FCR-STEM Faculty Receives 2014 Robert M. Gagné Award

July 10, 2014 Leave a comment

The Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) has awarded Dr. Ronald L. Carr The 2014 Robert M. Gagné Award for Graduate Student Research in Instructional Design. He has been awarded this honor based on his dissertation, “Educational standards, teacher preparation, and metacognition instruction for elementary students: Studies in pre-college engineering education,” as a student in Purdue’s Learning Design and Technology program, prior to coming to work at FSU in January.

“Gagné’s work and the reputations of the ISD and LSI programs that grew from his work are what attracted me to FSU, so receiving this award that was named for him is a great honor for me,” says Carr. “Just to be able to work at FSU is an honor for me!”

Carr’s dissertation contains three separate studies involving instructional design in the context of P-12 engineering education. Two additional chapters introduce the studies and outline how they unite under the umbrella of situated educational research, which is a term used to represent the pragmatic and theoretical nature of instructional design and design research.

Carr has been working at Florida State University in the Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) program since graduating from Purdue University in December, where he studied Learning Design and Technology under Dr. Johannes Strobel.


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Alumnus Appointed Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative

July 3, 2014 Leave a comment

Trevor Kincaid

July 3, 2014
Trevor Kincaid
BS ’05 Education

Trevor Kincaid has been appointed the Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Public and Media Affairs at the White House.The Office of Public and Media Affairs provides timely and accurate information about the latest activities and public statements from the Office of the United States Trade Representative. In the press center you’ll find press releases, fact sheets, and reports and publications on U.S. trade policy and activities at USTR, as well as photos, video, and blogs.

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FSUS Faculty Honored with Award at Educators Space Camp

June 25, 2014 Leave a comment

FSUS science teacher, Peter Carafano, returned from the Honeywell Educators Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama with several distinctions and awards. Carafano received the Outstanding Educator Award, an award given to the teacher that best represents the program’s ideals of leadership and support. It was presented to him by Astronaut Robert Gibson. He was also honored as Mission Commander of the Space Shuttle Discovery during a space simulator exercise competition involving aninternational team of 16 teachers. Carafano’s team took first place out of the 7 teams in the competition. Carafano is now eligible to apply to become an Educator Ambassador for the Honeywell Educators Space Camp Program. Congratulations!

Dr. Reynaud’s Leadership Helps Paralympic Sport

June 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Congratulations to Dr. Cecile Reynaud (Sport Management) who led the committee responsible for evaluating and recommending that USA Volleyball be officially designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) for the Paralympic sport of sitting volleyball in the United States.


ELPS Associate Professor Awarded Planning Grant

June 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Dr. Patrice Iatarola (Educational Leadership & Policy Studies) has been awarded a planning grant from the Council on Research and Creativity for her proposal “High School Accountability, Pushing Rigor: Evidence from Florida.” Dr. Iatarola is one of 16 faculty members at FSU who has been awarded a planning grant for Spring 2014.

President J. Stanley Marshall’s passing

June 9, 2014 Leave a comment


June 8, 2014

President J. Stanley Marshall’s passing 

Our entire community is saddened to learn of the passing of former Florida State University President and Trustee Dr. J. Stanley Marshall, who died earlier today, June 8, at the age of 91.

Dr. Marshall leaves a truly remarkable legacy.  Following his service in World War II, he became an educator and statewide leader in higher education, earning an international reputation for his work in reshaping the education of science teachers. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Marshall lived an engaged life of excellence and integrity; and our faculty, staff and students are grateful for his leadership and influence on the Florida State University campus, as well as our city and state.

While serving as Florida State’s ninth president, from June 1969 to August 1976, Florida State was known as the “Berkeley of the South” as student protests and faculty dissension placed the institution in the national spotlight. Notwithstanding the social and political upheaval of the time, he thoughtfully guided the university with a policy of “firmness coupled with fairness.” Because of this policy, campus protests resulted in arrests, rather than violence or casualties. In his 2006 book “The Tumultuous Sixties: Campus Unrest and Student Life at a Southern University” (Sentry Press), Dr. Marshall recounted how he was able to maintain order on the Florida State campus, while respecting the rights of free speech and assembly.

Dr. Marshall joined our faculty in 1958 as head of the Department of Science Education, and adjunct professor of physics.  He established the department of science education and programs to educate secondary school teachers in the sciences, and went on to become the associate dean of Florida State’s College of Education in 1965.  In 1967, he was appointed dean of the college.

Consulting widely in science education, principally in the Middle East, Dr. Marshall gained an international reputation for his work in reshaping science teacher education programs. He was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and served on that organization’s Commission on Science Education. Dr. Marshall was co-author of a widely used series of science textbooks for the elementary grades published by Scott Foresman.  He was the Founding Editor of “The Journal of Research in Science Teaching” and served as an advisor to Encyclopedia Britannica Films, the National Science Foundation, and to the U. S. Department of Education. He served as President of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Southern Region.  By Presidential appointment, Dr. Marshall served for five years on the Secretary of the Navy’s Advisory Board on Naval Education and Training, as well as serving as an advisor to the Secretary of the Army for on-campus Army ROTC programs. He served as a member of the Board of Regents of The National Library of Medicine, and was a Fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), where he served on the AAAS Commission on Science Education.

Dr. Marshall remained active in higher education following his retirement as Florida State president in 1976.  He founded The James Madison Institute in 1987 and served as its President and CEO from 1987 to 2000.  For many years thereafter he continued as Senior Scholar, publisher of the Institute’s quarterly Journal, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Later accomplishments include serving on the Bethune Cookman University Board of Trustees beginning in 1994, and concluding at the end of his four-year term as chairman in 2001. He also served on the Florida State University Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2005, and the Florida Board of Governors from 2005 to 2012.  He later founded Sonitrol, a Tallahasee-based company that provides electronic security and fire protection for businesses and homes in the area.

As a member of the community, he served on numerous commissions and boards, including the Florida Commission on Cabinet Reform in 1995, and the Florida Constitution Revision Commission in 1997-1998. In addition, he served on the boards of the Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center and the Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce, and received the latter’s Lifetime Leadership Award.

Dr. Marshall’s contributions to science teacher education and higher education are countless; and equally immeasurable is his legacy as a genuine “Renaissance Man” – a global reputation that was shaped by his extraordinary intellect and standing as a champion of objectivity and fairness.

Our thoughts are with his wife, Shirley, their five children, and 13 grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 16 at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Tallahassee.

Garnett S. Stokes
Interim President
Florida State University




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Collaborative Article by STE Assistant Professor Honored as Top Twenty Publication by ALA

June 3, 2014 Leave a comment

Dr. Shelbie Witte, Assistant Professor in the School of Teacher Education, collaborated with two FSU professors from the School of Library & Information Studies, Dr. Don Latham and Dr. Melissa Gross, in an article examining how teachers and school librarians are trained in their pre-service education to collaborate with each other. The article, published in School Library Research, volume 16, was recently honored as a Top Twenty publication by the American Library Association.

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