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Wright honored as a top state educator

Jun 19, 2016

Keith Wright (M.Ed. 2007), a science teacher at Springfield Renaissance School and a finalist for the 2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, was among those who were honored as the state’s top educators by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at a “Ceremony to Honor Excellence in Teaching” held at the State House in Boston on Wednesday, June 14. Wright is a Master Teaching Fellow in the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce S2TLC project in the College of Education.

Murphy served on Chancellor’s Undergraduate Advisory Council

Jun 19, 2016

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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Parker thanks college for career path

Jun 10, 2016

Fran Parker (BA 1966) visited Furcolo Hall during Alumni Weekend and her 50th reunion. She began her teaching career in the Albany, New York area, then moved to teaching positions in Illinois and Las Vegas, Nevada, retiring after 10 years teaching in San Diego, California.  “I stopped by to say ‘Thank you’ because I felt well prepared by the college. As a new teacher, my first assignment as a permanent sub was to set up a first grade class, and I just did it!” she said. “And I went on from there. My career was a testament to having the skills I needed from the beginning.

Hudson to direct program development

May 29, 2016

Kate Hudson,  education policy, research and administration, was named to the college’s new position of Director of Program Development. Hudson will expand on her previous responsibilities to provide comprehensive support to the development and advancement of Continuing and Professional Education programs and courses throughout the college.

 

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Barnes named to diversity position

May 29, 2016

Benita J. Barnes, education policy, research and administration, was elected by college-wide vote to the college’s new Director of Diversity Advancement position. Barnes’ focus will include continuing the development of policies to increase diversity in the recruitment, hiring, and retention of faculty, staff, and graduate students; initiating  practices that support continuous improvement of a climate that embraces and supports diversity throughout the college; and facilitating community outreach activities that enhance the college’s commitment to diversity.

Hutchinson appointed president of California State University, Chico

May 26, 2016

The California State University Board of Trustees appointed Gayle E. Hutchinson (Ed.D. 1990) as president of California State University, Chico. Hutchinson is currently the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at CSU, Channel Islands, and a former dean and faculty member of Chico State. Hutchinson succeeds President Paul Zingg, who is retiring in June. She is expected to begin her new position on July 1. Hutchinson will be the first woman president in the 129-year history of the University.

Faculty chosen for inaugural Innovate symposia

May 12, 2016

Four faculty from the College of Education were selected through a highly competitive process to participate in the inaugural Innovate@ symposia to be held at UMass Amherst this summer. They are: Catherine Dimmitt, Department of Student Development; and Torrey Trust, Claire Hamilton, and Sally Galman, all of the Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies.

Trust and students win international online learning award

May 10, 2016

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.

McDermott and Smith receive College Outstanding Teacher Awards

May 03, 2016

Kathryn McDermott, professor, and Cristine Crispin Smith, associate professor, both in educational policy research and administration, are the College of Education’s 2015-16 College Outstanding Teacher Awards recipients. This awards program was instituted as a complement to the Distinguished Teaching Awards given by the UMass Amherst Graduate School. The awards honor individual faculty members for their teaching accomplishments within their own colleges. They are given during the spring semester and recipients are recognized at undergraduate Commencement.

Carey awarded Fulbright Specialist grant to incorporate evidence-based practice in counseling curriculum at Christ University, Bangalore

Apr 17, 2016

John C. Carey, director of the Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research (CSCORE) in the College of Education, was awarded a grant through the Fulbright Specialist Program to work with faculty at Christ University, Bangalore, India in the fall of 2016. He will assist in developing the capacity of the university’s counseling program to incorporate an evidence-based practice component into the training of counselors and future counseling faculty.

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