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COE Faculty and Students Recognized at FERA

December 4, 2018 Leave a comment

James Hernandez

During the Florida Educational Research Association annual meeting, a group from Florida State’s College of Education received special recognition for their work and research. James A. Hernandez (Learning & Cognition M.S.), Makana Craig (Learning & Cognition Ph.D.) and Alysia Roehrig (associate professor and program coordinator of Learning & Cognition) were given the “Best Overall Graduate Student Posters” award. The trio presented on “Culturally Responsive Classroom Management Strategies in CDF Freedom Schools.”

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FSU College of Education professor receives distinguished service award

November 30, 2018 1 comment

From: https://news.fsu.edu/news/education-society/2018/11/30/fsu-college-of-education-professor-receives-distinguished-service-award/


Florida State University’s Robert Reiser, associate dean of research at the College of Education and the Robert M. Morgan Professor of Instructional Systems, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT), the field’s major professional organization.

For more than 40 years, the Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies program at Florida State University has been recognized as one of the premier programs in the field of instructional design and technology. Many of the leading figures in the field have served or are currently serving on the faculty, including Reiser.

“I am honored to have received the Distinguished Service Award from AECT,” Reiser said. “I was very touched by the warm reception I received when I was presented with the award at the AECT conference.”

Reiser received the award in recognition of his accomplishments and contributions to the field. The award recognizes “exemplars from innovation, creative development, outstanding leadership, scholarly works and professional practice.” The AECT Awards Committee selects a winner each year through an extensive review process.

With about 2,500 members, AECT is the leading professional organization in the field of instructional design and technology. Since joining the organization in 1975, Reiser’s service to AECT has included serving for 20 years on the editorial board for its major research journal, founding and chairing the awards committee of the largest AECT division for 25 years, organizing innumerable presidential sessions and helping plan several international conferences.

Reiser has published five books and more than 75 articles during his career, and he has shared bylines with some of the greatest names in instructional systems, including Robert Gagné and Walter Dick.

Reiser received the University Distinguished Teacher Award from Florida State in 2000, which is the highest teaching award given by the university. He has also received outstanding book awards from AECT on three separate occasions.

As the associate dean of research in the FSU College of Education, Reiser helps faculty members identify opportunities for external funding and grant opportunities. During his time in this position, the grant activity in the college, as measured by yearly grant expenditures, has tripled.

To learn more about Reiser’s career, visit researchinterests.coe.fsu.edu/rreiser.

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Two FSU College of Education Alumnae Win Prestigious Award

November 27, 2018 Leave a comment



The Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) has awarded two FSU College of Education alumnae the joint title of 2019 Teacher of the Year. Abigail Hallett (Exceptional Student Education B.S. ’15) and Amanda Lewis (Exceptional Student Education B.S. ’15) won this prestigious award and both are teachers in the Transition Program at Adult & Community Education School (ACE). The pair were nominated by FSU College of Education professor Jenny Root.


Hallett (left) and Lewis (right)

From the press release:

“The teachers share the title and recognition since they were nominated as an ‘outstanding co-teaching team,’ explained ACE Principal Regina Browning. She said, ‘The recognition is well deserved and shows how the Transition Program is a part of the high caliber of education our school provides in all of our programs.’

The Transition Program is the smallest of the schools five programs, Browning said, but ‘it is dear to the hearts of our faculty and staff.’ The ACE Transition Program serves approximately 30 students each year. The program helps students hone life and work skills to help 18-22-year-old adults with disabilities transition from school to the workforce and to greater independence.

The program boasts an employment rate of 50 percent or better among its students at any given time, Katrina Bradwell, assistant principal over the program said. ‘Amanda and Abigail are passionate about their students and diligent in working to help them obtain their full potential.'”

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The US Peace Corps and Florida State University Launch New Peace Corps Prep Program for Undergraduates in the fall of 2018

July 26, 2018 Leave a comment

Florida State University is now one of 75+ institutions of higher education in the US that offer undergraduates the chance to enhance their competitiveness to become Peace Corps volunteers post-graduation and/or to work in the field of international education and development.  The PC Prep program at FSU is currently accepting applications and the first cohort will launch in the fall of 2018.


Wykia Macon (International and Multicultural Education Ph.D.), Kenya Volunteer 2011-2013

Established in 2007, the Peace Corps Prep program aims to support universities’ efforts to provide substantive, globally focused experiences for their students. “FSU is delighted to extend its ongoing work with the Peace Corps through this Peace Corps Prep program,” Program Coordinator Dr. Helen Boyle said. “It will be invaluable for undergraduates thinking about international careers – in government or development or even teaching abroad. FSU is among the top 25 of universities in the US supplying volunteers to the Peace Corps and this program will help to expand the number even more.” In collaboration with the College of Education, FSU’s Peace Corps Prep program currently focuses on preparing new graduates to be competitive in applying to the Peace Corps Education volunteer program.


Jared Tirone (International and Multicultural M.S.), Mali Volunteer 2009-2011

Students in the Peace Corps Prep program will combine targeted coursework with hands-on experience, building the competencies needed to be strong Peace Corps Volunteers or to live and work abroad. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a signed certificate from the Peace Corps. Senior Peace Corps recruiter, Grant Matthews, stated, “The Peace Corps Prep program is a unique way to enrich your college experience as you gain the knowledge and skills vital to becoming a successful Peace Corps Volunteer, or living and working in the international arena at large. Through a diversified curriculum tailored toward individual student goals, Prep students will gain a wealth of knowledge and experience geared towards global service and employment.”  Dr. John Mayo, the Director of the Social Sciences Scholars Program and former volunteer, stated, “For me and for every volunteer I know, Peace Corps service was a life-changing experience; one filled with challenges and incomparable opportunities. The Prep program will be an invaluable tool in preparing students to make the most of this once in a lifetime experience.”

Since 1961, FSU has produced 856 volunteers, with 38 currently serving today. Administered by FSU’s Learning Systems Institute (LSI), applications are available and can be provided by contacting FSU PC Recruiter Jared Tirone at 850-645-0245 or at fsupeacecorps@gmail.com, or Dr. Helen Boyle (hboyle@lsi.fsu.edu) who is the PC Prep Program Coordinator.

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Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies Program Ranks on “Best Colleges” List

July 11, 2018 Leave a comment

isltThe College of Education’s Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies (ISLT) program recently received top marks on the website, Best Colleges.com. In their recently published “Best Online Master’s in Educational Technology Programs,” Best Colleges ranked FSU’s program at number 11.

“The ISLT program has a rich history which includes scholars who are widely recognized for their pioneering work that helped to define instructional systems theory and practice,” says James Klein, Walter Dick Distinguished Professor of Instructional Systems Design at Florida State University. “Being recognized by Bestcolleges.com provides further evidence of the continued strength of our faculty and curriculum.”

Best Colleges used an extensive rubric to determine their rankings and used statistics compiled by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Navigator, which are both hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics. The ranking methodology factored in academic quality, affordability, and online programming. Best Colleges only looked at schools that were accredited, offered an online master’s in Educational Technology program, and submitted an annual report to the National Center for Education Statistics.

The College of Education has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as offering some of the best online graduate education programs in the nation. On top of the online offerings, the ISLT program also has an on-campus master’s and a Ph.D. program as well as two graduate certificate programs.

ISLT prepares students for a successful career improving educational and training programs by incorporating the latest research and technology. Because of this, a wide variety of careers can benefit from an ISLT degree, including trainers, instructors, administrators and human resource specialists. Graduates from the program have gone on to work at government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, the military, universities and more.

To learn more about the ISLT program at the College of Education, visit https://education.fsu.edu/degrees-and-programs/instructional-systems-and-learning-technologies.

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FSU College of Education dean leaves lasting legacy

June 8, 2018 1 comment

From: https://news.fsu.edu/news/2018/06/05/fsu-college-of-education-dean-leaves-lasting-legacy/

Driscollw_Trashers-600x400Marcy Driscoll has dedicated nearly 40 years of service and scholarship to Florida State University. The longtime FSU educator and administrator will retire as dean of the College of Education on June 30.

Known for her strong leadership and forward-thinking philosophy, she has led the College of Education for 13 years and is one of the longest-serving deans currently on FSU’s campus.

The college celebrated Driscoll’s career during a reception June 5 at the FSU Heritage Museum. President John Thrasher and Provost Sally McRorie were among the speakers.

“To say Marcy has had an incredible impact on our students would be an understatement,” Thrasher said. “She has the kind of knowledge and experience you just can’t replace. She is a skilled administrator, a talented fundraiser and a strong advocate for the profession of teaching.”

Driscoll started her career at Florida State University’s College of Education as an assistant professor in instructional systems and educational psychology.

“A friend who graduated from Florida State called me up and said, ‘FSU has a job opening,’” said Driscoll. “’They don’t know it yet, but they are looking for you. You must apply for this position.’ I did, and as they say, the rest is history.”

At the time of her hire in 1980, she was the only female faculty member in the Department of Educational Research. She established herself as a presence in the department and eventually became the department chair in 1996. Seven years later, Driscoll became associate dean for administration and research, and in 2005, began her role as dean.

One of Driscoll’s priorities as dean has been to create a strong network of alumni and friends of the college. Under her leadership, the college has raised more than $32 million in gifts and commitments, allowing it to grant more scholarships than any other college of education in the state of Florida.

In connecting with alumni, Driscoll has established a number of important relationships, including one with Marvalene Hughes, who graduated from the college with her doctoral degree in 1969. Hughes generously supports the College of Education’s annual research symposium, which fosters collaboration among graduate students and faculty within the college and the university.


  • Named the 2018 recipient of the Russell P. Kropp Award by the Florida Educational Research Association, which recognizes a policymaker or administrator engaged in education in Florida who has demonstrated in an exemplary fashion the use of educational research or evaluation in educational decision-making.
  • Past president of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (2001-2002) and the Council of Academic Deans of Research Education Institutions (2015-2018).
  • Authored or co-authored six textbooks in learning and instruction, including “Psychology of Learning for Instruction,” which won the 1995 Outstanding Book Award in Instructional Development.

Driscoll also acknowledges her important place in history as the first female dean of the College of Education. One of her objectives as dean has been to serve as a mentor, especially to women.

“There’s a lot of creativity in developing talent among faculty and students and finding the resources that faculty need to be successful — to help them achieve the goals to be the best they can be,” said Driscoll. “There’s a lot of satisfaction in seeing people do those things and getting them the resources they need to do it.”

A strong advocate for women in academia, Driscoll established the Robert E. and Marcy P. Driscoll Endowment for Women in Crisis fund, which supports women in need and enables them to overcome unexpected barriers to complete their degrees.


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