FSU online graduate education programs ranked No. 2 for veterans!

May 21, 2015 Leave a comment

Micah Chapman, alumnus

Florida State University ranked No. 2 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Online Programs for Veterans rankings.

“The College of Education is committed to student service, especially to those who have served our country,” said Marcy Driscoll, dean of the College of Education. “As an early pioneer in online education at FSU, we are excited to see our achievements earn this recognition and we are continuing to develop innovative programs that provide a quality education to students and veterans both on and off campus.”

To qualify for the Best Online Programs for Veterans rankings, an online degree program had to fulfill the following requirements:

  • They must belong to institutions that are certified for the GI Bill.
  • They must belong to schools participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program or to public institutions that charge in-state tuition for all out-of-state veterans.
  • They had to be among the top 75 percent of schools in the overall 2015 Best Online Programs rankings, which were released earlier this year. The College of Education ranked No. 2 in the nation for overall best online graduate education programs.

The College of Education currently offers degrees in educational leadership/administration, instructional systems and learning technologies and special education studies.

Faculty members receive recognition at Spring Faculty Meeting

April 29, 2015 Leave a comment

Dr. Angie Davis

Several faculty members received awards at the College of Education Spring Faculty Meeting, held on April 28, 2015.

Dr. Angie Davis, Teaching Faculty II in Elementary Education, received the Undergraduate Teaching Award. Dr. Davis is the Program Coordinator for Elementary Education. Her research interests include at-risk students, adolescent depression, instructional strategies, and social studies education.


Dr. Mary Frances Hanline

Dr. Mary Frances Hanline, Professor of Special Education, was awarded the Graduate Teaching Award. Dr. Hanline coordinates the online Special Education Studies M.S. program. Her research interests focus on the effectiveness of inclusive, developmentally appropriate, play-based intervention.


Dr. Jeffrey James

Dr. Jeffrey James, Professor of Sport Management, was named Mode L. Stone Distinguished Professor. Dr. James serves as Chair of the Department of Sport Management, and teaches select courses including Research Methods, Seminar in Sport Marketing, Sport Sponsorship and Sales, and Sport Marketing.


Dr. Juhan Mixon

Dr. Juhan Mixon, Executive Director of the Florida Association of School Administrators (FASA), was awarded the UCEA 2015 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. Although Dr. Mixon is not an FSU College of Education faculty member, faculty members nominated him for this recognition. Dr. Mixon has held several positions in education including principal, Superintendent of Schools in Pinellas County, and Deputy Commissioner of Education for the State of Florida.

Congratulations to all of our award winners!

Farewell to Dr. Peter Easton

April 28, 2015 Leave a comment

Peter Easton

Last Friday, FSU College of Education faculty, students, and staff attended a celebration of Dr. Peter Easton‘s 30 years of service to FSU and 50 years in the field of international education, in addition to his retirement.

This semester was Easton’s final semester with the college and many gathered to show their gratitude to the Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy. He holds a master’s degree in International Education from Stanford University and a master’s in Economics, plus a Doctorate in Educational Foundations from Florida State University. He worked and resided for ten years in West Africa, first as a Peace Corps volunteer and then as a technical assistant in adult literacy and rural development programs and finally as an educational planner.

To see photos from the event, view our Facebook album.

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FSU Sport Management participate in community outreach

April 28, 2015 Leave a comment

FSU Sport Management graduate and undergraduate students recently hosted a basketball tournament at a local resource center serving individuals experiencing homelessness. The students planned and executed the tournament at the Renaissance Community Center, a host for local initiatives that work to address the unmet needs of those in the Tallahassee community who are economically disadvantaged and/or experiencing homelessness.

Students learned lessons in event operations, marketing, finance, volunteer management, diversity and inclusion in sport. The event was made possible by a grant from FSU’s Office of Undergraduate Studies.

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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 sreed@fsu.edu or (850) 294-4019.

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