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Sireci selected for Samuel J. Messick Award

Stephen G. Sireci, professor of psychometrics and director of the College of Education’s Center for Educational Assessment, was selected to receive the 2017 Samuel J. Messick Memorial Lecture Award sponsored by the Educational Testing Service. This award identifies a recipient who will deliver a major address that will be “of great potential relevance to the improvement of foreign or second language testing practices” at the joint annual meeting of the International Testing Association and the Language Testing Research Colloquium. The award is given in honor of the late Samuel J.

Madden and Axelrod selected for Innovate@ Symposia

Sandy Madden, associate professor, and Ysaaca Axelrod, assistant professor, both of the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, were selected through a highly competitive process to participate in the 2016-17 Innovate@ symposia to be held at UMass Amherst in October 2016 and February 2017.

Woodland awarded NSF grant for computer science models for schools

Woodland and UMass researchers awarded NSF grant to create computer science models usable in high-needs schools

Hambleton Receives Thomas Oakland Award for Contributions to Testing, Assessment

Ronald K. Hambleton, Distinguished University Professor and executive director of the College of Education’s Center for Educational Assessment, has received the inaugural Thomas Oakland Award for Distinguished Contributions to Testing and Assessment from the International Test Commission (ITC).

The ITC is an association of national psychological associations, test commissions, publishers and other organizations committed to promoting effective testing and assessment policies and to the proper development, evaluation and uses of educational and psychological instruments.

Hudson to direct program development

Kate Hudson,  education policy, research and administration, was named to the college’s new position of Director of Program Development. Hudson will expand on her previous responsibilities to provide comprehensive support to the development and advancement of Continuing and Professional Education programs and courses throughout the college.


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Barnes named to diversity position

Benita J. Barnes, education policy, research and administration, was elected by college-wide vote to the college’s new Director of Diversity Advancement position. Barnes’ focus will include continuing the development of policies to increase diversity in the recruitment, hiring, and retention of faculty, staff, and graduate students; initiating  practices that support continuous improvement of a climate that embraces and supports diversity throughout the college; and facilitating community outreach activities that enhance the college’s commitment to diversity.

Faculty chosen for inaugural Innovate symposia

Four faculty from the College of Education were selected through a highly competitive process to participate in the inaugural Innovate@ symposia to be held at UMass Amherst this summer. They are: Catherine Dimmitt, Department of Student Development; and Torrey Trust, Claire Hamilton, and Sally Galman, all of the Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies.

Trust and students win international online learning award

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Online Learning Network announced that Torrey Trust, assistant professor, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, and the master’s students in her Educational Web Design course, were selected as the winners of the 2016 ISTE Online Learning Award. The award recognizes teachers, educators and/or education leaders who use online learning to engage learners in K-12 and higher education by incorporating innovative learning opportunities.

McDermott and Smith receive College Outstanding Teacher Awards

Kathryn McDermott, professor, and Cristine Crispin Smith, associate professor, both in educational policy research and administration, are the College of Education’s 2015-16 College Outstanding Teacher Awards recipients. This awards program was instituted as a complement to the Distinguished Teaching Awards given by the UMass Amherst Graduate School. The awards honor individual faculty members for their teaching accomplishments within their own colleges. They are given during the spring semester and recipients are recognized at undergraduate Commencement.

Carey awarded Fulbright Specialist grant to incorporate evidence-based practice in counseling curriculum at Christ University, Bangalore

John C. Carey, director of the Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research (CSCORE) in the College of Education, was awarded a grant through the Fulbright Specialist Program to work with faculty at Christ University, Bangalore, India in the fall of 2016. He will assist in developing the capacity of the university’s counseling program to incorporate an evidence-based practice component into the training of counselors and future counseling faculty.


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