2014 TORCH alumni magazine published

October 24, 2014 Leave a comment

The TORCH 2014 College of Education alumni magazine has been published! Pick up your copy around the building or view the magazine online.

This year’s magazine showcases Dr. Young-Suk Kim and her many awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), as well as Education in the Muslim World featuring Dr. Jeffrey Milligan, Dr. Ayesha Khurshid, Dr. Helen Boyle, Dr. Peter Easton, and Dr. Stephanie Zuilkowski.

Sport Management associate professor appointed editor of the Sociology of Sport Journal

October 21, 2014 Leave a comment
Michael Giardina, professor of advertising

Dr. Michael Giardina

Dr. Michael Giardina, associate professor of Sport Management, has been appointed as the next editor for the Sociology of Sport Journal, the official journal of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport. “It is arguably the leading journal in the field of Sport Management,” said Giardina. “It’s Impact Factor is nearly twice that of the field’s other major journal, the Journal of Sport Management.”

The Sociology of Sport Journal is the highest ranked sport-specific journal in the “Hospitality, Leisure, Sport, &Tourism” subject category, and 15th overall in-category. It is also ranked 46/137 in the general “Sociology” category.

Giardina’s three-year term as editor starts in November.

Assistant professor receives Transformation Through Teaching recognition

October 21, 2014 Leave a comment
College of Education faculty and staff headshots. Lara Perez-Felkner

Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner

Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner has been selected for the Transformation Through Teaching recognition by the Spiritual Life Project at FSU. She was nominated by one of her students for her transformational role in their academic life.

Perez-Felkner is an assistant professor of Higher Education and Sociology in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She teaches graduate courses in Sociology of Education, Sociology of Higher Education, and Outcomes of Higher Education, and Applied Regression. Impressed by the enthusiasm and caliber of FSU students, she is currently collaborating with and supporting multiple graduate and undergraduate students involved in research on higher education policies and pathways to degrees in the sciences.

The Transformation Through Teaching dinner will be held on November 17 at the President’s House.

Faculty hard at work producing new research publications

October 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Faculty members at the FSU College of Education have been hard at work the past year gathering research for new publications.

Dr. Young-Suk Kim, associate professor of Reading and Language Arts, is publishing an article in Child Development titled, “Language and Cognitive Predictors Text Comprehension: Evidence from Multivariate Analysis.”

Dr. Sherry Southerland, professor of Science Education, and a number of FSU graduate students and faculty produced an article in Science Education titled, “Examining the Influence of RETs on Science Teacher Beliefs and Practice.”

Dr. Sandy Lewis, professor of Visual Disabilities, edited ECC Essentials: Teaching the Expanded Core Curriculum to Students with Visual Impairments, which also included a chapter written by Dr. Amy Guerette, associate dean for academic affairs.

Dr. Jeanne Wanzek, associate professor of Special Education, is about to publish two journal articles. The first is in the Journal of Educational Research and is titled, “The effects of team-based learning on eighth grade social studies learning.” The second article, “Promoting acceleration of comprehension and content through text in high school social studies classes,” can be found in the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness.

Dr. Russell Almond is in the midst of publishing his new book, Bayesian Networks in Educational Assessment.

Two faculty members receive 2013-2014 Distance Learning Awards

October 15, 2014 Leave a comment


CONTACT: Kelli Gemmer
(850) 645-4637; kgemmer@fsu.edu

October 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Two College of Education faculty members have been selected as 2013-2014 Distance Learning Award winners.

College of Education faculty and staff.

Joshua Newman

Dr. Joshua Newman, associate professor of Sport Management, has been selected as a recipient of a 2013-2014 Distance Learning Award for Excellence in Online Course Design.

“The Distance Learning Award for Excellence in Online Course Design recognizes new or newly redesigned online courses that exhibit quality design as measured by the Quality Matters™ rubric, which includes review of instructional materials, learning objectives, assessment strategies, learner interaction and engagement, course technologies, learner support, and accessibility,” said Susann Rudasill, director at the Office of Distance Learning.

A committee of FSU faculty members reviewed Dr. Newman’s teaching evaluations, support materials and online course site for SPM 4012 – Sport in Society and SPM – Sport & Film, and selected him for the award based on his exemplary work in the online classroom.

College of Education faculty and staff headshots. Vanessa Dennen

Vanessa Dennen

Dr. Vanessa Dennen, associate professor of Instructional Systems, has received two Distance Learning Awards: Excellence in Online Teaching and Innovative and Effective Use of Technology.

The Distance Learning Award for Excellence in Online Teaching acknowledges recent online courses that display online teaching strategies that engage students as learning partners. After reviewing Dennen’s teaching evaluations, support materials, and online course site for EME 6635 – MOOCs and Open Learning, a committee of FSU faculty members chose Dennen as a recipient of the 2013-2014 award.

“The Distance Learning Award for Innovative and Effective Use of Technology recognizes recently implemented technology with a positive impact on student learning and motivation and which facilitates instructional delivery, is easily disseminated, and provides a reasonable return on investment,” said Rudasill. Dennen’s work in the course, EME 6635 – MOOCs and Open Learning, led the committee of FSU faculty to select her as an award recipient.

Newman’s and Dennen’s awards will be presented at the 2014 Distance Learning Awards on Friday, November 14, 2014.

FSU Higher Education program won several awards at NASPA-FL conference

October 15, 2014 Leave a comment


CONTACT: Kelli Gemmer
(850) 645-4637; kgemmer@fsu.edu

October 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Our Higher Education program had an exceptional day representing Florida State University at the 2014 NASPA-FL Conference on October 3! Graduate students Aura Altimiranda, Matt Jones, and Samantha Yorke won 2nd place in the Case Study Competition.


Jones, Yorke, and Altimiranda

“The six judges gave us very positive reviews and we wanted to personally thank Dr. Schwartz for preparing us with the information we chose to present to them today,” began Samantha Yorke. “It was amazing how quickly we could pull information from Dr. Schwartz’ course and apply it the case study.”

“In fact,” Yorke continues, “the judges explained how impressed they were with the FSU HESA program for educating first years on policies and historical occurrences in higher ed. We are very proud to be a part of the HESA 2016 cohort.”


Guthrie and Osteen

In addition, Dr. Kathy Guthrie, assistant professor of Higher Education, and Dr. Laura Osteen, adjunct faculty of Higher Education, were awarded a Research Award at the 2014 NASPA-FL Conference.

Dr. Guthrie’s research focuses on the learning outcomes and environment of leadership and civic education, online teaching and learning, and professional development for Student Affairs Professionals. Dr. Osteen’s research interest is undergraduate change agent development and she is a member of the Leadership Identity Development (LID) research team.

FSLE doctoral student receives prestigious scholarship

September 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Brenda Wawire

Brenda Wawire, a doctoral student in the Foreign and Second Language Education program, has received the International Peace Scholarship. Established by P.E.O. in 1949, the fund provides scholarships to women from other countries who are pursuing graduate studies in the United States and Canada.

“I am very honored to be a recipient of the International Peace Scholarship,” said Wawire. “Through this opportunity I will be able to attain my educational goals, which will contribute immensely toward achieving my career goals.”

Wawire is an international student from Matunda, Kenya. She hopes to complete her coursework soon so she can start work on her dissertation research.

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