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Changamire awarded prestigious fellowship

Changamire awarded prestigious fellowship from American Association of University Women

Nyaradzai Changamire, a second year doctoral student in the College of Education’s educational policy and leadership concentration with a specialization in international education, has been awarded an international fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for 2015-16. Changamire, who is from Zimbabwe, is also the recipient of the 2014-2015 Graduate School/College of Education Fellowship and the college’s C.L. Vendien Endowed scholarship.

Robinson receives teaching award

Jasmine Robinson, a doctoral student in the College of Education’s language, literacy and culture concentration, and grade 3 teacher at Crocker Farm School in Amherst, received the 2015 Roger L. Wallace Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes elementary school teachers in Amherst and Pelham, Massachusetts,  who design community-centered curricula that is relevant and equitable to all children, and that fosters children’s local, regional, and/or national participation in society. The award acknowledges teachers’ commitments to lifelong learning and collaboration.

Muzeta Receives Fellowship

Brenda Muzeta, a doctoral student in our teacher education and school improvement concentration, received a 2015-16 Boscov Fellowship. The UMass Amherst Graduate School administers the Joseph L. Boscov Fellowship, which is awarded annually to a woman who is 35 or older, with financial need, “whose studies will equip her for increased service to the needs of people and/or the environment.”


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Bonanno-Sotiropoulos received teaching award

Doctoral student Kristen Bonanno-Sotiropoulos received the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award from Baypath University, Sunday May 3, 2015.  Kristen is an adjunct at Baypath University and a special education supervisor for the Holyoke Public Schools.


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Crandall wins teaching award

Cara Crandall, doctoral candidate in the College of Education's Language, Literacy, and Culture concentration, will receive the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award. This award, given annually to local teachers by The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, recognizes both the hard work and passion of those who work in the teaching profession.

Karim plans to work to help educate women in Afghanistan

Razia Karim, MEd 2017, is resolute in her goal to change the lives of Afghan women through education. “Change is happening and there is increasing support for women’s education,” she says, “but there are still many cultural barriers preventing women from participating in higher learning and many other aspects of society.”

[photo: Professor Joseph B. Berger with Razia Karim]

Bidiman receives Outstanding Grad Student award

Craig Bidiman, a second year master’s student in the higher education program, received the NASPA Region I: Richard F. Stevens Outstanding Graduate Student - Massachusetts Award, recognizes achievement, involvement and potential for leadership in emerging student affairs professionals. Bidiman serves as the Graduate Liaison for the NASPA Technology knowledge community. NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession.



Heffernan finalist for Presidential Award of Excellence

Doctoral student John Heffernan, mathematics, science and learning technologies concentration, was named one of three finalists for the Presidential Award of Excellence in Math and Science Teaching award (PAEMST) and was recognized at the Massachusetts Science Teachers Association's annual conference on November 13, 2014. Heffernan was also named to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s panel that is rewriting the state's technology literacy standards, which is expected to include computer science.

Konoeda presented at Princeton and in Japan

Keiko Konoeda, a doctoral student in the language, literacy and culture concentration, presented at the Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum in Princeton, New Jersey, in May.  Her presentation, “‘Taiwa’ to shite no maruchimedia seisaku (Multimedia production as ‘dialogue’)”, offered a Bakhtinian analysis of two college students' digital video production conducted as a part of a classroom research project in a Japanese language classroom. Based on the analysis, Konoeda proposed the reconceptualization of multimedia production projects in the classroom as "dialogue" of voices.

Riveros presents in Spain

Rosa Alejandra Medina Riveros, a doctoral student in the language, literacy and culture concentration, has been accepted as a presenter at the 7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation in Seville, Spain.  Her presentation will report the initial results of a qualitative case study that examined the challenges and strategies students, teachers and stakeholders face when developing EFL learning in a blended program in a private university in Colombia.


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