasting intellectual contribution to the profession.

Galman named journal editor

Sally Campbell Galman has been named incoming editor of Jeunesse:Young People, Texts, Cultures, an interdisciplinary, refereed academic journal that publishes research on and provides a forum for discussion about cultural productions for, by and about young people.


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Krezmien appointed to research post

Michael Krezmien has been named the college’s Associate Dean for Research and Engagement (ORE.) Krezmien is an associate professor in the Department of Student Development and
the director of the Center for Youth Engagement, an interdisciplinary effort dedicated to the advancement of successful and post school outcomes for underserved and at-risk youth. His research interests are in emotional and behavioral disorders, juvenile justice, mental health, social and educational inequities associate with race and disability status.


Sireci named Distinguished Professor

Stephen G. Sireci was among three appointed Distinguished Professor following approval by the Board of Trustees at its June 20 meeting.
The title “Distinguished Professor” is conferred on select, highly accomplished faculty who have already achieved the rank of professor and who meet a demanding set of

Center for Youth Engagement & partners awarded $2.7 million NSF STEM grant

UMass Amherst College of Education Awarded Grant to Develop STEM Skills Among Unemployed Youth Not in School
April 19, 2017
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Barnes receives TIDE fellowship

The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD) announced that Benita Barnes, associate professor and College of Education’s director of diverslty advancement, has been selected as one of the 12 TIDE (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, & Equity) Ambassadors of the 2017-18 cohort.

Nieto awarded honorary degrees

Professor Emerita Sonia Nieto will receive two honorary degrees this spring: one from Rhode Island College (RIC) and the other from Ottawa University, Canada. RIC President Frank D. Sanchez noted that Nieto was nominated in part because of her commitment to RIC through Dialogue on Diversity, her academic expertise and her research.

Campus community invited to honor retiring deputy chancellor and interim dean Robert Feldman

The campus community is invited to join Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy to honor retiring Deputy Chancellor Robert S. Feldman on April 7 from 3-5 p.m. in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center.

Feldman, who is also serving as interim dean of the College of Education, announced in February that he will retire in June after close to 40 years at UMass Amherst.


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