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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An opportunity to acknowledge two iconic SOE faculty
Help us launch an initiative to recognize two of our most respected faculty through a gift to the Nieto/ Rudman Scholarship Fund.
College of Education Professors Emerita Sonia Nieto (Ed.D. 1979) and Masha K. Rudman (Ed.D. 1970) have honored UMass Amherst and the College of Education with a combined 70 years of dedicated and exemplary leadership as they blazed paths to national prominence in their respective fields of multicultural education and children’s literature.
The Review of Research in Education, an official journal of the American Educational Research Association, recently published assistant professor, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, Laura A. Valdiviezo's co-authored chapter, "Adolescent Literacies in Latin America and the Caribbean" (2011). The volume edited by Stanton Wortham is dedicated to review contemporary research in youth cultures, language and literacy.