Alumni News

COE Alumna Named Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life

Apr 15, 2010

Jean Kim has been named vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, assuming the post she has held on an interim basis for the past nine months.

Kim is a UMass Amherst alumna who launched her career in student affairs at the university’s flagship campus in the mid-1970s and has worked at seven universities. This is Kim’s fifth tenure as the chief student affairs officer.

COE offers webcast of Latino Education and Advocacy Day from California State University on March 29

Apr 01, 2010

Laura A. Valdiviezo, assistant professor, College of Education, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum studies, will facilitate a UMass Amherst webcast viewing of the Latino Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) summit held at California State University, San Bernadino, on Monday, March 29, in Furcolo Hall, IPC Lab, Room 22 from 10:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. and in Furcolo Hall, Room 222 from 3:30- 10:00 p.m.

Wells' research shows benefits for adjuncts improves job satisfaction for all faculty

Mar 30, 2010

Ryan Wells, assistant professor, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, was quoted in an article published in the November 18 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Titled “Benefits for Adjuncts Can Boost Job Satisfaction for All” by Audrey Williams June, the article looks at Wells’ and co-author Paul Umbach’s research paper, "Contingent Contentment? Exploring Job Satisfaction of Four-Year College Part-Time and Full-Time Non-Tenure-Track Faculty."

COE hosts animal behavior and autism expert Temple Grandin March 2

Mar 02, 2010

College of Education associate professor Claire Hamilton will host a presentation by Temple Grandin, an advocate for people with autism and a world renowned animal behaviorist and expert on their humane treatment, on Tuesday, March 2, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., at 137 Isenberg School of Management.

Delegation from Portugal learns about U.S. education during visit to School of Education

Feb 25, 2010

Ten educators and journalists from Portugal met with College of Education faculty recently to learn about teacher education practices, licensure, and trends and challenges in teacher preparation and evaluation in the United States

Porter publishes new book

Feb 20, 2010

Rosalie Pedalino Porter (Ed. D. 1982) has published “American Immigrant: My Life in Three Languages”, iUniverse, 2009. Part personal memoir, part an account of education reform on a national scale, Porter’s book chronicles three decades of professional and political activities on behalf of immigrant children in the U.S. and other countries including Bulgaria, China, Israel, Italy, Japan and Turkey.

Prager Named Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year

Feb 12, 2010

The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) named Marcy Prager (B.A. 1973),  a first and second grade teacher at Driscoll School in Brookline, Mass., Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year. She was honored at the 89th NCSS Annual Conference in Atlanta, Ga., in November.

Dr. Sonia Nieto gives annual presentation to EDUC 377 students

Jan 30, 2010

College of Education Professor Emerita and multicultural and bi-lingual education expert Sonia Nieto recently gave her annual presentation to students in EDUC 377 “Intro to Multicultural Education.” Dr. Nieto talked about the case studies of multicultural students across the country that are noted in her book, Affirming Diversity: the Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural  Education, which is going into its 6th edition. The studies are models for the final cultural profile project students complete at the end of the academic year.

The School of Education named partner in Pioneer Valley Readiness Center.

Jan 05, 2010

The College of Education is one of four lead partners, with Westfield State College, the Hampshire Educational Collaborative, and the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, in the recently established Pioneer Valley Readiness Center.

The purpose of the center, as charged by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is to provide professional development and instructional services to educators at all levels and targeted assistance to improve districts and schools.

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