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, or Dr. Helen Boyle ( 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 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 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

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FSU College of Education dean leaves lasting legacy

June 8, 2018 1 comment


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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Florida State alumnus named dean of FSU College of Education

May 23, 2018 Leave a comment


Florida State University has named alumnus Damon Andrew as dean of the College of Education, effective Aug. 7.

Damon-Andrew-768x1024Andrew, who earned a doctorate in sport administration from Florida State in 2004, has served as the first permanent dean of Louisiana State University’s College of Human Sciences and Education and the E.B. “Ted” Robert Endowed Professor since 2013.

“We are very pleased to have an innovative leader like Dr. Andrew assume the deanship of our College of Education as FSU continues our path to the Top 25,” said Sally McRorie, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. “As a Florida State alumnus, he knows first-hand the excellence for which FSU and the College of Education are known. I am confident he will build strategically on that tradition of excellence.”

Andrew will succeed Marcy Driscoll, who concludes her 13-year tenure as dean June 30.

The FSU College of Education, established in 1905, is the oldest college of education in Florida. It consistently ranks among the best in the nation and was recently recognized by the Florida Department of Education as producing some of the highest impact teachers in the state.

“My experience as a student at FSU was most certainly life changing,” Andrew said. “I encountered faculty and staff across the university that took a personal interest in me and challenged me to improve in a variety of areas. I took so many of those lessons into my career, and I am very excited to return to my alma mater to serve the many constituents of Florida State University.”

In his role as dean at LSU, Andrew was responsible for 5,800 students, 250 full-time faculty members and more than 100 full-time staff. He led the college to new heights in a number of important areas, including student enrollment and retention, grant funding and faculty diversity.

Prior to his tenure at LSU, Andrew served as dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Troy University from 2008 to 2012.

Andrew, a native Floridian, also holds degrees from the University of South Alabama and the University of Florida and three postgraduate certificates from Harvard University and Vanderbilt University.

“Returning to Florida State University has been a dream of mine for quite some time, and I am honored and humbled to serve as the next dean of FSU’s College of Education,” Andrew said. “The College of Education has advanced in many ways since my days as a student under the leadership of Dean Marcy Driscoll, and I look forward to meeting with constituents to discuss how we can best build on that momentum for the future.”

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates conducted the national search, and College of Communication and Information Dean Larry Dennis chaired the 15-member search committee.

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FSU-Teach program celebrates 10 years of success

April 20, 2018 Leave a comment


TeacherThe FSU-Teach program is celebrating 10 years of offering students an innovative way to maximize their time at Florida State University.

The joint program between the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences enables students working on bachelor’s degrees in math or science to receive a degree in secondary teaching at the same time. The dual degree allows students to have more career options, funding opportunities and salary potential.

FSU-Teach students, alumni and friends of the program are invited to attend the 10th anniversary celebration, which includes live music and a catered lunch from Dreamland BBQ.

The event will take place at noon, April 21 at the Stone Building Courtyard, 1114 W. Call St.

FSU-Teach aims to help fill a shortage of math and science teachers in Florida. Because of the need for teachers and the strength of FSU-Teach, 96 percent of graduates from the program secure teaching positions in the year following graduation.

“FSU-Teach has been preparing highly qualified math and science teachers for the state of Florida and beyond for 10 years,” said Robin Smith, associate director of FSU-Teach. “We proudly note that for our graduates who enter teaching, there is an 83 percent retention rate after five years, compared to about 65 percent nationally.”

Students also have access to financial support in the form of scholarships, grants and paid internships while they complete the FSU-Teach program. Prospective students can “test drive” the program by taking two introductory courses for free. This allows them to explore what teaching is like, while the program covers in-state tuition, books and fees associated with the courses.

“We have seen a recent uptick in interest in our program,” Smith said. “We hope this signals a renewed interest from STEM undergraduates in making a difference in their world after graduating with their double major from FSU.”

For more information about FSU-Teach, visit

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Florida State University researchers to present at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting

April 5, 2018 Leave a comment


Dozens of Florida State University researchers are preparing to present at the 2018 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

Eighty-four researchers, including faculty and graduate students, will present a total of 70 different presentations at the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research.

“Our goal in research is to advance teaching practice and policies and impact future educational outcomes,” said Marcy Driscoll, dean of the FSU College of Education. “We are proud to see our faculty and students at AERA share some of the important research being conducted at the College and university.”

This year’s meeting, featuring the theme “The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education,” will be held April 13-17 in New York City.

FSU’s featured presenters will showcase recent work in areas such as postsecondary success, STEM education, teacher preparation and game-based learning.

Participating entities include: the College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Florida Center for Reading Research, the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, the Learning Systems Institute and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

For a full schedule of FSU presenters and their research topics, visit

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Students and Faculty Honored at Annual Research Conference

March 27, 2018 Leave a comment

The annual Marvalene Hughes Research in Education Conference, hosted by the Council on Research in Education (CORE), has become a tradition at FSU’s College of Education. Named for COE alumna Dr. Marvalene Hughes, the unique event invites cross-departmental collaboration.


The 2018 conference took place March 23 and featured a number of notable presenters. As a first this year, students from the first cohort of the College of Education’s online Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership and Policy presented their research. This unique program is the first online doctoral program at Florida State and prepares education leaders to understand organizational systems, to improve policy and practice, and to be aware of issues of equity.


Another important part of the 2018 conference took place in the College of Education courtyard. Dean Marcy Driscoll, alongside Provost Sally McRorie, announced the finalists of the Robert M. Gagné Research Awards. The awards, given to a student and a faculty member, are eponymously named after the prodigious researcher and educator. This year, the Robert M. Gagné Research Award finalists were:

Gagne finalists

Left to right: Sarah Cox, Peter Carafano, Ally Quinney, Hanhan Xue, Kathleen Krach, Jenny Root, Provost Sally McRorie, Dean Marcy Driscoll


  • Kathleen Krach, Educational Psychology & Learning Systems
  • Jenny Root, School of Teacher Education
  • Hanhan Xue, Sport Management
  • Stephanie Zuilkowski, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies


  • Peter Carafano, Educational Psychology & Learning Systems
  • Sarah Cox, School of Teacher Education
  • Cassandra Howard, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Ally Quinney, Sport Management

The two winners were:

  • Stephanie Zuilkowski, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Cassandra Howard, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Left to right: Dean Marcy Driscoll, Cassandra Howard, Stephanie Zuilkowski, and Provost Sally McRorie


We thank all of the finalists for their great work, all the participants of the 2018 conference, and Dr. Marvalene Hughes, whose generous sponsorship enables this unique and academically energizing event.

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