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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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FSU and UF Colleges of Education to Compete in Scholarship Fundraising Campaign

March 13, 2018 Leave a comment

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Florida State University’s College of Education will go head-to-head with the College of Education at the University of Florida in the “Duel of the Schools” — a two-week pledge drive to encourage alumni engagement and raise money for student scholarships.

For the past two years, FSU’s College of Education has awarded more scholarships than any other college at FSU and more than any other public College of Education in Florida. The college aims to keep that momentum going.

“When our students graduate, we want them to be able to focus on their careers, not worrying about how they will pay back student loans,” said Kevin Derryberry, assistant dean for development at FSU’s College of Education. “Nationwide, we see declining enrollment in education programs, low teacher pay and young people who leave the field after only a few years. In response, Florida State’s education alumni and friends have taken action and created the most robust education scholarship program in Florida.”

FSU alumni and proponents of education are encouraged to pledge their support of future educators by visiting between March 20 and April 3.

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FSU COE Professor Selected to Develop International Student Assessment

March 8, 2018 Leave a comment

Every three years, 15-year-old students around the world take the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey. The results of the survey have a deep impact on education reforms and help countries determine the effectiveness of their education systems. For Valerie Shute, professor in the FSU Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, the next PISA survey is extra special, as she has the special honor of being one of the education experts to design the survey.

Valerie ShuteDr. Shute, accompanied by FSU Doctoral candidate Seyed Ahmad Rahimi (Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies), traveled to Washington, D.C., where the two met with seven other experts. The group initially convened on February 26 and 27 to start developing the initial assessments.

“I’m honored and excited to be part of the expert group designing the new ‘creative thinking’ assessment that will be part of PISA 2021, testing 15-year-old students from around the world,” said Dr. Shute when asked about her participation in PISA. “Unlike past efforts to measure creativity, we’ll be designing innovative tasks focusing on various aspects of creative thinking, and collecting process and outcome data (across different domains, like art, science, and problem solving) from students to make inferences about their creativity.”

Education experts are chosen for a variety of reasons. For Dr. Shute, the selection committee chose her due to her innovative work on measuring problem-solving skills, creativity, and other constructs that are often difficult to quantify. In particular, Dr. Shute was chosen because of her work on measuring creativity while children played with the Physics Playground game.  Much of her recent research has centered around developing assessments that evaluate knowledge and complex phenomena.

Since 2000 when PISA began, experts from more than 80 countries have worked on the survey. Dr. Shute joins an elite group of education experts who have worked on the assessment.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) conducts the PISA survey, with the next survey scheduled to take place in 2021. The organization, which has 72 member countries, shares the data from the assessment and ranks the performance of the countries. The point of the test isn’t necessarily to determine the “best” education systems, but rather to help countries identify which education models are most effective and to identify strengths and weaknesses. Because of this, OECD member countries typically leverage PISA results to shape education policy.


More information about PISA is available at

Shute is the Mack and Effie Campbell Tyner Endowed Professor of Education in the FSU College of Education. Her research has earned her prestigious grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Florida Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education.

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FSU sport psychology researchers receive prestigious NCAA grant

February 22, 2018 Leave a comment


The life of a student-athlete is hectic. The competitive nature of college-level sports requires hours of practice and travel — and balancing a rigorous schedule with schoolwork while still making time to rest can often seem unrealistic.


Graig Chow, Assistant Professor of Sport Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems

As a result, there has been a large push by the NCAA in recent years to promote the mental health and well-being of college athletes.

A Florida State University research group was one of five teams to receive a 2018 NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant, one of the most recognized grants in the field of sports psychology. Their project, “Tackling Stigma: A Pilot Program to Promote Mental Health Literacy and Help-Seeking in Student-Athletes,” competed against a pool of 84 submissions. The total funding for the project was $25,000.

Members of the team included FSU College of Education assistant professors Graig Chow, Nicole Gabana and Marty Swanbrow Becker.

The ever-increasing competitiveness of college sports along with the academic rigors of a university education has encouraged researchers to expand knowledge in the field of sports psychology, thereby paying greater attention the mental well-being of athletes nationwide.

“Student-athletes are susceptible to experiencing mental health problems that disrupt optimal functioning, performance and well-being,” Chow said. “Our intervention program is designed to reduce stigma toward mental illness and improve help-seeking attitudes among student-athletes by targeting stereotypes, mental health literacy, empathy and contact with stigmatized others.”

For more information on the grant, visit

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