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Education in conflict and crisis network

A team from the College’s Center for International Education joins a USAID-UNESCO effort to provide access to education to millions in conflict zones

Crosson receives Distinguished Achievement Award

Professor emerita Patricia Crosson, (MEd 1972, EdD 1974) who served as department chair in the College of Education, director of the Institute for Education Policy, deputy provost, and interim provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at UMass Amherst, is among three to receive the Distinguished Achievement Awards at the May 8, 2015 undergraduate commencement. She retired in 2001 and is now Senior Advisor for Academic Policy for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

Nieto Elected to National Academy of Education

Professor emerita Sonia Nieto has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Education, an honorific society consisting of U.S. members and foreign associates who are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education.

Irizarry Honored for Contributions to Educating Diverse Learners

Jason Irizarry, associate professor and director of urban education in the College of Education, has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from the John Dewey Society in recognition of “his work as a contribution to the theory and practice of educating diverse learners in a democracy.”The award is the highest honor that the society bestows upon educators in its field.

Yu named ISSR scholar

Seong Yeong Yu, assistant professor, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, has been named one of six 2015-2016 Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) scholars. This year’s scholars represent four colleges and six departments on the UMass Amherst campus. ISSR Scholars participate in a year-long seminar that helps them develop a strong research grant proposal and they will have opportunities to consult with nationally-recognized experts about their proposals.

Kimball awarded 2015 Emerging Scholars Award from ACPA

Ezekiel Kimball, assistant professor, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, was selected as one of six national recipients of the 2015 Emerging Scholars Award by College Student Educators, International (ACPA). The Emerging Scholars Program supports, encourages, and honors early-career individuals who are emerging as contributors to student affairs and higher education scholarship and who are pursuing research initiatives congruent with the mission, interests, and strategic goals of ACPA.   

Nieto shapes public discussion about education

Professor emerita Sonia Nieto has been named one of the country’s most influential education policy scholars in American Enterprise Institute’s 2015 “Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings,” which recognize 200 university-based scholars who shape public discussion about education. Nieto ranked 32nd. To determine the rankings, Institute director and Education Week blogger Frederick M.

Brandon’s “Power lifters” images on display at Augusta Savage Gallery

The work of filmmakers Liane Brandon, College of Education professor emeritus, and Holly Fisher is featured in an exhibition of film and photography entitled POWER/PLAY at the Augusta Savage Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, November 3-21. There will be an Opening Reception on November 3 from 5-7pm with the artists in attendance.

Evans receives Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity

David R. Evans, professor, Department of Educational Policy Research and Administration, received a 2014 Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity from Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy during Faculty Convocation. This Award was created to annually recognize faculty achievements and current campus initiatives that bring national and international renown to the University.

Sorcinelli Keynotes Teaching Conference at Fudan University in China

Mary Deane Sorcinelli, associate provost for faculty development, director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development and professor of  educational policy, research and administration, delivered the invited keynote address at the Conference on Innovating Teaching and Learning held May 17-19 at Fudan University in Shanghai.

China’s Ministry of Education has named Fudan University, one of the premier research universities in China, as a national level demonstration site for a new center for faculty development.


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