Sport Management student awarded ACC postgraduate scholarship

February 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Katie Mosher

Katie Mosher, a senior in the Sport Management undergraduate program, has been named a recipient of the ACC’s Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, a postgraduate scholarship awarded to select student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree after graduation.

Mosher was acknowledged for her outstanding performance on the FSU Volleyball team as well as her work in the classroom. On the court, Mosher is a three-year team captain and Florida State’s all-time digs leader. In 2011, she helped Florida State become the first ACC school in history to appear in the Women’s Volleyball National Semifinal.

“Katie was a great role model for our team,” said Chris Poole, Head Coach of FSU Volleyball.  “She was one of the few players that I have coached that literally came to practice early or stayed late all the time to get in extra reps in order to be the best player she could be. That work ethic helped her to be a great student in our sport management program and she has won many awards for our team on the court and from her academic success.”

Off the court, Mosher is a two-time Golden Nole award winner. In 2014, she was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and achieved the Golden Torch honor by turning in the team’s highest GPA for the 2013-14 school year.

“Katie Mosher’s selection as a recipient of this year’s ACC Postgraduate Scholarship is a prime example of the type of effort she gives in all aspects of her life,” said Dr. Jason Pappas, Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Practicum in the Department of Sport Management. “She was one the most dedicated, consentaneous and passionate students I have had the great fortune of teaching.”

Proposal elected for funding by AERA’s Service Project Initiative

February 24, 2015 Leave a comment
College of Education faculty and staff headshots. Deborah Reed

Deborah Reed

A proposal by Dr. Deborah Reed, Literacy Instruction for Juvenile Offenders: Meeting the More Rigorous Standards of the Revised GED, has been elected by the American Educational Research Association‘s (AERA) Education Research Service Project Initiative (ERSP) for funding. AERA’s ERSP program provides small grants to education researchers who are offering their pro bono expertise to educational organizations, institutions, or other community groups that have identified and expressed a need for such assistance.

Dr. Reed is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the School of Teacher Education and teaches courses in reading instruction for students with high incidence disabilities. She also works at the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) as a research faculty member. Her research focuses on effective reading instruction for vulnerable populations such as adolescent English language learners and those in the juvenile justice system.

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Conference in learning sciences accepts paper by Dr. Fengfeng Ke

February 17, 2015 Leave a comment
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FSUS Classroom Simulator

The International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning has accepted a conference paper written by Dr. Fengfeng Ke, associate professor of Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies. The paper, “Immersive Simulation on Collaborative Learning about a Complex Dynamic System,” examines the effect of Astronaut Challenge, an immersive, flight-simulation-based learning program, on the collaborative learning process and science knowledge development of ninth grade students.

The research focused on the space flight simulator instructional system (SFIS) developed by the Science Department at Florida State University Schools (FSUS) through a grant funded by the Florida Department of Education. The focus of the grant was to develop two systems: a classroom based system that could easily be replicated by science teachers in Florida and a mobile space flight system which could be used throughout the state to promote STEM. Peter Carafano, associate professor in the Science Department at FSUS and co-author of the paper, contributed to the research through his experience as astronaut challenge program director and knowledge of the SFIS.

The International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) is a major international event, which gathers together people involved in all aspects of the field of technology-based collaborative learning, including research, education, training and technology. The conference is organized by the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) and occurs every two years. The papers accepted by CSCL are generally in the nature of collaborative learning in technologically supported environments from empirical, theoretical, conceptual and design based approaches.

CSCL is one of only two conferences in the field of Learning Sciences. This year’s conference will be held June 7-11, 2015, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Irish are coming to Florida

February 12, 2015 Leave a comment


CONTACT: Peter Carafano, (850) 245-3700

February 12, 2015

The Irish are coming to Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On February 25th through the 28th Florida State University Schools (FSUS), the K-12 Charter Lab School for Florida State University, will once again sponsor the State of Florida Student Astronaut Challenge. The Astronaut Challenge, which is entering its fourth year, is held at the Kennedy Space Center and is co-sponsored by Florida State University, NASA, the Florida Engineering Foundation and Coaxis. Fifteen teams and four alternate teams (114 students), selected through a regional competition, meet to compete in three STEM based events. The most popular event consisting of teams performing the pre-flight operation, launch, orbit and landing of the Space Shuttle Enterprise mobile flight simulator that was designed, constructed and operated by FSUS.

This year FSUS, working with Coaxis, a local business, has invited a high school team from Dublin, Ireland, to fly to the United States and compete in this year’s competition. The focus of this international partnership is to help the teachers leading this Irish team develop the foundation for a similar program to support her countries development of their ability to promote STEM education. For more information please contact:

Peter Carafano, M.Ed.
Associate Professor, Science Department
Astronauts Challenge Program Director
Florida State University Schools
(850) 245-3700

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Vanessa Dennen appointed editor-in-chief of esteemed education journal

February 11, 2015 Leave a comment

The Internet and Higher Education

Dr. Vanessa P. Dennen, Associate Professor of Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies, has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Internet and Higher Education, a quarterly journal published by Elsevier. Dennen previously served as Associate Editor for the journal.

The Internet and Higher Education is devoted to addressing contemporary issues and future developments related to online learning, teaching, and administration on the Internet in post-secondary settings. As an international and interdisciplinary journal, it invites contributions from across the globe and from various academic disciplines. The Social Sciences Citation Index ranks The Internet and Higher Education in the top 20 in its subject category, Education and Educational Research.

As a researcher, Dr. Dennen studies online discourse and communities of practice. As a practitioner, she has worked as an instructional designer and evaluator in corporate, government and higher education settings.

SPORT presents 7th annual Spear Conference

February 9, 2015 Leave a comment
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SPEAR Conference

The Sport Psychology Organization and Research Team (SPORT) is a student lead graduate organization developed to foster professional development within the field of sport and exercise psychology. Their major annual event is a two-day conference, where many prolific and well-respected scholars from diverse disciplines and fields, as well as international speakers are invited to share their expertise at the Sport Professionals’ Experience And Research (SPEAR) Conference.

The 2015 conference theme is “Social Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology.” The focus of the conference will be on examining a broad spectrum of topics that are intimately related to the reciprocal relationship that society shares with sport and exercise. Areas of interest include gender, race, social effects of participation, moral and character development, sexuality, and more.

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Keynote Speakers

This year’s conference will take place on February 16th and 17th in room 203 of the Student Services Building. The keynote speakers include Dr. Jay Coakley, Professor Emeritus at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; Dr. David Conroy, Professor in Preventive Medicine-Behavioral Medicine at Northwestern University; and Dr. Sigal Ben-Zaken of Wingate Institute in Israel. The conference will also feature presentations by Vanessa Fuchs, Senior Associate Athletics Director at Florida State University (FSU); Dr. John Lata, Assistant Athletic Director for Student Services at FSU; and Dr. Ryan Rodenberg, Assistant Progessor of Sport Management at FSU.

The complete schedule for the two-day conference is as follows:

Day 1: Monday, February 16th

9:00 – 10:00 AM

10:00 – 10:15 AM
Welcoming Remarks
Betsy J. Becker, Ph.D., Department Chair, EPLS, FSU

10:15 – 11:15 AM
Safe Sport
Cecile Reynaud, Ph.D., FSU, Sport Management

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
Keynote Address
Youth sports: Changing Experiences for Young People
Jay Coakley, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

12:30 – 1:30 PM

1:30 – 2:30 PM
Student Presentations
Justin Mason, Ph.D., EPLS, FSU
Savannah Ward, Ph.D., EPLS, FSU
André Luis Aroni, Visiting Scholar, Universidade Estadual Paulista

2:30 – 3:45 PM
Keynote Address
Dual Process Theory of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior
David Conroy, Ph.D., Northwestern University

Day 2: Tuesday, February 17th

8:30 – 9:00 AM

9:00 – 10:00 AM
Athletic Department Student Services
Vanessa Fuchs, Senior Associate Athletic Director, FSU
John Lata, Ph.D., Assistant Athletic Director for Student Services, FSU

10:00 – 11:15 AM
Keynote Address
Behavioral Intervention Technologies
David Conroy, Ph.D., Northwestern University

11:15AM – 12:15 PM
Keynote Address
The Genetic Basis of Athletic Performance
Sigal Ben-Zaken, Ph.D., Wingate Institute

12:15 – 1:15 PM

1:15 – 2:15 PM
Referee Analytics: Bias in Basketball and Football
Ryan Rodenberg, Ph.D., Sport Management, FSU

2:15 – 3:30 PM
Keynote Address
College Sports at a Turning Point: Uncertainties for Athletes
Jay Coakley, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

3:30 – 3:45 PM
Closing Remarks
Jason Ritchie, SPORT President, FSU

For more information and to register, visit

Alumnus Mike Martin honored by TMH

February 5, 2015 Leave a comment

Mike Martin

Mike Martin, College of Education alumnus and head coach of the Florida State Baseball Team, was honored by Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for a donation he and his family made to benefit the Children’s Center COPE Program. COPE, which stands for Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment, is an evidence-based program established in 2012 to benefit both the Tallahassee Memorial Children’s Center and the Newborn Intensive Care Unit.  In honor of this generous donation, the Tallahassee Memorial Children’s Center Playroom was named “The Mike Martin Family Playroom.”

Martin graduated from the College of Education in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. As an undergraduate, he played for the Florida State Baseball Team and later went on to become assistant coach and then head coach. He is one of only four baseball coaches in NCAA history to win 1,500 games at the Division I level. In 2007, he was inducted in the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. As part of the FSU Alumni Association centennial, Martin was named to FSU’s list of 100 distinguished graduates in 2009.

For more information or to see the video from the celebration in Martin’s honor, view the Tallahassee Democrat article.

Photo credit: FSU Baseball

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