Education Professor Receives National Student Affairs Award

February 8, 2017 Leave a comment

A Florida State University faculty member has been recognized for his outstanding work in the student affairs profession by the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA). 

Robert Schwartz, professor and chair of the FSU College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Robert H. Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member. The award, named for a dean and professor emeritus at Indiana University, is presented to a tenured, full-time faculty member in a graduate preparation program in student affairs.

Schwartz teaches courses in higher education, student affairs and the history of education, and he currently serves as his department’s chair and the program director for the Certificate in Institutional Research.


Robert Schwartz, professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

“Dr. Schwartz has advanced knowledge, especially in the history of higher education,” said Mary B. Coburn, vice president for Student Affairs at Florida State University. “As a mentor and faculty adviser, he continually demonstrates his commitment to student success. Bob contributes daily to students advancing toward their goals. He is a tremendous asset to Florida State.”

Each Robert H. Shaffer Award recipient has inspired graduate students and served on doctoral dissertation committees; has a distinguished record of scholarly achievement, including publication in relevant literature; and has made significant contributions to professional associations.

“I would have never finished my doctoral degree were it not for Dr. Schwartz, and I suspect there are others on the long list of more than 70 students he has assisted who would attest to the same,” said Dennis Pruitt, vice president for student affairs, vice provost and dean of students at the University of South Carolina. “Absent his intervention and his devoted commitment to my education, I would not have enjoyed my career, and most certainly would not have had the success over my 37 years at Carolina.”

Since his arrival at FSU in 1998, he has served as chair for 49 doctoral students, been a member of 104 doctoral committees and chaired more than 100 master’s degree students. He is also active in American College Personnel Association (ACPA), Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), American Education Research Association (AERA), American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the Southern History of Education Society.


NASPA is the leading association for advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession

Prior to Florida State, Schwartz was a member of the faculty at Valdosta State University and the University of South Carolina. He served as assistant dean of students at the University of North Dakota from 1974 to 1984. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Hanover College in 1973, master’s degree at Ball State University in 1974, and his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 1990.

Schwartz has been an active member of NASPA for many years and has served on numerous committees, including the Faculty Fellows, and served as a member and chair of the Hardee Dissertation of the Year committee. He has served on editorial boards, including the Journal of College and Character (2008-2015), the NASPA Journal About Women (2008-present), and the Journal of Retention: Research, Theory & Practice (2000-2010), that provide not only service to professional associations, but also to the profession.

He has published more than 30 journal articles, 10 book chapters and monographs, and made over 70 presentations at conferences. In 2010, he published a book, “Deans of Men and the Shaping of Modern College Culture” (Palgrave). He is currently working on a book about George W. Zook and the American Council on Education.

Schwartz and the other winners will be honored in March at the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. 

Categories: College of Education

The Sport Psychology Organization and Research Team to Host Scholars at 9th Annual SPEAR Conference

February 6, 2017 Leave a comment

FINAL SPEAR 2017 FLYER[1].pngThe 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. Through collaborative student efforts, SPORT promotes the development of competent practitioners and academicians by facilitating student research (e.g., conference presentations and publications), promoting public outreach (e.g., local presentations, newspaper and magazine articles, and hosting conferences), and offering professional development workshops. By undertaking these projects, SPORT seeks to provide experience and create opportunities to help members prepare for future employment.

On Feb.9 and Feb. 10, SPORT will host their 9th annual Sport Professionals’ Experience And Research (SPEAR) Conference. At this two-day event, many prolific and well-respected scholars from diverse disciplines and fields, as well as international speakers are invited to share their expertise.

The 2017 conference theme is “Injury & Performance: The Physical and Psychological Recovery Process,” and will be held in the Globe Auditorium located at 110 S. Woodward Avenue.

The keynote speakers for this event include Diane M. Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., professor of Kinesiology-Sport & Exercise Psychology in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, and Britton Brewer, Ph.D., professor of Psychology at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.



Categories: College of Education

Dean Marcy Driscoll to deliver keynote address for AECT 2017 Convention

January 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Dean Marcy P. Driscoll

Dr. Marcy P. Driscoll, dean of the FSU College of Education, was recently selected to deliver the opening keynote address for the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) 2017 International Convention, entitled “Leading Learning for Change.” The conference will be held in Jacksonville, Florida November 7 – 11.

“She is a visionary scholar who will encourage us to think deeply as leaders about learning in the emerging technology enhanced learning world,” remarked Dr. Eugene Kowch, president-elect of AECT.

It is an interesting challenge that I couldn’t refuse and I look forward to some stimulating conversation,” said Driscoll. 

Driscoll is the Past President of AECT, having served from 2000 – 2001. She is currently a member of the Design and Development, and Research and Theory divisions of the organization.

Two FSU College of Education Faculty Members Honored for Transformative Influence in Student Lives

December 2, 2016 Leave a comment

Two FSU College of Education faculty members, Robert Schwartz and Deborah Ebener, were among those honored by the Transformation Through Teaching program for their transformative influence in the lives of their students inside and outside of the classroom.

The Transformation Through Teaching program is an initiative established by FSU’s Spiritual Life Project, which seeks to foster integrative relationships that provide support for students in their lifelong search for meaning and self-realization.

The Transformation Through Teaching awards recognize faculty members whose contributions in the lives of their students go beyond conventional academic instruction. Honorees are nominated by their students for their dedication to helping students find their authentic selves and pursue their dreams.

The awards were conferred Nov. 28 during a ceremony at the President’s house.

“The faculty here tonight are not only teachers and researchers, they are mentors, role models and cheerleaders,” President John Thrasher said. “They offer advice and encouragement, and they push their students to reach higher.”


Dr. Deborah Ebener and Kara Dingess

Deborah Ebener, associate professor and coordinator of counselor education, was nominated by Kara Dingess for her abiding support during a time of hospitalization.

“All the FSU faculty members that I have had contact with have all be truly wonderful. My experience with Dr. Ebener is different in that she went out of her way to check on me every day, as well as letting all of the other faculty members know what was going on. Knowing that I had her on my side, allowed me to relax and concentrate on getting myself better.” — Kara Dingess


Dr. Robert Schwartz and Sally Watkins

Robert Schwartz, professor of higher education and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, was selected by Sally Watkins for providing guidance during the difficult process of composing a doctoral dissertation.

“Deciding on a dissertation topic, for me, was a challenging process. As an individual often distracted by “shiny things”, I regularly waffled on the subject and directions. Dr. Schwartz embraced my approach and engaged me in conversation to clarify and refine my topic as well as reflect on my plans following graduation.” — Sally Watkins

For more information and the full list of faculty members who were honored, visit

Categories: College of Education

FSU Opens Doors for Education Hackathon

November 23, 2016 Leave a comment


The Florida State University College of Education invites innovators and entrepreneurs to hack some of education’s biggest challenges at its first ever education hackathon, “HackEd: Brainstorming Solutions to Issues in Education.”

HackED will take place at 8 a.m, Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Tucker Civic Center.

HackEd is a unique, daylong competition designed for students and professionals who share a passion and commitment to improving public education with innovative solutions. It is modeled after a hackathon, where computer programmers collaborate on solutions to software and programming issues.

“We are dedicated to innovation and shaping the future of education,” said Marcy Driscoll, dean of the FSU College of Education. “HackED is a great example of how we as a college can engage with diverse minds and explore solutions to education’s biggest challenges with a fresh perspective in order to create a stronger public school system.”

HackEd teams, consisting of no more than three people, will identify challenges, propose answers and work on solutions designed to transform public education. Each team will then present their solution to a panel of judges. Winners will receive prizes and have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with community leaders.

The topic to be addressed will be announced the morning of the event. Teams will have nine hours to develop and eventually present a prototype or presentation of their solution to a panel of judges. Subject matter experts in education, administration and social entrepreneurship will be available during the entire process to assist the teams.

Students and professionals in education, IT, business, public policy and other areas are encouraged to participate. The event is free, but everyone is required to register due to a limited number of spots. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the event. To register your team or to learn more, visit

Categories: College of Education

Four Volunteers from the FSU College of Education Took on Leadership Roles at Annual Math Fun Day

November 14, 2016 Leave a comment

Screen Shot 2016-11-14 at 4.09.28 PM.pngOn Saturday, October 8, the Florida State University Department of Mathematics hosted its annual Math Fun Day and four volunteers from the FSU College of Education’s School of Teacher Education took on leadership roles at the event by presenting hands-on workshops.

Each year, the Department of Mathematics hosts Math Fun Day. Faculty, staff, and student volunteers from across campus engage with the community to demonstrate that “MATH is FUN,” and to celebrate the importance, ubiquity, beauty and fun of mathematics.

This year, Math Fun Day included presentations, exhibits, and activities for the public and was staffed by more than 60 volunteers from the Department of Mathematics, Meteorology Department, Department of Computer Science, Department of Biological Science, and the School of Teacher Education. More than 800 people participated in this year’s event, and it was the most successful Math Fun Day to date. 

The FSU College of Education’s School of Teacher Education volunteers included:

  • Dr. Christine Andrews-Larson, assistant professor of Mathematics Education, who presented a hands-on workshop on modeling
  • Dr. Ian Whitacre, assistant professor of Elementary Mathematics Education, who taught a workshop on common core math
  • Chian Can, an FSU COE Graduate student, who gave a hands-on workshop on trigonometry
  • Sebnem Atabas, an FSU COE Graduate student, who led a modeling workshop

At the end of the day, the consensus was that Math Fun Day made a positive impact on the Tallahassee community and helped to instill a love of math in many of the children and families who attended.

“My daughter started participating in Mini-Mu competitions. She was excited because she is getting questions correct and she says it is because she attended Math Fun Day last year! We had to come back this year.”

“Thank you so much for this event! My son has been seriously struggling in math over the last two years… As a result, he has developed a negative idea of math. Needless to say, he was not happy about coming today. By the end of the day, however, he used words like ‘cool!’ ‘awesome!’ and ‘amazing!’ and he began leading ME around to the sessions! He seemed excited about math again. This was time well spent! Thanks so much again!”

For more information about the FSU Department of Mathematics’ Math Fun Day, visit

Categories: College of Education

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.

Screen Shot 2016-10-24 at 10.12.29 AM.png

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

Categories: College of Education
%d bloggers like this: