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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.

Rallis selected to participate in evaluation “thought leaders” initiative

Sharon F. Rallis, the College of Education’s Dwight W. Allen Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and Reform, was selected to participate in the Building Bridges Initiative organized by the American Evaluation Association’s Evaluation Policy Task Force, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to coincide with the 10 year anniversary of the USDOE declaration of Randomized Control Trial (RCT) as the gold standard for evaluation.
 

In Memoriam: Professor Luis Fuentes

Professor Luis Fuentes
1928-2014
Rest In Peace

The following was written by Sonia Nieto, Emerita Professor, College of Education.

Marcotte receives College Outstanding Teacher Award 2014

Amanda Marcotte, assistant professor, Department of Student Development, received  the 2014 College Outstanding Teacher Award. The College of Education’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Linda Griffin, announced the award at the College’s end-of-year meeting in May.

Sara Whitcomb to receive award

Sara Whitcomb, assistant professor, Department of Student Development, has been selected to receive the 2014 University of Oregon College of Education’s Horizon Alumni Award. The award is given in recognition of alumni less than 10 year post-graduation who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and a significant or ongoing commitment to extraordinary work, research or volunteerism.

Irizarry selected for Pantoja award

Associate professor Jason Irizarry, College of Education’s Director of Urban Education, was selected to receive the Antonia Pantoja Award from the Latino Scholarship Association, Holyoke, Mass., and Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts for his leadership in the education of Latino/a youth.

Sullivan and Adrion awarded NSF funds

Florence Sullivan (TECS) and W. Richards Adrion, Department of Computer Science,were awarded $300,915 by the National Science Foundation to develop and pilot a new research method that combines microgenetic analysis techniques derived from developmental psychology with learning analytic techniques from the field of computer science.

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