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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
qualifications.

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
Daniel J. Ftizgibbons, UMass News & Media Relations

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.

Nordveit named Public Engagement Faculty Fellow

Bjorn H. Nordtveit, associate professor in the department of educational policy, research and administration, is one of seven faculty members from across four colleges and schools who have been named Public Engagement Faculty Fellows by the Public Engagement Project (PEP).

Steve Sireci in conversation with NPR’s education correspondent Eric Westervelt

Steve Sireci in conversation with NPR’s education correspondent Eric Westervelt
Friday, February 17, 1:30 p.m.
Commonwealth Honors College Event Hall
157 Commonwealth Avenue
UMass Amherst

NEPR welcomes its Education Correspondent, Eric Westervelt, to UMass Amherst for a conversation on the state of education under the Trump administration, including the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, what the new travel bans implemented by President Trump mean for colleges and universities in the U.S., and more.

DRE Retires

David R. Evans, professor, education policy, research and administration, retired in December 2016 after having served the College of Education for 48 years. As the founding director of the College’s Center for International Education (CIE), he built the center into a leader in international education, developing collaborative relationships with agencies such as the World Bank, UNESCO, USAID, and the Peace Corps to bring innovative, highly effective education initiatives to many of the world’s under-developed and war-torn nations.

Cynthia Gerstl-Pepin Chosen as Dean of UMass Amherst’s College of Education

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst has appointed Cynthia I. Gerstl-Pepin of the University of Vermont (UVM) to be the new dean of its College of Education, effective July 1, 2017.

Gerstl-Pepin, who is currently associate dean of UVM’s College of Education and Social Services (CESS), will succeed Robert Feldman, the deputy chancellor who has served as interim dean of the college since last February, following the resignation of Christine McCormick, who served as dean for 11 years.

Boscardin elected to CEC Board

Mary Lynn Boscardin was elected to the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Board of Directors in a recent member-wide election. She will begin her term as the Member-at-Large, Non-Designated on Jan. 1, 2017.

Boscardin will participate in the organization’s administrative, general legislative, and policy making body. The Board of Directors establishes strategic direction for CEC, addresses issues of concern, and sets policy.

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