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

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

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

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.

Kimball named Family Research Scholar

Ezekiel Kimball,  assistant professor, educational policy, research and administration, was named a 2016-17 Family Research Scholar by the UMass Amherst Center for Research on Families (CRF). CRF noted that Kimball’s proposed project, “Academic Self-Concept & Parental Involvement in the Postsecondary Outcomes of Students with Disabilities,” is “tremendously important and relevant” to its mission.

Woodland to work with Pakistani educators

Rebecca Woodland, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, was awarded a $32,300 subcontract from the UMass Amherst Donahue Institute for the Instructional Leadership for Pakistani Educators Project, which will take place this summer.

 

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Austin Honored by Heritage Language Group

Theresa Austin, languages, literacy and culture, was recognized at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Heritage Language Special Interest Group in San Diego.

For her scholarship and leadership over the past six years, she was awarded a plaque honoring her contributions to heritage language education and research.

 

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Valdiviezo Discusses Teaching, Testing, Learning in Radio Interview

Laura A. Valdiviezo, associate professor of language, literacy and culture in the College of Education, discussed “Rethinking Testing, Teaching and Learning in Education” during a recent interview on New England Public Radio.

She urged listeners to evaluate testing not as an educational tool but as a profitable multibillion-dollar industry, and instead to pay due and much needed attention to the central role quality teaching and learning play in the construction of equity in education.

UMass Amherst Education Professor Co-edits Journal on 50-Year Impact of Pivotal 1965 Education Law

Kathryn A. McDermott, professor in education policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has co-edited a 50-year retrospective on the impact of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).

McDermott was joined by David A. Gamson of Pennsylvania State University, and Douglas S. Reed of Georgetown University in editing the current issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, and in writing the lead article, “The Elementary and Secondary Education Act at Fifty: Aspirations, Effects, and Limitations.”

Leadership Transition at CIE

Leadership Transition for the Center for International Education

January 12, 2016

Galman’s Spencer supports research on gender-nonconforming resilience experiences

Sally Campbell Galman received a one-year, $36,000 award from the Spencer Foundation for a new research project, Understanding young, gender-nonconforming children’s resilience experiences across child-life contexts. “Many of the stories we hear about transgender and gender nonconforming young people focus on the statistics about alienation, homelessness, suicide, academic failure, and so one, “ said Galman. “This study aims to go beyond the sad stories and cautionary talks to look at the resiliency, resistance and self-expression.

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