Congratulations to the 2015 Robert M. Gagné Research Award finalists and winners

April 14, 2015 Leave a comment

Robert M. Gagné Research Award

Robert Mills Gagné earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1940. Following an already distinguished career working with U.S. Air Force research laboratories, acting as Director of Research for the American Institutes of Research, and serving as a distinguished professor a the University of California at Berkley, in 1969 Gagné was recruited to FSU. He is the only faculty member in the College of Education (COE) to have served as President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He is only the second COE faculty member to have been named a Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor, the highest honor that the faculty can bestow on a colleague. His scholarly contributions elevated the reputation of his program, Instructional Systems, as well as the College and University. Gagné retired in 1985 but continued working and writing for almost 10 years. He died in 2002. This award honors his research legacy and the spirit of mentoring with which he worked with students and faculty colleagues.

Robert M. Gagné Research Award Winners:

Faculty: Dr. Debra Osborn

Graduate Student: Umit Tokac

Robert M. Gagné Research Award Departmental Finalists:

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Faculty: Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner

Graduate Student: Sama’a AlMubarak

Educational Psychology and Learning Systems

Faculty: Dr. Debra Osborn

Graduate Student: Umit Tokac

School of Teacher Education

Faculty: Dr. Elizabeth Jakubowski

Graduate Student: Anna Strimaitis

Sport Management

Graduate Student: Jeeyoon Kim

FSU College of Education and Leon Schools’ partnership facilitates mutual aid between adolescents and the community

April 14, 2015 Leave a comment
50 Large farm

Dr. George Boggs

In 2009, Leon County Schools established the 50 LARGE program through a Gang Free Schools and Communities Grant. 50 LARGE, which is an acronym for Leadership Achievement Responsibility Growth Education, is aimed at redirecting energies of young men within targeted populations and changing lives by inspiring hope, molding character, teaching responsibility, and providing ‘real’ economic opportunity.

Dr. George Boggs, Assistant Professor of English Education, helped 50 LARGE develop a new entrepreneurship program to complement mentoring and academic support efforts already in place. Beginning in May 2014, a handful of the 30 adolescents who participate in 50 LARGE began converting residential land in Tallahassee into an incubator for food and agriculture-related businesses. Besides the sweat, anticipated and ongoing action is facilitating the development of socially significant literacies in marketing, STEM fields, and interpersonal communication.

50 Large market

Frenchtown Heritage Market

50 LARGE’s first trip to market with produce they had planted, tended, picked, packaged, and priced coincided with this year’s opening of the Frenchtown Heritage Market, a new initiative born out of spirit of partnership among the City of Tallahassee, Frenchtown Neighborhood Improvement Association, Inc., Tallahassee COPE Coalition, and the Greater Frenchtown Revitalization Council.

50 LARGE members, like Tyge Williams, are taking leadership in the project, making money, and making decisions on the farm. The market day was a first for Williams; he sold produce to the community that he’d grown as part of an apprenticeship Boggs hopes may have many positive consequences in the future.

Through 50 LARGE, the students are learning how to create jobs for themselves in economic growth areas designated by federal, state, and local government. “This project was inspired by a sense of mutual opportunity as the College of Education and Florida State University promoted an initiative for entrepreneurship,” said Boggs. “I wanted to create an entrepreneurial educational goal for communities at risk for low school achievement.”

This project builds upon a mutually beneficial relationship between the 50 LARGE students, Leon County Schools, the Tallahassee community, and the College of Education (COE). Boggs coordinates a longstanding, mutually beneficial partnership for academic support between the COE School of Teacher Education and 50 LARGE. Stay tuned for this year’s Torch Alumni Magazine in Fall 2015 to learn more.

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FSU alumni and friends reception at AERA annual meeting

April 13, 2015 Leave a comment

Annual Reception

Join us for the Florida State University Annual Reception sponsored by friends of the College of Education and held in conjunction with the 2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting. The event will take place on Friday, April 17th from 6:00-8:00PM at The Art Institute of Chicago. Admission is free and all FSU alumni and friends are welcome to attend. Complimentary cocktails and food will be provided.

The AERA meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. This year, 53 faculty members, graduate students, and researchers from the FSU College of Education, Florida Center for Reading Research, and the Learning Systems Institute will be presenting. In addition to research presentations, many will participate in poster and roundtable sessions. (View the complete list of FSU presenters and presentation topics.)

For more information about the reception or to RSVP, please contact Sarah Reed at or (850) 294-4019.

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“Advocacy in Education: Where Do I Belong?” presentation tonight

April 13, 2015 Leave a comment


The FSU English Education program is hosting a presentation by Susan Houser, Vice President of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) tonight, Monday, April 13th, G103 Stone Building, 7:00 p.m.

Houser, a Florida resident and teacher, will share NCTE’s vision for legislative advocacy, designed to help teachers, parents, and students advocate for best literacy and teaching practices. Federal and state issues will be addressed as well as how professional networking can guide teachers through a rocky climate.

The presentation will center around the following questions: In trying to find our place in advocacy for our profession, what do we need to know? How can we approach legislators and decision makers in a way that will help our causes and not hurt our chances of making change? These concerns and others will be discussed in this session as well as how to form advocacy groups, talking points about literacy, and other issues to help you find where you can fit in.

Another part of this session will deal with professionalism and belonging to professional organizations that can aid you in keeping your sanity in a time when teachers are on the firing line almost every single day. Networking, building relationships and finding support groups are essential in being a well-rounded, successful professional in today’s educational world.

Question and answer period will follow. For information, contact Dr. Shelbie Witte, Program Coordinator and Associate Professor in English Education, at or (850) 644-6738.

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2015 Marvalene Hughes Research in Education Conference will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015

April 3, 2015 Leave a comment


Join us for the 2015 Marvalene Hughes Research in Education Conference, hosted by the Council on Research Education (CORE)!  The Marvalene Hughes Research in Education Conference is an annual event that allows for faculty and students to share current research projects. The conference provides an avenue for internal celebration of the quality research being done across the College and offers opportunities for further collaboration across departments.

Dr. Marvalene Hughes is a distinguished alumna of the College of Education, a 2007 FSU Grad Made Good recipient, and former President of Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. Her generous support of this event portrays her commitment to higher education and her vision for creating partnerships that advance the common good.

The event will be held in the Stone building on Friday, April 10th from 8:00am – 1:30pm and will feature research presentations and posters from our graduate students and faculty. To see this year’s program and photos from past events, visit the CORE website.

Graduate students and faculty receive honors in excellence

April 2, 2015 Leave a comment

Dr. Valerie Shute

Each year, the FSU Graduate School recognizes graduate students for their excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship. Also recognized are graduate students who have received external funding for their outstanding contributions.

In addition, the Graduate School recognizes faculty members for their outstanding mentoring of students.  Dr. Valerie Shute, Professor of Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies, will be honored as an award recipient of the Graduate Student Mentor Award.

This year, the College of Education has eight students who received recognition:

2015 FSU Graduate Student Awards

Graduate Student Leadership Award

  • Meagan Arrastia, Educational Psychology & Learning Systems

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

  • Catherine Greeley-Bennett, School of Teacher Education
  • Brett Walter, School of Teacher Education

Graduate Student Achievements

Preparing Future Faculty Fellows

  • Abdulrahman Olwi, School of Teacher Education
  • Marilyn Anglade, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

2014-2015 Program for Instructional Excellence Teaching Associates

  • Timothy Pressley, Educational Psychology & Learning Systems

External Awards

2014-2015 External Award Recipients

  • Tingxuan (Tina) Li, Educational Psychology & Learning Systems
    ETS/NAEP Predoctoral Fellow
  • Sherrina Lofton, Sport Management
    2014 FSU McKnight Doctoral Fellowship

Dr. Shute and the eight graduate students will be recognized for their outstanding achievements at the Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 3:30pm in the FSU Alumni Center.

Researchers receive grant to develop online toolkit for co-parenting after divorce

March 31, 2015 Leave a comment
College of Education: Jim Sampson

Dr. James Sampson

A grant from the Vandermark Foundation and our distinguished alumnus, Peter Scanlon (Ph.D. ’79 Counseling Psychology), will support a collaborative project between faculty here in the College of Education, the College of Social Work, and the College of Communication & Information with assistance from the Film School.

The $250,000 grant will be used to create an online toolkit designed to foster healthy co-parenting in families of divorce. It will be available at no cost to the multitude of families who experience divorce annually, as well as to family members, mental health professionals and lawyers who support these families through the divorce process.

“The entire FSU community, the state and families nationally will benefit from this extraordinary gift and FSU’s commitment to excellence through intercollege collaboration over the next several years,” said James Sampson, associate dean in the College of Education.

The online site will launch this fall and be available nationwide.

View the articles written by Florida State 24/7 and the Tallahassee Democrat about this collaborative research initiative.


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