Mary Deane Sorcinelli, College of Education professor and Associate Provost for Faculty Development, received a 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. This award honors alumni with national and/or international distinction who have translated their UMass Amherst experience into distinguished achievement in the public, business or professional realms, and have shown service to UMass Amherst in the financial, volunteer, or advocacy sectors.
Cristine Crispin Smith, associate professor, College of Education’s Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, has been awarded the Kenneth J. Mattran Award for Promoting Literacy Nationally and Internationally by the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE). This award is given to a practitioner with five or more years of adult education teaching experience who participates in school and community activities, who understands the characteristics of the adult learner and who is committed to the adult/continuing education profession.
COE Professor Emeritus Liane Brandon’s formal portraits of members of Local 1329 longshoremen, their families and descendants who were interviewed for “Working the Boats”, a documentary-in-progress by Claire Andrade-Watkins, associate professor, Emerson College, are part of an exhibition “Masters of the Craft: Gallery of Memory”, at the Providence, RI, City Hall. The show runs from January 24 to March 15.
The College of Education’s online graduate program in education, Science Education Online (SEO), has been ranked 59th in the country by U.S. News & World Report. According to U.S. News, 208 online education programs were evaluated and assigned an overall numerical rank based on factors that include student engagement, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. Admissions selectivity was factored into the rankings for all online master’s degree programs.
Professor emerita Sonia Nieto of the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies and associate professor Kathryn A. McDermott of the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration were among 168 education scholars nationwide named to The American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) Frederick M.
UMass International Ed Team Spearheads Associate Degree Program in Afghanistan
A group of faculty and graduate students at UMass Amherst is beginning to develop a network of associate degree programs in Afghanistan. With an 11.2 million dollar U.S. AID grant, the team is designing administrative and teaching strategies for what will be the country's first ever two-year degree option.
Distinguished University Professor Ronald K. Hambleton received the College of Education’s Award of Distinction, given on special occasions to faculty, alumni or friends of the School in recognition of their significant contribution to the College of Education, to their field of specialization or to the growth and development of their fellow or current students.
Doctoral student Lee McKinnon, Children, Families and Schools concentration, served as guest editor for the Brazelton Institute on-line publication, “Ab Initio International.” This publication is designed to promote the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge about developmental processes in the first years of life, with a special emphasis on prevention and treatment. This issue includes McKinnon’s interview with T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician, author and developer of the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale.
Roberto G. Barbosa is a visiting scholar who is a doctoral student in science education at the University of Londrina in Brazil. He is the recipient of a full fellowship from the Brazilian government as a part of its Science Without Borders scholarship initiative.