FSU College of Education Alumnus Receives Single Highest Honor Given by the FSU Alumni Association

October 24, 2016 Leave a comment

On Oct. 15, the FSU Alumni Association held its annual Homecoming Awards Breakfast recognizing the accomplishments of notable alumni and faculty who have secured their place in Florida State University history by pushing boundaries and redefining standards within their respective fields.

FSUCOE alumnus William “Bill” Proctor (B.S. ’56, M.S. ’64, Ph.D. ’68) received the single highest honor given by the FSU Alumni Association, the Bernard F. Sliger Award!

Named for the 11th president of the Florida State University, the Bernard F. Sliger Award is the single highest honor given by the FSU Alumni Association. This award recognizes a member of the university community who has made a major contribution toward the fulfillment of the mission of Florida State University.

A former FSU football player under Coach Tom Nugent, Dr. Proctor turned down an offer to play for the Cleveland Browns in the NFL, instead becoming a high school football coach in Longwood, Florida. He returned to FSU to obtain his advanced degrees during which he also served as dean of men and as an assistant football coach under Bill Peterson.

In 1971, with a doctorate in educational leadership, he became president of Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida — a position that he would hold for 30 years. Today, the library at Flagler bears his name and he continues to serve the institution as chancellor.

In 2004, Dr. Proctor was elected to the Florida House of Representatives where he served for eight years on several important committees including Education Appropriations. He was inducted into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988 alongside his wife, Pam Proctor (B.S. ‘56), in recognition of their contributions in the form of two endowed football scholarships.

In 2007, Proctor took on one more assignment for his alma mater, generously serving as FSU’s interim director of athletics.

Learn more about Dr. Proctor and watch his acceptance speech here.

View photos from the Alumni Association’s Homecoming Awards Breakfast here.

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William “Bill” Proctor (B.S. ’56, M.S. ’64, Ph.D. ’68) accepts the Florida State University Alumni Association’s Bernard F. Sliger Award

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FSU College of Education Honors Distinguished Alumni

October 10, 2016 Leave a comment

The Florida State University College of Education proudly announces the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award winners.

Established more than 25 years ago, the College of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards provide an avenue of honoring graduates of the college who have distinguished themselves through scholarly, creative and humanitarian achievement and service to their profession.

Each year, recipients are nominated by their peers and selected by the College of Education alumni council. This year’s award winners are:

Government and Community Service: David Wiles (B.S. ’64), professor emeritus, SUNY- Albany

Business and Industry: Lindy Benton (B.S. ’77, M.S. ’78), president and CEO, Vyne healthcare

International: Frank Lester, Emeritus Chancellor’s Professor of mathematics education and cognitive science, Indiana University

K-12 Education: Lisa Williams (Ed.S. ’05), music education teacher, Department of Defense Education Activity

Postsecondary (University): Bill Law (M.S. ’74, Ph.D. ’77), president, St. Petersburg College

Distinguished Educator: Imogene Mixson (Ph.D. ’72), former interim president, Wallace Community College-Dothan


Distinguished Alumni Award winners with Dean Marcy Driscoll (left to right) Lisa Williams, Imogene Mixon, Lindy Benton, Frank Lester, Bill Law, Marilyn McCall Wiles on behalf of David Wiles

The College of Education dean and administrative leadership members, department chairs, faculty, family and friends honored these six individuals at an awards ceremony and dinner held Friday, Sept. 30 during College of Education Week.

To learn more about the College of Education’s Distinguished Alumni, visit http://education.fsu.edu/alumni-and-friends/distinguished-alumni.

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Sport Psychology alum to serve as sport psychologist for USA Track & Field

July 15, 2016 Leave a comment

July 15, 2016

Chris Stanley

Chris Stanley

Chris Stanley — a researcher at Florida State University’s Florida Center for Reading Research — is set to serve as one of two sport psychologists for the USA Track and Field team at the U20 World Junior Championships from July 19 to July 24 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Stanley, who earned his MS in Sport Psychology at FSU in ’04, also serves as an adjunct faculty member for FSU’s sport psychology program. He is thrilled to be a part of USATF’s medical support staff for one of the world’s most important competitions in the sport of track and field.

“These are young athletes — older adolescents and emerging adults,” Stanley said. “This is a significant milestone for them and there are a lot of psychosocial aspects that need to be monitored. The sport psychologists are there to help them be aware of these things and the challenges that may arise and impact their performance, positively or negatively.”

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Researchers Assess Florida Developmental Education Reform

July 6, 2016 Leave a comment

July 6, 2016 

shouping hu

Dr. Shouping Hu

Two years after state-mandated developmental education reform to the Florida College System, Florida State University researchers say there are both positive and negative student outcomes as a result of the changes. 

The findings were a part of a research report released by FSU’s Center for Postsecondary Success assessing the effects of a 2013 state law that allows some Florida high school graduates to avoid college placement exams and opt out of remedial education courses — no matter their academic ability or preparation for college. The research was funded in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

The researchers analyzed student data for the cohorts of first-time-in-college students from 2009-2010 to 2014-2015. 

“The early evidence of our research indicates some worrisome signs while also offering a cautiously optimistic outlook,” said Shouping Hu, the project lead and a professor in the FSU College of Education. “It is worrisome that a higher percentage of students did not pass the courses they took, but it is also encouraging to see that the overall share of students passing gateway courses increased after the reform, and the gaps along the line of race/ethnicity actually narrowed as well.” 

Once developmental education courses became optional in 2013, enrollment in those courses declined across all subject areas for students of all racial/ethnic backgrounds, with the largest decline for black students, followed by Hispanic and then white students. Following the reform, the passing rates for developmental courses decreased slightly, after taking into account of student background characteristics and prior academic preparation. 

The researchers then looked at student success in first-level college courses, also known as gateway courses, both for students taking the courses as well as for the student cohort as a whole each year. 

The findings from the report included: 

  • Enrollment in gateway courses increased substantially for all students in both English and mathematics, and the rates of increase were higher for black and Hispanic students than white students.
  • The likelihood of passing gateway English and mathematics declined for students enrolled in those courses. The declines were similar for all students, with the exception that black students experienced bigger decline in likelihood of passing gateway English. 
  • Because of increased enrollment in gateway courses, the overall number of students successfully passing a gateway course in the first semester has increased, and the cohort-based gateway course passing rates increased in 2014, compared to previous cohorts. 
  • All students had gains in the cohort-based gateway course passing rates in 2014 compared to previous years, and Hispanic and black students showed even larger gains on that measure. Thus, the overall achievement gap between traditionally underrepresented minority students and white students in gateway courses is narrowing in Florida. 

The report also suggests taking developmental courses could help academically unprepared students increase their eventual chance of success in gateway courses. 

“The findings as a whole from our early analyses suggest that it is still important to advise students who are severely academically underprepared to take developmental courses instead of taking gateway courses without any developmental education support,” said Toby Park, an assistant professor in the FSU College of Education. 

Taking remedial courses and gateway courses during the same semester was particularly beneficial, according to Park. 

The Center for Postsecondary Success research team received a five-year research grant in the amount of $3.3 million from the Institute of Education Sciences to continue to assess the impacts of the redesign on student longer-term outcomes such as degree completion, while also examining institutional programs and practices that may help students succeed in college. 

In addition to Hu and Park, the center’s research team for the report includes Florida State faculty members David Tandberg, and Tamara Bertrand Jones; postdoctoral research fellow Chenoa Woods; and graduate research assistant Keith Richard. 

The full report is available at http://centerforpostsecondarysuccess.org.

College of Education faculty and students work with K-8 students on math skills

July 5, 2016 Leave a comment

Dr. Ian Whitacre

Dr. Ian Whitacre, Assistant Professor in the School of Teacher Education, along with a group of preservice elementary teachers and grad students, are working with students at the North Florida Freedom Schools summer camp on honing their math skills.

“This is a professional development experience in which the teachers get practice leading number talks with students at the camp,” explains Whitacre. Number talks are a particular type of mathematical discussion in which students share their ideas and strategies. With this model, the teachers benefit by improving their skills in selecting tasks and leading mathematical discussions, and the kids benefit from participating in number talks, which involve reasoning flexibly about math problems and explaining one’s thinking. 

The students from the camp will visit the Stone building on Friday, July 8 where the College of Education will hold a Math Fair from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

College of Education, Gadsden County Public Schools host summer institute for teachers

June 15, 2016 Leave a comment

The summer institute is held at Greensboro Elementary School.

The Florida State University College of Education and Gadsden County Public Schools have partnered to host a two-week summer institute that will provide teachers with research-based instructional strategies for teaching STEM related subjects.

The GCPS-FSU Advancement of STEM Teaching — or GFAST — Mathematics and Science Summer Institute for Teachers is an immersive, hands-on and inquiry-based practice in STEM education for teachers of grades PreK-8 that includes instruction on project-based learning. The two-week institute runs from Monday, June 13, through Friday, June 24, at Greensboro Elementary School in Quincy, Florida.

STEM education experts and professional development consultants from the FSU School of Teacher Education and It’s About Time will deliver instruction in the teaching and learning of mathematics and science with a strong practice base aligned to the Florida mathematics and science curriculum standards.


Ella-Mae Daniel

“Each day, teachers will participate in a discussion on how to apply what they have learned,” said Ella-Mae Daniel, teaching faculty in FSU’s School of Teacher Education. “In addition, they will have the opportunity for written reflection as well as the development of a plan for classroom implementation.”

The institute’s objectives are based on professional development outcomes from the Florida Department of Education. They seek to deepen teacher-participants’ mathematics and science knowledge; expand teacher-participants’ pedagogical knowledge; improve student mathematics and science achievement; and integrate project/problem-based learning in mathematics and science instruction.

GFAST’s goal is to maximize learning for all while respecting students’ cultural and linguistic differences by organizing a sustainable professional development model for meeting instructional practices to optimize the effectiveness of teaching based on student achievement in mathematics and science. This model is reflective of the Florida Strategic Plan, highlighting performance goals around high student achievement.

2015-2016 Promotion & Tenure Recipients

June 9, 2016 Leave a comment

Congratulations to the following faculty members who received promotion and tenure, effective August 2016:

Promoted to Specialized Teaching Faculty II
Ella-Mae Daniel, Elementary Education (STE)

Promoted to Specialized Teaching Faculty III
Dr. Angie Davis, Elementary Education (STE)

Promoted to Associate Professor
Dr. Tamara Bertrand Jones, Higher Education (ELPS)
Dr. Angela Canto, Psychology and Counseling Services (EPLS)
Dr. Bradley Cox, Higher Education (ELPS)
Dr. Insu Paek, Measurement and Statistics (EPLS)
Dr. Ryan Rodenberg, Sport Management (SM)

Dr. Russell Almond, Measurement and Statistics (EPLS)
Dr. Tamara Bertrand Jones, Higher Education (ELPS)
Dr. Angela Canto, Psychology and Counseling Services (EPLS)
Dr. Bradley Cox, Higher Education (ELPS)
Dr. John Myers, Social Science Education (STE)
Dr. Insu Paek, Measurement and Statistics (EPLS)
Dr. Ryan Rodenberg, Sport Management (SM)

Promoted to Professor
Dr. Motoko Akiba, Educational Leadership and Policy (ELPS)
Dr. Vanessa Dennen, Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies (EPLS)

Promotion & Tenure 2016

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