Faculty News

Read Schimmel’s article on the benefits of legal literacy to educators in Education Week

Nov 19, 2011

David Schimmel, professor emeritus, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, writes about the benefits to educators who learn about school law and to schools that have legally literate staff and administration. Read the article in Education Week.

Hamilton’s “PAVEd for Success” published

Nov 15, 2011

“PAVEd for Success- Building Vocabulary and Language Development in Young Learners” by Claire E. Hamilton, associate professor, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, and Paula J. Schwanenflugel, University of Georgia, has been published by Brookes.

Called a “road map to school readiness for preschool and kindergarten students,” the book is based on K-PAVE, a kindergarten vocabulary instruction program developed by Hamilton and Schwanenflugel, that has been shown to have positive impact on the vocabulary and academic achievement of kindergarten students.

Nieto selected as Laureate of Kappa Delta Pi

Nov 13, 2011

College of Education Professor Emerita Sonia Nieto has been selected as a Laureate of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), the international education honor society established in 1911 to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. Membership in the KDP Laureate chapter is limited to 60 people who, by their lives and work, exemplify the highest ideals of education. Nieto joins Margaret Mead, Albert Einstein, Jean Piaget and other distinguished individuals as a KDP Laureate

Hambleton receives Linn Award

Nov 10, 2011

Distinguished Professor Ronald Hambleton, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, received the Robert L. Linn Award for his outstanding contributions to measurement and educational policy including his work in the areas of test adaptation methodology, international assessment, item response theory, score reporting, and setting performance standards at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA.) As the recipient of the award, he has been invited to address the AERA’s 2012 annual meeting in Vancouver.

Kamat new member of Global Forum

Oct 28, 2011

Sangeeta Kamat, associate professor, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, has been invited to become a member of the Advisory Committee of the Global Forum on Indian Higher Education, an initiative of the Australia-India Institute at the University of Melbourne in Australia, with the support of other institutions, both in India and elsewhere. This initiative involves the creation of a web-based Global Forum on Indian Higher Education (GFIHE) designed to stimulate conversations around policy developments in Indian higher education.

Dimmitt Receives prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award

Oct 21, 2011

Carey Dimmitt, associate professor, Department of Student Development, has been named a recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award for exemplary teaching at the highest institutional level by the UMass Amherst Provost’s Office and the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. For more than 30 years UMass Amherst has conferred this teaching award that recognizes and honors individual excellence. It is the campus’ most prestigious prize for classroom instruction.

Sireci wins mentoring award from NERA

Oct 19, 2011

Stephen Sireci, College of Education professor, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, was awarded the 2010 Thomas F. Donlon Memorial Award for Distinguished Mentoring from the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA.) The award is given in recognition of Donlon’s long and valued contributions to NERA, particularly as a mentor, and is awarded to an individual identified for distinguished mentoring.

Wells and Whitcomb named 2011-12 Family Research Scholars

Oct 15, 2011

The Center for Research on Families has named six UMass Amherst faculty members, including two members of the College of Education faculty, 2011-12 Family Research Scholars on the basis of their promising work in family-related research. The COE scholars, both in the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, are assistant professors Ryan Wells and Sara Whitcomb.

COE outreach includes summer robotics for Springfield students

Oct 10, 2011

From The Republican newspaper
Robotics program wins funding
Friday, April 01, 2011

By PETER GOONAN
pgoonan@repub.com

SPRINGFIELD - The state has awarded a federally funded, $123,900 grant to Springfield to provide a six-week robotics program at Van Sickle Middle School this summer, expected to serve 145 local students.

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