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.

Categories: College of Education

Two faculty members elected to prestigious fellow status

September 3, 2014 Leave a comment


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

September 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Two Florida State University College of Education professors have been elected to fellow status in the American Psychological Association (APA): James Sampson, professor and associate dean for Faculty Development & Administration, and Steven Pfeiffer, professor and coordinator of the Counseling Psychology/School Psychology combined PhD program.

APA bestows the honor of fellow status to members whose work have made a national impact on the field of psychology and have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance.

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Steven Pfeiffer

“I was delighted to be elected to fellow status by the Division for Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts of the American Psychological Association,” said Pfeiffer. “Already a fellow of the APA Divisions of Psychotherapy, Child, Youth, and Family Services, and School Psychology, this was an especially gratifying honor because of my recent research and writing in the areas of creativity, emotional intelligence, and strengths of the heart.”

Pfeiffer’s research with gifted and high-ability children has been highly acclaimed in academia. He earned his PhD from an APA-accredited program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been a faculty member in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at Florida State since 2003.

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James Sampson

Sampson, who came to Florida State in 1982 after earning his PhD from the University of Florida five years prior, is the Mode L. Stone Distinguished Professor of Counseling and Career Development in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at Florida State.

Sampson’s research focus is on the examination and improvement of career development and computer applications in counseling and guidance. He has presented or consulted in 26 countries and has been honored with several awards throughout his career.

APA is the field of psychology’s largest scientific and professional organization in the United States. Pfeiffer and Sampson’s election to fellow status within the APA acknowledges the national impact that their research has made in the advancement of psychology.

Categories: EPLS, Faculty

Faculty awarded over $2 million dollars in Federal Grants

September 2, 2014 Leave a comment

Over the summer, our faculty at the College of Education received four Federal Grants totaling approximately $2.4 million dollars. Listed below are the principal investigators on these grants, as well as some information about each grant.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Motoko Akiba, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Ian Whitacre, School of Teacher Education
Funding agency/program: NSF: DR K—12
Title: Identifying an Effective and Scalable Model of Lesson Study

Principal Investigator: Dr. Christine Andrews-Larson, School of Teacher Education
Funding agency/program: NSF: IUSE
Title: Collaborative Research: Teaching Inquiry-oriented Mathematics: Establishing Supports

Principal Investigator: Dr. Kelly Whalon, School of Teacher Education
Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Mary Frances Hanline, School of Teacher Education
Funding agency: USDOE: Office of Special Education Programs,

Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Sherry Southerland, School of Teacher Education and Dr. Christine Andrews-Larson, School of Teacher Education
Funding agency/program: NSF: Robert Noyce Scholarship Program
Title: Preparing and Supporting Equitable Teaching in Mathematics and Science Classrooms: The FSU-Teach Noyce ProgramGrantsProfs


Categories: Faculty

FSU co-authored research paper to be presented in Washington, D.C.

August 27, 2014 Leave a comment

Dr. Toby Park
(850) 644-8168; tjpark@fsu.edu

By Kelli Gemmer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A research paper co-authored by Dr. Toby Park, assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and an associate director of the Center for Postsecondary Success at Florida State University, has been commissioned by The Civil Rights Project at UCLA to be presented Sept. 2 at the United States Capitol Center in Washington, D.C.

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Toby Park

“Do Higher Education Accountability Proposals Narrow the Opportunity for Minority Students and Minority-Serving Institutions? What New Research Tells Us” is a higher education research and policy briefing for congressional staff, policymakers, advocates, researchers and the press.

“Students of color have not achieved equal opportunity for higher education and many of the institutions that serve them are struggling with economic and policy challenges,” says The Civil Rights Project at UCLA. “Some critics of the Obama Administration claim that recent accountability and financial aid policy changes would close the door to college for many deserving students.” This convening brings together seven research papers that examine these issues with the goal of avoiding unintended consequences that could be disadvantageous to minority students.

Dr. Stella Flores, lead author and professor at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University, will present the paper co-authored by Park, which is entitled, “The Racial College Completion Gap: Evidence from Texas.”

In the paper, Flores and Park investigate how pre-college characteristics contribute to the achievement gap and how this contribution compares to postsecondary factors. “We must first understand inputs into postsecondary education if we are to make comparisons about outputs,” says Park. “This reasoning, however, may be overlooked with funding being tied to outcome measures.”

For more information on their related research, visit http://news.fsu.edu/More-FSU-News/Researcher-dispels-myths-of-minority-serving-institution-graduation-rates.

Educational Leadership & Policy 2014 faculty accomplishments

August 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Educational Leadership & Policy faculty have been hard at work in 2014. Their accomplishments include:

  • A total of 27 publications (17 refereed journal articles, 2 books, 8 book chapters and reviews) and a number of reports published or in press in 2014.
  • A total award of $10,328,535 for research and service projects which provided training and funding opportunities for graduate students, and many grant proposals currently under review.
  • Housing two top journals in the field: Educational Researcher and Comparative Education Review.

For a complete list of Educational Leadership & Policy faculty members, visit:


FSU College of Education welcomes new faculty

August 18, 2014 Leave a comment

This year, the FSU College of Education welcomes 5 new faculty members to the Tallahassee campus and 1 new faculty member to the Panama City Campus:

Courtney Preston: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Graig Chow: Educational Psychology and Learning Systems

Kathleen Krach: Educational Psychology and Learning Systems

Sarah Ivy: School of Teacher Education, Visual Disabilities 

Wenxia Wang: School of Teacher Education, Foreign and Second Language Teaching

Elizabeth Crowe: School of Teacher Education, Panama City Campus

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Categories: College of Education

Dr. Reiser and Office of Research host 2014 research poster session

August 15, 2014 Leave a comment

Dr. Robert Reiser and the Office of Research organized a poster session where faculty members shared their research projects with one another.






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