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Malaney named Graduate Student of the Year

PhD student Victoria Malaney, educational policy, research and administration, was named Graduate Student of the Year by the MultiRacial Network of the American College Personnel Association. (ACPA). Her research interests are in multiracial college students, intergroup dialogue, race, and student activism. She works in the Dean of Students Office as a special assistant, supporting students in personal and academic crisis. She is the current chair of the ACPA’s Multiracial Network.

Studying teachers of Syrian refugees in Jordan – Michael Acosta

Michael Acosta spent a year in Jordan on a Boren Fellowship before returning to complete his studies at UMass College of Education in 2016. In addition to attending 20 hours per week of intensive Arabic language classes, he conducted research on Jordanian teachers’ opinions of effective conflict mediation techniques used in classrooms with Syrian refugee students.

Six students awarded REAL fellowships

Six College of Education graduate students received Research Enhancement and Leadership (REAL) fellowships from the Graduate School. They are: Roehl Sybing, language, literacy and culture concentration; Darius Taylor, research, educational measurement and psychometrics (REMP) concentration; and Amari Boyd, Aurora Santiago-Ortiz, Alisha Smith and Andrew Torres, all in the social justice education concentration. The REAL program is designed to facilitate the recruitment and success of minority students, enrich the university’s intellectual community, and help diversify the professoriate.

Murphy served on Chancellor’s Undergraduate Advisory Council

Fallon Murphy, an education major, served on the 2015-16 Chancellor’s Undergraduate Advisory Council, which meets monthly with Chancellor Subbaswamy. Murphy, who plans a career in teaching, said that the experience has “sparked” her interest in educational policy and administration. She was nominated to serve on the Council by Camille Cammack, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies.

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Trust and students win international online learning award

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Online Learning Network announced that Torrey Trust, assistant professor, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, and the master’s students in her Educational Web Design course, were selected as the winners of the 2016 ISTE Online Learning Award. The award recognizes teachers, educators and/or education leaders who use online learning to engage learners in K-12 and higher education by incorporating innovative learning opportunities.

Bosch receives CADRE fellowship

Christina Anderson Bosch, a doctoral candidate in special education in the College of Education, was awarded one of 10 highly competitive one-year Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE) fellowships.  CADRE is a resource network for STEM education researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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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