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Botelho recognized for distinguished service

Maria Jose Botelho, associate professor, teacher education and curriculum studies, was recognized by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi for "Distinguished Service to the University of Massachusetts Amherst” specifically for her work in the local community both for her writing and literacy workshops, as well as for organizing the 5 College Arts program.

Chrystal George Mwangi named ISSR Scholar

Chrystal George Mwangi, assistant professor, educational policy, research and administration, has been named one of six 2018-19 Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) Scholars. ISSR's mission is to promote excellence in social science research, and the Scholars Program is one of its key strategies for strengthening social science infrastructure at UMass.

Mosselson invited to serve on INEE policy working group

Jacqueline Mosselson, associate professor, educational policy, research and administration, has been invited as a representative of the College of Education to serve as a member of the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies’ (INEE) 2018-2020 Education Policy Working Group (EPWG.) Mosselson is currently a Visiting Research Fellow, Refugee Studies Centre​, Department of International Development, University of Oxford.

Hamilton awarded Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowship

Claire Hamilton, associate professor, teacher education and curriculum studies, was awarded a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowship for the 2018 calendar year, according to John McCarthy, interim provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Kamat Shares Research on Inclusive Universities at International Symposium in India

NEW DELHI – Sangeeta Kamat, an education professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, presented research on creating diverse and equitable campuses at Inclusive Universities: Linking Equity, Diversity and Excellence for the 21st Century, an international symposium and report launch held in New Delhi, India, on Feb. 12. Kamat was the principal investigator on the joint research project between UMass Amherst and the KSP Women’s Studies Center at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU).

Mosselson appointed research fellow at Oxford’s RSC

Jacqueline Mosselson, associate professor, educational policy, research and administration, has been appointed as a Visiting Research Fellow in the Refugee Studies Centre, Department of International Development, at Oxford University for the spring of 2018.  Mosselson's research draws on political, social, and cultural contexts of identity construction, critical psychology, international and comparative education, and cultural studies.

Kimball awarded fellowship

Zeke Kimball, assistant professor, higher education, was awarded a spring 2018 Faculty Fellowship by the university’s Public Engagement Project. Faculty Fellows meet twice per month during the 2018 spring semester, attend panels and skill-building workshops offered by faculty, communications experts from University Relations, and others experienced with public engagement. They also receive peer mentoring tailored to their personal public engagement plan, as well as the opportunity to present their research to Massachusetts lawmakers.

Boscardin elected president CEC

Mary Lynn Boscardin, professor, special education, has been elected president elect of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Board of Directors. Boscardin will serve as a voting member of the board and provide leadership to CEC’s planning and programs. She also will oversee the work of CEC’s committees to ensure that their work enhances the functioning of the Board and contributes to the overall strategic direction of the organization.

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Kamat named editor

Sangeeta Kamat, professor, educational policy, research and administration, was named editor of a new journal “Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education,” an international refereed scholarly journal committed to advancing understanding of the roles and purposes of higher education.

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Zuniga at Aspen Institute civil discourse meeting

Ximena Zúñiga, social justice education, participated in an Aspen Institute’s meeting “Civil Discourse in a Fractured Age” on November 7-8, in Washington D.C. Organized by the Aspen Institutes’ Youth and Engagement Programs, the generative meeting involved leading scholars, technology experts and practitioners in youth civic engagement. Topics discussed in the meeting included conveying civil discourse through stories, how technology and media shape experiences within civil discourse, how young people engage in civil discourse.

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