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Barnes receives TIDE fellowship

The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD) announced that Benita Barnes, associate professor and College of Education’s director of diverslty advancement, has been selected as one of the 12 TIDE (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, & Equity) Ambassadors of the 2017-18 cohort.

Nieto awarded honorary degrees

Professor Emerita Sonia Nieto will receive two honorary degrees this spring: one from Rhode Island College (RIC) and the other from Ottawa University, Canada. RIC President Frank D. Sanchez noted that Nieto was nominated in part because of her commitment to RIC through Dialogue on Diversity, her academic expertise and her research.

Campus community invited to honor retiring deputy chancellor and interim dean Robert Feldman

The campus community is invited to join Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy to honor retiring Deputy Chancellor Robert S. Feldman on April 7 from 3-5 p.m. in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center.

Feldman, who is also serving as interim dean of the College of Education, announced in February that he will retire in June after close to 40 years at UMass Amherst.

Cook, EdD 1979, named NCME career award recipient

Linda Cook, EdD 1979, was named a recipient of the National Council on Measurement in Education’s (NCME) 2017 award for career contributions to educational measurement.

Nordveit named Public Engagement Faculty Fellow

Bjorn H. Nordtveit, associate professor in the department of educational policy, research and administration, is one of seven faculty members from across four colleges and schools who have been named Public Engagement Faculty Fellows by the Public Engagement Project (PEP).

DRE Retires

David R. Evans, professor, education policy, research and administration, retired in December 2016 after having served the College of Education for 48 years. As the founding director of the College’s Center for International Education (CIE), he built the center into a leader in international education, developing collaborative relationships with agencies such as the World Bank, UNESCO, USAID, and the Peace Corps to bring innovative, highly effective education initiatives to many of the world’s under-developed and war-torn nations.

Cynthia Gerstl-Pepin Chosen as Dean of UMass Amherst’s College of Education

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst has appointed Cynthia I. Gerstl-Pepin of the University of Vermont (UVM) to be the new dean of its College of Education, effective July 1, 2017.

Gerstl-Pepin, who is currently associate dean of UVM’s College of Education and Social Services (CESS), will succeed Robert Feldman, the deputy chancellor who has served as interim dean of the college since last February, following the resignation of Christine McCormick, who served as dean for 11 years.

Boscardin elected to CEC Board

Mary Lynn Boscardin was elected to the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Board of Directors in a recent member-wide election. She will begin her term as the Member-at-Large, Non-Designated on Jan. 1, 2017.

Boscardin will participate in the organization’s administrative, general legislative, and policy making body. The Board of Directors establishes strategic direction for CEC, addresses issues of concern, and sets policy.

Jocson named Canada-US Fulbright visiting research chair of Human Rights and Social Justice

Korina Jocson, associate professor, will participate in the 2016-2017 Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program as Visiting Research Chair of Human Rights and Social Justice at the University of Ottawa. The Research Chair will be housed in the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, which strives to bring together educators, researchers, and students from various disciplines based on the need to approach issues regarding human rights from a multidisciplinary perspective, including the arts, law, political science, and sociology.

Sireci selected for Samuel J. Messick Award

Stephen G. Sireci, professor of psychometrics and director of the College of Education’s Center for Educational Assessment, was selected to receive the 2017 Samuel J. Messick Memorial Lecture Award sponsored by the Educational Testing Service. This award identifies a recipient who will deliver a major address that will be “of great potential relevance to the improvement of foreign or second language testing practices” at the joint annual meeting of the International Testing Association and the Language Testing Research Colloquium. The award is given in honor of the late Samuel J.

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