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Hudson to direct program development

May 29, 2016

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

May 29, 2016

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

May 12, 2016

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

May 10, 2016

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

May 03, 2016

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

Apr 17, 2016

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.

New editions by Rossman and Rallis

Mar 25, 2016

The 6th edition of Designing Qualitative Research by Catherine Marshall and Gretchen Rossmanhas been published by SAGE (2016).  Rossman notes that this new edition features a companion website that provides ancillary materials to supplement the book.  Details can be found at:  http://www.sagepub.in/books/Book240236/reviews.  This book on the design of various approaches to qualitative inquiry has been a best-seller since 1989 and has been translated into Mandarin and Vietnamese.

Six faculty members named to administrative leadership team in College of Education

Mar 17, 2016

Six faculty members recently accepted interim positions in the College of Education. They are: Martina Nieswandt, associate professor in science education, Interim Associate Dean for Research and Development; Jennifer Randall, associate professor in psychometric methods, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Raymond Sharick, lecturer in elementary teacher education, Graduate Program Director; John Hosp, professor, Interim Chair of the Department of Student Development; Laura A.

McDermott receives Spencer grant to investigate implicit bias in schools

Mar 15, 2016

College of Education professor Kathryn A. McDermott, an expert on the politics of education policy, received a 2016-17 Spencer Foundation Mid-career grant to conduct research on how implicit bias influences school practices and school-level effects of education policy.

“The effects of broad policies in education depend on the day-to-day decisions that teachers and administrators make about students,” McDermott explained. “Understanding how these decisions contribute to maintaining or challenging racial bias is key to understanding the actual effects of public policy.”

Wells named ISSR scholar

Mar 13, 2016

Ryan Wells, education policy, research and administration, was named one of seven 2016-2017 Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) Scholars. ISSR's mission is to promote excellence in social science research. One of its goals, served by the scholars program, is to strengthen existing social science infrastructure on campus in order to stimulate high-quality scholarship and interdisciplinary collaboration. Wells' research focuses on college access and success for underrepresented students.

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