The College of Education welcomed the first cohort of students in the new online Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership and Policy to campus for orientation and a three-day face-to-face seminar.
The online Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) is Florida State University’s first online doctoral program. This program prepares education leaders and scholarly practitioners to be knowledgeable about organizational systems, actively engaged in research to improve policy and practice, and attuned to issues of equity.
The program is developed for working professionals who have a master’s degree and have relevant professional experience. Working with premier faculty, students will develop the professional and analytical skills to address the most pressing problems in education. Graduates assume roles as senior-level educational leaders, policymakers, and policy researchers both domestically and internationally.
The three-year program starts in summer with three courses including the face-to-face seminar. For more information about the program and application process, please contact Linda Lyons.
A study led by Samantha Nix, doctoral student in Higher Education, has gained enormous media coverage since its release in Frontiers in Psychology on June 9, 2015.
“It has been exciting to watch as news outlets and blogs started writing about our study,” said Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner, co-author and assistant professor of Higher Education. “We knew in advance about some, which contacted us in advance for comment and questions; others were a surprise.”
“Perceived mathematical ability under challenge: a longitudinal perspective on sex segregation among STEM degree fields” examines why some students shun math-intensive fields. Nix, Perez-Felkner, and Kirby Thomas, doctoral student in Sociology, investigated how perceived ability under challenge—particularly in mathematics domains—influences entry into the most sex-segregated and mathematics-intensive undergraduate degrees: physics, engineering, mathematics, and computer science (PEMC).
Perez-Felkner believes that the study has done well in the media because it resonates with many different audiences. “For those of us who care about STEM persistence in college, there’s something here for you. The same is true for those who care about career aspirations, course taking, and socialization for girls and boys in adolescence. In addition, we have all struggled with difficult math at some point in time, and responded to it with some combination of excitement about the challenge, frustration, and/or a sense of defeat.”
The study has been featured in:
- Big Think, June 9, 2015, by Dustin Petzold: “Girls Underestimate Their STEM Aptitude, Boys Overestimate.”
- EurekAlert!/AAAS, June 9, 2015: “Misperception discourages girls from studying math-intensive science, shows study.”
- Medical Daily, June 9, 2015, by Kristin Magaldi: “Women in Science: Poor Self-Perceived Ability in Math Leads to Less Female Scientists, STEM Subjects.”
- Metronews (France)*, June 11, 2015, by Elodie Christmas – “Idée reçue n°24 : les filles sont moins bonnes en maths que les garçons.”
- Motherboard, June 9, 2015, by Victoria Turk: “How Misperceptions About Math Contribute to the Science Gender Gap.”
- Newswise, June 9, 2015: “Study: Misperception Discourages Girls From Studying Some STEM Fields.”
- Phys.org, June 9, 2015: “Misperception discourages girls from studying math-intensive science, shows study.”
- Science 2.0, June 10, 2015, by News Staff: “Why Some Girls Don’t Study Math-Intensive Science.”
- Science Codex, June 9, 2015: “Misperception discourages girls from studying math-intensive science, shows study.”
- Tallahassee Democrat, June 9, 2015: “Study: Math fears discourage girls from STEM fields.” Reprinted in June 10 print edition, p. 3C.
- Tendencias21 (Spain)* June 11, 2015, by Yaiza Martínez: “Una percepción errónea aleja a las mujeres de la ciencia.”
- The Conversation, June 9, 2015, by David Miller: “Beliefs about innate talent may dissuade students from STEM.” Reproduced on IFL Science! blog and Phys.org.
“The media exposure is a pleasure, not only because the positive and critical attention benefit our research team and the university, but more importantly, it gets the word out about relevant considerations for teachers and schools, parents, students, and scholars,” said Perez-Felkner. “The more we can translate empirical findings to the public, and suggest appropriate actionable implications of the findings, the better we are as education researchers and social scientists at serving the public good with our skills.”
The study was supported through the FSU Libraries Open Access Publishing Fund and the National Science Foundation (NSF), which emphasizes the importance of broadening the impact of federally-funded research.
Photo credit: Bill Lax – Florida State University
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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.
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, 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, 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, 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!
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.
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.
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
Graduate Student: Jeeyoon Kim