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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.

Lyiscott receives Fulbright

Jamila Lyiscott received a 2017 Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad Grant entitled, "Learning in Ghana: Linking Language, Literacy & Culture."  This U.S. Department of Education program "provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor."

Woodland and Hannahan awarded State Dept grant

Rebecca Woodland, associate professor, educational policy, research and administration, and Mike Hannahan, UMass Donahue Institute, were awarded a $471,575 U.S. Department of State grant to deliver the Instructional Leadership Institute for Pakistani Educators, which entails 5 days of instructional leadership training in Pakistan and 5 weeks of professional development in the UMass Amherst College of Education for a group of Pakistani educators.

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Nieto will receive Squire Award

Professor emerita Sonia Nieto has been named the recipient of the James R. Squire Award by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).  One of NCTE’s most distinguished awards, it is given in recognition of outstanding service, not only to the stature and development of the council and the discipline which it represents, but also to the profession of education as a whole. It is reserved for an NCTE member who has had a transforming influence and has made a lasting intellectual contribution to the profession.

Galman named journal editor

Sally Campbell Galman has been named incoming editor of Jeunesse:Young People, Texts, Cultures, an interdisciplinary, refereed academic journal that publishes research on and provides a forum for discussion about cultural productions for, by and about young people.


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