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Keller and Randall, EPRA, accepted into Statistics Institute

Jul 30, 2011

College of Education professors Lisa A. Keller and Jennifer Randall, both in the Department fo Educational Policy, Research and Administration, have been accepted into the American Educaitonal Research Administration (AERA) Statistics Institute for Faculty.

This initiative of the AERA grants program, which is supported by the National Science Foundation, is intended to help develop a critical mass of U.S. education researchers using large-scale federal data sets, especially those sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies.

Center for Educational Assessment scores high grades for new test

Jul 26, 2011

The Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test for Math and Reading (MAPT), developed by the College of Education’s Center for Educational Assessment in cooperation with state education officials, has earned a top score from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE).

The federal Office of Vocational and Adult Education has given the test a seven-year approval for use in the National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS) – an outcome-based reporting system for state-administered, federally funded adult education programs.

Galman quoted in Anthropology News

Jul 20, 2011

Sally Campbell Galman, assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, is quoted in an article in the February 2010 edition of Anthropology News in the Society for Anthropology of Work column. The article talks about a roundtable offered at the 2009 American Anthropological Association’s meeting in Philadelphia titled “Balancing Children and the Academy from Grad School to Tenure,” in which scholars, including Galman, who are also parents, share their experiences.

Hambleton honored with APA division's Jacob Cohen Award

Jul 19, 2011

Ronald Hambleton, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, has been chosen to receive the prestigious Jacob Cohen Award for Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring from Division 5 of the American Psychological Association.

The Jacob Cohen Award recognizes demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentoring as well as educators who positively influence students in Division 5-based areas and in contributing through teaching and mentoring in public forums, such as workshops, conference presentations, and publications.

Faculty co-author book on learning with new technologies

Jun 30, 2011

“Transforming Learning with New Technologies,” written by the College of Education’s Robert W. Maloy, senior lecturer, Ruth-Ellen Verock-O’Laughlin, lecturer, and Sharon A. Edwards, clinical faculty member, and Beverly Park Woolf, research professor in Computer Science, has been published by Pearson.

Gajda's article is journal's most-viewed for 2009

Jun 25, 2011

A study by Rebecca Gajda, associate professor, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, in the International Journal of Public Administration was the publication’s most viewed article last year.

“‘Communities of Practice’ as an Analytical Construct: Implications for Theory and Practice” was co-authored by Christopher Koliba of the University of Vermont. The article was published last January.

More Information: Journal website

Dr. Nugent speaks at conferences in Australia, Belgium, Portugal

Jun 23, 2011

J. Kevin Nugent, professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, gave the keynote address at “The infant, the family and the modern world: Intervening to promote healthy relationships,” the 2009 joint conference of the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health and the Australian Marcé Society, in Melbourne, Australia, in October.

Dr. Davis Receives Public Service Endowment Award to implement energy curriculum project in Springfield schools

Jun 18, 2011

Kathleen Davis, associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, is a recipient of a Public Service Endowment Award from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Public Service Endowment Grant, intended to enhance the public service mission of UMass Amherst, funds the delivery of public services through special projects with an emphasis on converting knowledge into readily usable forms for immediate applications. This year, the awards were given to projects that related to outreach and engagement in Greater Springfield.

Dr. Carey Dimmit part of new honors seminars

Jun 10, 2011

Carey Dimmitt, professor in the Department of Student Development and Pupil Personnel Studies, will participate with faculty from 21 UMass Amherst departments in Commonwealth College’s Advanced Honors Seminars designed to prepare the college’s students for their independent research and capstone projects. Dr. Dimmitt’s seminar is titled "EffectiveTeaching PreK-16: What Works?"

School of Education’s Center for International Education begins work with Kabul Medical University, Afghanistan

Jun 05, 2011

Recently, USAID asked the College of Education’s Center for International Education’s Higher Education Project (HEP) to take on an additional responsibility to strengthen The Kabul Medical University. The new component is managed by the Academy for Educational Development in partnership with three U.S. universities. The College of Education’s Center for International Education (CIE) and the Institute for Global Health (IGH.) comprise the UMass Amherst unit.

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