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October 24, 2018

Jesse Ford (Higher Education Ph.D.) presented at the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education. Tamara Bertrand Jones, associate professor of Higher Education, also attended the event and led the session on the Black Female Forum.









September 18, 2018

rahmingSophia Rahming (Higher Education Ph.D.) was accepted into the prestigious New York University Steinhardt faculty preparation program. The program is regarded as one of the best in the country.













August 20, 2018


Neal Ternes (Sport Management Ph.D.) has been appointed to a teaching position in Sport Management at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He has been the editorial assistant for the Sociology of Sport Journal.












July 2, 2018

esteehernandez_1512768075_718Estee Hernandez (Higher Education Ph.D.) was awarded the McKnight Dissertation Fellowship. The state-wide program aims to increase the representation of African American and Hispanic graduate students seeking Ph.D. degrees.








July 2, 2018

rahmingSophia Rahming (Higher Education Ph.D.) has been accepted into the Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences at Humboldt University. The Berlin Summer School was co-funded by the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. The international summer school is open to up to just 60 PhD candidates, advanced master’s students, and young postdocs through a highly competitive application process. The summer school aims at supporting emerging researchers by strengthening their ability in linking theory and empirical research. The two-week program creates an excellent basis for the development of their current research designs.







June 12, 2018


Benjamin Pereira (Pictured far right)

Benjamin Pereira (Sport Management M.S.) was one of just 30 participants selected to partake in the United States Olympic Committee’s Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (F.L.A.M.E.) program. The eight-day program invites undergraduate and graduate-level students to experience a rigorous curriculum that increases knowledge of the U.S. Olympics and Paralympic movement.





May 31, 2018

Tessa Daniels (English Education B.S.) was named the 2018 NCAA DI Softball Elite 90 winner. The award is given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA competing at each of the finals sites during the NCAA’s championships. Ded9krOVQAEUJHs






May 17, 2018

A number of FSU College of Education students received awards at the Division of Student Affairs Awards. Brittany Devies (Higher Education M.S.) received the Mover and Shaker Award, Danielle Sebranek (Higher Education M.S.) received the Hardee Research Award, and Jacqueline Chiari ( Higher Education M.S.) received the Silent Superlative Award.

The Mover and Shaker Award is given to someone who demonstrates a “can do” attitude and initiates positive change. The Hardee Research Award recognizes an employee that created positive change within a division or department through assessment, research, or creative project. Finally, the Silent Superlative Award is given to someone who exemplifies a positive attitude toward staff and students, goes above and beyond expectations, and provides exceptional service without seeking recognition.







May 9, 2018

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Ben Periera / Photo courtesy of

Ben Pereira, master’s student in Sport Management, recently was featured in a major sport news outlet, Periera was also interviewed by a local Atlanta radio station. The article deals with inclusivity in the sports industry. Periera is also the founder of the Foundation for Diversity and Inclusion in Sport.

You can find the article here.







May 1, 2018


Courtney Pearson / Photo courtesy of Digital Leadership Network

Courtney Pearson, doctoral student in the Higher Education program, recently won the William Leftwich Award for Outstanding New Professional in NASPA Region III. NASPA is one of the leading professional associations for the “advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession.” Region III is comprised of the Southeastern United States and Mexico.

Pearson is also the Program Coordinator for New Student & Family Programs at Florida State University









April 27, 2018

31326795_10156223811230688_3196370613286732024_nSix students from the College of Education were inducted into the 2018 Spring Garnet & Gold Scholar Society. The six students were:

  • Haley Barrett (Sport Management)
  • Savanna Deiser (Social Science Education)
  • Nicole Ianni (Sport Management)
  • Kassandra Lynch (FSU-Teach)
  • Kali Myers (Elementary Education)
  • Sarah Steven (Elementary Education)

The Garnet & Gold Scholar Society honors undergraduate students who excel “within and beyond the classroom in the areas of International, Internship, Leadership, Research and Service.” Students must have a cumulative GPA for 2.75 or higher and demonstrate experience in three out of the five aforementioned areas.

This spring, FSU students set a record with 289 inductees. Congratulations to all the students, especially the new Garnet & Gold Scholar Society members from the College of Education.







April 26, 2018

Two FSU Sport Management students volunteered at the 2018 NFL Draft. Both Hannah Drosdick and Kali Williams participated in various events, including networking opportunities and volunteering during the draft proceedings. The NFL Draft took place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team.






April 18, 2018

The FSU Sport Management Student Association recently traveled to Columbus, Ohio, for a networking event. Students practiced their management skills while volunteering during the NCAA Basketball Women’s Final Four. The students also got to spend some time exploring the area, including Ohio State University, as well as attend talks hosted by representatives from the Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds.

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April 11, 2018

Peter Carafano, doctoral students in the Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies program, won a Best in Show award for his exhibit in Digitech 2018. Carafano’s award-winning exhibit was a classroom-based space flight simulator. The simulation system encouraged group collaboration, problem solving, and critical thinking.


The award is given to the exhibit that “best demonstrates strength and influence through innovative use of technologies” and embodies the spirit of Vires.





April 11, 2018


Brianna Peterson / Photo Courtesy of WFSU Education

Brianna Peterson, undergraduate student in the Elementary Education program, was recently featured on WFSU Education. Peterson was interviewed on a number of topics, including why she wanted to be an educator and what kind of changes she would like to see happen in the teaching profession. You can read the full interview here.












April 10, 2018

DadX8J5XcAAIarRMin Wang, doctoral student in the International and Multicultural Education program, received the FSU Alumni Ambassadors Award. The award, given by the FSU Alumni Association, recognizes Wang’s outstanding performance both in and out of the classroom, her research, and her service to the general public.

Wang was chosen among the finalists after giving an in-person presentation to the award committee. She was honored at the FSU Leadership Awards Night











April 9, 2018


A number of FSU College of Education students were nominated for the Student Employee of the Year award. Award winners and nominees were recognized at the annual Student Employee of the Year awards in the Oglesby Union Ballroom on April 10.

College of Education students nominated were:

  • Jacqueline Chiari (M.S. Higher Education)
  • Elizabeth Harris (M.S. Higher Education)
  • Jeremy Hudak (M.S. Higher Education)
  • Peter Marti (B.S./M.S. Exceptional Student Education)
  • Zoya Quraishi (M.S. Higher Education)
  • Addison Reekes (M.S. Learning & Cognition)
  • Danielle Sebranek (M.S. Higher Education)







March 31, 2018

Michael Mesa, doctoral student in the Learning and Cognition program, won an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Program for Instructional Excellence. Mesa will be honored alongside winners from the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Fine Arts, and College of Music at the Celebration of Student Excellence event. The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards recognize excellent instruction in graduate student teacher assistants and their invaluable contribution to undergraduate instruction.

Michael Mesa

Mesa, who received his Master’s Degree from FSU’s College of Education, focuses his research on self-regulatory behaviors of children and adolescents.




March 26, 2018

Sheila LabissiereSheila Labissiere, doctoral student in the Education Policy and Evaluation program, was recently honored by Tallahassee Community College during its Women’s History Month ceremony as an Outstanding Women Community Honoree. Labissiere, who also works as the DRS Title I Coordinator at FAMU, was chosen for her work as a role model to effect positive change for women in the community. This year’s theme was “Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women who Fight All Forms of Discrimination.” Labissiere was one of just 10 honorees, who were joined by five student honorees.



March 21, 2018

Emily BottaEmily Botta, undergraduate student in the English Education program, was honored with a Humanitarian Award during the President’s Humanitarian Luncheon. FSU President John Thrasher and Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht presented 15 students across Florida State University for their service.

Botta has been involved in a number of volunteer programs around the world and locally, including Operation Groundswell in Asia, turtle conservation, anti-wildlife trafficking, and Menstrual Hygiene Homeless Project.





March 21, 2018

Sport Management master’s student Benjamin Pereira gave a guest lecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst titled “Diversity in Sport: A First Hand Case Study on the Impact of Being the Change you Seek.” The talk was sponsored by the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management and the Association of Diversity in Sport.

Benjamin Pereira

During the lecture Pereira discussed the current industry trends related to diversity and inclusion and the homogeneity that presently exists in the world of sport administration. His talk covered both the ethical and fiscal benefits to ensuring a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Pereira also highlighted his work with the organization he founded earlier this at Florida State, the Foundation for Diversity and Inclusion in Sport (FDIS) and the impact it has had on himself, students, faculty and the greater Tallahassee sports community. The organization seeks to empower students of diverse backgrounds through personal and professional development using a series of acclaimed speakers from the world of athletics.

By highlighting his work with FDIS, he encouraged students during his lecture to truly embody the change they seek in the industry, such as eradicating many of the regressive norms that exist in the industry of sport today.

The Foundation for Diversity & Inclusion in Sport’s proposal for the Sports Talk Series was one of the inaugural group of winners of the 2017-2018 Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Grant Awards selected by FSU’s President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion. Those interested can view the whole presentation here.


February 28, 2018

Gertrudes VelasquezGertrudes Velasquez, a doctoral student in the Measurement and Statistics program, recently received a fellowship from Dynamic Learning Maps Consortium (DLM, University of Kansas). This fellowship will allow Velasquez to work on the “Application of Bayesian Networks to Propagate Information across Nodes with learning Map Models” project.


The DLM Consortium develops alternative assessments for students with disabilities, which have been used by several states. Velasquez’s work specifically focuses on simulation models that improve skill acquisition through better use of developmental pathways.





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Ashley Fryer, a Sport Psychology doctoral candidate, won the Association for Applied Sport Psychology’s (AASP) Graduate Student Presentation Award for her lecture, titled “Trauma Informed Care: Consulting with Student Athletes.” FSU’s Sport Psychology program hosted the AASP Southeast Regional conference this year on campus. The conference included keynote speakers, lectures, workshops, and panels with researchers from around the region.





February 23, 2018

Adrianne JacksonFSU’s Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards (OGFA) is celebrating Black History Month by showcasing excellence in graduate education.

Adrianne Jackson, Ph.D. student in Higher Education and McKnight doctoral fellow, was recently featured:

“As a teenage mother, Adrianne is driven by the desire to show her daughter that anything is possible. Adrianne is setting her sights high; she hopes to become a university president some day! Witnessing women at the helm of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) be replaced, often under the cloud of soured relationships with a board of trustees, faculty, and stakeholders, has motivated Adrianne to examine shared governance and black women in university presidential leadership. Beyond her own personal goal of becoming a university president, Adrianne conducts research that will inform the professional development and recruitment of qualified black women in upper administration positions.”




February 1, 2018

Robert Brantley, teacher at Cobb Middle School and master’s student in the Curriculum & Instruction: English Education program, was recently honored as a black veteran in the new Cherry Hall Alexander African-American History Calendar. The calendar is named in honor of Alexander, who retired in 2009 as Tallahassee Community College’s director of library services. She established TCC’s first Black History Month programs and introduced the calendar presentation. This year’s theme is “African-Americans in Times of War.”


Read more: 

January 31, 2018

Chandra MyrickCongratulations to Higher Education doctoral student, Chandra Myrick, who has been appointed the executive director of University Housing at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.










January 19, 2018

PURPOSE group photo

Back Row (L-R): Orlin St. Surin, Ashley Green, Daniel Gregorio, Cassie Campbell, James A. Hernandez, Tiyana Herring. Front Row (L-R): Keturah Young, Destiny Washington, D. Gerri Wilson, Tory Dellafiora, Amanda Campos, Michael Davidson

We welcomed the first cohort of students in the Partners United for Research Pathways Oriented to Social Justice in Education (PURPOSE) research training fellowship program at their orientation on January 19. Through this program, these students from FAMU and FSU will develop the knowledge and skills they need to enter and successfully complete doctoral programs in education and related fields. This semester, they’ll be working with faculty mentors to develop a personal research project and this summer will complete a service learning research practicum at the North Florida Freedom Schools. To learn more about the program, visit






January 19, 2018Elizabeth Jackson

Elizabeth Jackson, a doctoral candidate in Curriculum & Instruction majoring in Special Education, received the Student Poster Award at the 19th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability & Developmental Disabilities for her presentation “Using Visuals to Increase the Comprehension of Science Texts for Young Children with ASD.” Elizabeth is a scholar on the ASD-STEM Office of Special Education Programs doctoral leadership grant, led by Dr. Kelly Whalon and Dr. Mary Frances Hanline, her major professor.



January 16, 2018

Students at the CFB National ChampionshipA group of hardworking students from the Department of Sport Management at Florida State University recently completed an amazing, three-day experiential learning adventure in Atlanta where they learned first-hand what goes into putting on the College Football National Championship.

The journey began with a 6:30 a.m. departure on Friday, Jan. 5, from Tallahassee in order to beat the rush of traffic. Four hours later, the eager students arrived in the heart of downtown Atlanta and got straight to work setting up Playoff Fan Central with Etzel Agency, a brand experience and live event company made up of “imaginators,” creators and event enthusiasts.

Playoff Fan Central is a 300,000 square-foot interactive experience that gives thousands of fans the opportunity to be a part of the College Football Playoff National Championship. This year’s three-day, family-friendly event included games, clinics, pep rallies, band performances, special guest appearances, autograph signings and exhibits celebrating college football and its history. Playoff Fan Central creates memories that last a lifetime.

Working alongside Etzel and staff, the students helped set up, manage, and break down Fan Central, while also establishing relationships and learning the many tasks and duties that create a safe and fun fan experience. They gained invaluable event management experience and learned just what goes on behind the scenes when cameras aren’t running.

“Playing a significant role in the College Football National Championship operations was crucial to gaining knowledge of event operations and enhancing connections and opportunities in the sporting industry,” said Sport Management student Kali Williams. “It was extremely exciting to see how my fellow students developed professionally though this opportunity provided within the Sport Management Department at Florida State.”

Students at the CFB National Championship

December 1, 2017

Danielle Eftaxas[1]Danielle Eftaxas, a student in the combined doctoral program in Counseling Psychology/School Psychology, was recognized earlier this month at the Florida Association of School Psychologist’s (FASP) 44th Annual Conference. FASP represents school psychologists who work in schools, universities, and other educational and health settings throughout the state of Florida.

Danielle was awarded the 2017 FASP Graduate Studies Award. FSU Faculty describe Danielle as one of the most talented doctoral students in school psychology with exemplary leadership, academic, and social skills.  She is exceptionally well-organized, develops rapport easily, and is persistently goal-oriented.  Due to these characteristics and others, she was offered multi-year support as the Graduate Program Assistant to the Director for the NASP-accredited and DOE approved program in School Psychology at Florida State.  The program faculty consider themselves extraordinarily fortunate to have recruited Danielle and look forward to mentoring her through the doctoral program.

About the Florida Associate of School Psychologists (FASP)
The mission of FASP is to advocate for the mental health and educational development of Florida’s children, youth, and families and to advance the profession of school psychology. Founded in 1957, the not-for-profit organization promotes School Psychology interests across the State of Florida to include representation to the National Council of School Psychologists. To learn more about FASP and/or to join, please visit:


November 30, 2017


Florida State doctoral student Shannon Gooden is the winner of the university’s 2017 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Shannon Gooden, a doctoral student in the School of Teacher Education, took home the first-place prize and $1,000 at Florida State University’s Three Minute Thesis competition on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Goodsen also has the opportunity to represent Florida State at a regional competition in February.

“It’s so humbling,” Gooden said. “There were so many amazing talks and pieces of research. This is the first time the College of Education or the School of Teacher Education has had a winner to my knowledge, so it’s not only humbling to be representing them, but to represent the university as well. I can’t take that for granted.”



November 27, 2017

AAIA_wDGAAAAAQAAAAAAAApfAAAAJGExZGQ5NjZhLTNmMDQtNDk4My04ZjI0LWRjOWJkNDAzNjdlNQThe Florida State University President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion has announced the inaugural group of winners of the 2017-2018 Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Grant Awards, which support efforts to move FSU closer to realizing the vision of a campus community where differences and similarities are equally valued.

More than 50 proposal submissions from faculty, staff and students were received for projects that advance FSU’s diversity goals, with an emphasis on enhancing the quality of teaching and learning about diversity; creating a welcoming and inclusive work and learning environment where differences are respected and valued; and improving and increasing recruitment, retention and graduation of students from historically underrepresented groups.

Among the 10 award winners that will each receive up to $1,000 in support for their project’s programming and activities was College of Education Student Benjamin Pereira.

College of Education, Sport Management Program: Benjamin Pereira (Student)
Sports Talk Series is a forum that will be hosted by the future student organization, the Foundation for Diversity & Inclusion in Sport. This organization will embrace students of diverse backgrounds seeking to further their professional and personal development within a sport-oriented environment. The forum will feature a panel discussion designed to expose students to polarizing issues in the sports world that arise each year. Its mission is to provide attendees with a greater understanding and appreciation of the issues and the surrounding circumstances that cause them.


November 22, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 1.33.48 PMDanielle Morgan Acosta, Ph.D. candidate in FSU’s Higher Education program, has been selected as a member of the ACPA Diamond Honoree Class of 2018.

Acosta is a passionate and collaborative student affairs practitioner and leadership educator focused on facilitating change, social justice, and student and staff development. For over a decade, Danielle has been known by peers and students as a fierce advocate, crisis manager, and mentor with an ability to see and grow potential and encourage herself and others to live and work with positive restlessness.  Danielle earned her undergraduate degree at Clark University, holds masters’ degrees from Clark University and Salem State University, and is currently a Ph.D. student at FSU, where she works as Director of Student Affairs, advising Student Government and overseeing the identity based agencies and Allies & Safe Zones program.

The ACPA Diamond Honoree Program, established by the Foundation in 1999, is both a recognition program and a fund raising activity. Those nominated for consideration are recognized for their outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and to student affairs. They may be former leaders of the profession, supervisors, teachers, or anyone who has had a continued and significant influence on the quality of the college student’s experience.

The funds raised on behalf of the ACPA Diamond Honoree are used to support many of ACPA’s priorities including: research and other scholarly activities; and scholarships for members to participate in ACPA’s professional development opportunities. Since its inception in 1999, the program has generated nearly $500,000 in support of the work of the Foundation and ACPA.

Acosta and the other 10 Diamond Honorees will receive their award at the 2018 ACPA Convention being held in March.


November 20, 2017

Shannon Gooden, doctoral student in Science Education, is a finalist in FSU’s Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition! She will present her research along with 13 others at the Finalist Competition on Nov. 29. First place ($1,000) and second place ($750) winners will be selected by a panel of judges. Audience members will vote for the People’s Choice Award ($500)!

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students’ capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

Doctoral students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their dissertation topic and its significance.


November 10, 2017

unknownSarah Cox, a student in the Curriculum & Instruction doctoral program majoring in Special Education, won the Single Case Research Student Poster award at the 2017 conference of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children. Sarah’s poster presented the findings of a study she led that evaluated the effects of modified schema-based instruction on the mathematical word problem solving flexibility of middle school students with autism spectrum disorder. 

Sarah is supported in her doctoral studies by a U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education personnel preparation ASD-STEM grant. Drs. Kelly Whalon and Jenny Root are co-chairing Sarah’s supervisory committee.


November 3, 2017

FSU_MelanieDammel_Conference PresentationMelanie Dammel, a Sport Management doctoral student, presented at the 2017 North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Conference held Nov. 1-4 in Windsor, Ontario.

See Dammel’s abstract from the NASSS Conference below:

(Not) Making a Case for Multicultural Coaching
Melanie Dammel, Florida State University
Sixty percent of the 2015/2016 NCAA student athletes identified themselves as minorities (NCAA, 2017). The coaching demographic statistics yield comparable statistics as 53% of the coaching staff from the same academic year self-identified as minorities (NCAA, 2017). These statistics coupled with the phenomena of globalization, may make a strong case for culturally relevant coaching. Current research calls for coaches to adopt a more multicultural perspective within their coaching methods (Rosinski, 2003). Although this has been identified as a necessary component to successful coaching in a globalizing world, many athletes may not feel the same way. The purpose of this paper is to understand how a multiculturally diverse coaching program benefits the student-athlete or if it is really of importance to them at all. This paper explores the concept of culturally relevant coaching through interviews with four self-identified minority NCAA athletes and two coaches. If 29 this type of coaching is found to positively affect student-athlete performance, why do the athletes not believe it to matter?


October 3, 2017

3e3ca8aSam C. Ehrlich and Dr. John Holden recently published the article, ESports, Skins Betting, and Wire Fraud Vulnerability in the October 2017 esports special issue of the Gaming Law Review.

Ehrlich is a doctoral student in the Department of Sport Management. He earned a J.D. from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and a B.S. in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Holden is a visiting scholar in the FSU Department of Sport Management. He is an attorney licensed by The Florida Bar Association and The Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario). A two-time FSUCOE alumnus, Holden received both his master’s and doctorate degrees in Sport Management. He is a nationally recognized scholar, and has authored a multitude of articles that have been published in well-respected journals throughout the country. His scholarly research focuses on corruption in sport, sports gambling, sports analytics and e-sports.

To view the article in full, click here.


October 2, 2017

21768046_10155840876828474_2690914407934520801_nThe Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Class XII, which includes Higher Education doctoral student Jamaal Harrison, had the privilege to meet with Col. Glenn Sutphin, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs and SGM Mark Oglesby of the Department of Military Affairs on September 27. 

Harrison was named to the Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Program in September of 2016, and through this program works in the Department of Juvenile Justice

The Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Program was created from the belief that the best way to ensure Florida’s greatness is to actively educate and cultivate its future leaders. This non-partisan program immerses students from public and private universities in key areas of state government. During their nine-month tenure in Tallahassee, Fellows receive advanced on-the-job training as well as an invaluable frontline view of the inner workings of government.


In addition to being a Gubernatorial Fellow, Harrison is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for Postsecondary Success, a Hardee Fellow, Florida State Torchbearer, Florida State Fellow Society member, and member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Learn more about the Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Program and Class XII at  


September 28, 2017

IMG_3178[1][1]On September 20, Hurricane Maria, a powerful Category 4 hurricane, made direct landfall on Puerto Rico, home to 3.4 million US citizens. The island was drenched with rain, and 150 mph winds ripped apart buildings and took out trees, cell service and power.

Following Hurricane Maria’s damage to Puerto Rico, Florida State University, through the College of Communication and Information, coordinated the collection of supplies for the island through Operation Airdrop’s local relief drive. The organization asked for water, first aid kits, batteries, flashlights, hygiene products, baby formula, nonperishable foods, clothing, candles and matches.

COE placed a donation box on the ground floor of the Stone Building, and within a day, the box was overflowing with relief supplies donated by COE students, faculty and staff.


September 15, 2017

DonationsGroup2FSU College of Education students were among those who assembled thousands care packages for Hurricane Irma victims on Friday, September 15 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.

On Friday morning, more than 250 FSU students and 100 staff volunteers assembled the donated items into care packages at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.

“This is what Florida State’s about,” said President John Thrasher. “We talk about family a lot at Florida State. When you see things like this, it really shows that the kids believe in the university and its values, and they’re willing to participate and give back.”

Students from FSU athletics teams and Greek and multicultural organizations turned out to help the massive effort, making about 5,000 nonperishable food care packages and 2,000 bags of personal hygiene items.

Read more from Florida State University News here.


August 3, 2017

Florida State University’s prestigious Garnet and Gold Scholar Society welcomed 34 new members this summer

The Garnet and Gold Scholar Society recognizes accomplished undergraduate students who excel within and beyond the classroom in at least three of five areas: international experience, internship, leadership, research and service.

Sanghyun Lee College of Arts and Sciences

To become an inductee of the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society, students must meet the engagement area criteria and submit a synthesis reflection project in their final semester before graduation. Participants are recognized at graduation and receive a designation on their official university transcript, both of which make the students more marketable to potential employers or graduate programs.

The students, all graduating seniors, were inducted into the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society during a special ceremony August 1, 2017. The inductees with academic majors in the College of Education were:

Maya Pierre, marketing and sport management
Tara Rooney, sport management
Emilio Figueroa, criminology and sport management

To view the full list of Garnet and Gold Scholar Society inductees, visit


July 6, 2017

19510640_907012702808317_1851657012757231147_nChristopher McLeod and Dr. John Holden recently published the article, Ecological Economics and Sport Stadium Public Financing in the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review.

Given the recent importance that sport organizations, academics, and the public have placed on environmental sustainability this article introduces the study of ecological economics—founded upon Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen’s application of thermodynamics to economics—to legal perspectives on public financing. McLeod and Holden argue that the economic growth limits implied by thermodynamic principles should be incorporated in the public financing of sport stadiums. More specifically, municipalities can require facilities receiving public financing to produce environmental cost accounting reports and to make them publicly available.

McLeod is a doctoral student in the Department of Sport Management, from Christchurch, New Zealand. He earned a BPhEd from the University of Otago, and a M.S. in Sport Management from Florida State University. His research interests include biopolitics, cultural citizenship, and physical cultural studies.

Holden is a visiting scholar in the FSU Department of Sport Management. He is an attorney licensed by The Florida Bar Association and The Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario). A two-time FSUCOE alumnus, Holden received both his master’s and doctorate degrees in Sports Management. He is a nationally recognized scholar, and has authored a multitude of articles that have been published in well-respected journals throughout the country. His scholarly research focuses on corruption in sport, sports gambling, sports analytics and e-sports.

To view the article in full, click here.


June 8, 2017

Earlier this month, FSU College of Education students spent a wonderful week networking in Oklahoma City while volunteering at the Women’s College World Series. Seven members the Sport Management Student Association volunteered at the WCWS Fan Fest all day Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4. WCWS Fan Fest was a free epicenter of softball fun for fans of all ages! It was a festival within a festival jam packed with fan giveaways, music, softball speed pitch, home run derby, special appearances, autograph sessions, face painting, poster making and much more. FSUCOE students worked at the waiver booth and helped fans sign up to play the kid-friendly games that were offered.

Also while in Oklahoma City, the students met with executives from the Oklahoma City Dodgers Minor League Baseball team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma University, Prodigal Management, and representatives from the NCAA and Oklahoma City All Sports Association.


June 5, 2017

FSU College of Education student Karen Bunso Bryant’s manuscript, The Safety Act, Terrorism, and the National Football League, was recently published in the Spring 2017 edition of the Sports and Entertainment Law Journal

Karen Bunso Bryant is a former intelligence analyst for the United States Secret Service. Her assignments included the Middle East, the Counterterrorism Section, the Critical Protective Analysis Group and terrorism trends and tactics. Karen is currently a Sport Management doctoral student at Florida State University.

The Arizona State Sports and Entertainment Law Journal is edited by law students of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. As one of the leading sports and entertainment law journals in the United States, the Journal infuses legal scholarship and practice with new ideas to address today’s most complex sports and entertainment legal challenges. The Journal is dedicated to providing the academic community, the sports and entertainment industries, and the legal profession with scholarly analysis, research, and debate concerning the developing fields of sports and entertainment law. The Journal also seeks to strengthen the legal writing skills and expertise of its members. The Journal is supported by the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and the Sports Law and Business Program at Arizona State University.

May 31, 2017

Sport Management master’s student and All-American softball infielder Alex Powers was selected as the 2017 Senior CLASS Award® winner in softball.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Powers is the third student-athlete from Florida State to win a Senior CLASS Award since its inception in 2001, joining baseball’s James Ramsey in 2012 and softball’s Lacey Waldrop in 2015.

Already earning first-team All-ACC and first-team NFCA Southeast All-Region honors this season, Powers batted .360 with 19 doubles, 10 home runs, 51 RBI and 54 runs scored. A 2016 second-team NFCA All-American, Powers now holds the all-time doubles record at Florida State with 51, and her 19 doubles in 2017 is tied for the most in a single season. Working her way into becoming one of the best offensive players in FSU history, Powers finished her career in the top five of the FSU career marks for slugging percentage (.612, third), RBI (171, third), walks (133, T-third) and home runs (35, fourth). A career .350 hitter, Powers had a breakout season at the plate in 2016 and posted a .396 batting average with 16 doubles, 16 home runs and 63 RBI, earning ACC Player of the Year honors.

Read more from here.

May 2, 2017

Florida State University’s prestigious Garnet and Gold Scholar Society welcomed 216 new members this spring, its largest group of inductees to date.

The Garnet and Gold Scholar Society recognizes accomplished undergraduate students who excel within and beyond the classroom in at least three of five areas: international experience, internship, leadership, research and service.


To become an inductee of the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society, students must meet the engagement area criteria and submit a synthesis reflection project in their final semester before graduation. Participants are recognized at graduation and receive a designation on their official university transcript, both of which make the students more marketable to potential employers or graduate programs.

The students, all graduating seniors, were inducted into the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society during a special ceremony April 27, 2017. The inductees with academic majors in the College of Education were:

Ashley Green, English Education
Jennifer Karpinski, Elementary Education
Ronette Kortbein, Mathematics/FSU-Teach
Meaghan Maus, Sport Management and Media/Communication Studies

To view the full list of Garnet and Gold Scholar Society inductees, visit

April 18, 2017


Members of the FSU Sport Management Student Association  gathered on Monday, April 17 to elect their 2017-2018 executive board.

The purpose of the Sport Management Student Association is to foster awareness of the academic field of sport management while providing networking and community service opportunities, developing student leadership skills, and encouraging interaction and fellowship between sport management students, faculty and other university and community groups.

The executive board includes:
Emily Munyon, President
Anderson Howard, Vice President
Hannah Drosdick, Secretary
Justin Gibbons, Treasurer

Congratulations to all of the new executive board members. SMSA is in good hands.


April 7, 2017

Florida State University is helping cultivate some of FSU’s best and brightest minority doctoral students in partnership with the Florida Education Fund’s McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program.

College of Education student Jenay Sermon is among the 10 doctoral fellows and four dissertation fellows in the 2016-2017 McKnight Fellows class – one of its biggest cohorts in recent years.

Established in 1984, the FEF’s McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program is designed is to address the under-representation of African American and Hispanic faculty at colleges and universities in the state of Florida by increasing the pool of citizens qualified with Ph.D. degrees to teach at the college and university levels.

Sermon, a Ph.D. student in instructional systems and learning technologies in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, is one of the four dissertation fellows.

In order to promote professional development and completion of Ph.D. programs, the FEF awards grants to help defray the cost of writing a dissertation, presenting articles or papers at professional conferences, participating in short term special training programs or institutes, and collecting certain types of data.


April 4, 2017

IMG_3698A College of Education student has been recognized for his distinguished contributions to student learning through quality instruction. 

Seyedahmad Rahimi, a teaching assistant in the Department of Educational Psychology & Learning Systems, has been selected to receive a 2016-2017 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. 

Acknowledging that teaching assistants play a vital role in enhancing the teaching mission of the University, this award, sponsored annually by the Florida State University’s Graduate School, is designed to encourage and reward excellence in instruction and recognize the contributions that graduate students make to the teaching and learning mission of Florida State University.

Graduate student TAs from across the university are nominated by FSU students, faculty, or staff. The OTAA award selection is then based on a letter of recommendation from a department faculty member, and the quality of teaching documented in a electronic portfolio prepared by the nominated TA. OTAA recipients receive a $750 cash award and recognition at the annual university-wide Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence.

Rahimi and the five other OTAA award winners from the College of Arts & Sciences,  the College of Social Sciences & Public Policy, and the College of Fine Arts will be honored on Tuesday, April 18 at 3:30 p.m. at the FSU Alumni Center. 

Learn more about Seyedahmad Rahimi. View his College of Education student profile here


March 23, 2017


Members of this year’s P.E.O Award cohort: Cocoa Williams, Jocelyn Turcotte, Katherine Forney, Samantha Nix, Xin Shan and Bianca Prohaska.

Samantha Nix, a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education program is part of FSU’s largest cohort of women graduate students receiving support from the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) to date

The organization, which was founded in 1869, seeks to celebrate the advancement of women through scholarships, grants, awards and loans.

“We are so proud of our P.E.O. award-winning students,” said Nancy Marcus, dean of FSU’s Graduate School. “Our current cohort is studying everything from interior design to industrial engineering, and we know each woman is poised to make a positive difference in their fields of study.”

This year’s P.E.O. cohort, a total of nine women, is the beneficiary of three different types of awards from the organization. The Scholar Award helps women completing the last two years of their doctoral degree. The Continuing Education Grant provides assistance to women whose education was interrupted and who return to school to finish their degree or certification. The International Peace Scholarship provides aid to international women who pursue their degree in the United States before returning to their home country.

Other P.E.O. award winners are: Madalaine Morrow, social work; Brittnay Kemp, public administration; Allison Hess-Sitte, communications; Jocelyn Turcotte, interior design; Xin Shan, industrial engineering; Jean Forney, psychology; Cocoa Williams, English; and Bianca Prohaska, biology.


March 22, 2017

HOY_2017_group_webOn Wednesday, March 22 at the President’s Annual Humanitarian of the Year luncheon, 13 Florida State University students were recognized for their commitment to making the world a better place.

Among them, English Education student Brittany Sinitch, a senior from Coral Springs, was honored for her work with Dance Marathon, anti-bullying campaigns, and the FSU Council of Teachers of English.

Calling the students some of Florida State’s finest ambassadors, Provost Sally McRorie said the honorees exemplify the values cherished by the university: engagement, academic excellence and service to others.

17457540_1633431556686476_700931137079673402_n (1)“You saw a need, and you did something about it,” she said. “You didn’t wait for somebody else to do it. You didn’t wait until you got older, until you got a job, you’re out in the world. You did it now. That’s very inspiring.”

The President’s Undergraduate Humanitarian of the Year Award is a prestigious award that recognizes students who exhibit tremendous commitment to service. Each school or college selects one student to be the Humanitarian of the Year. Students are then recognized at an awards luncheon hosted by FSU President Thrasher. They also receive $200 that is donated in their name to a nonprofit organization of their choice.

On April 11, t
he awardees will attend Leadership Awards Night, and the overall President’s Undergraduate Humanitarian of the Year Award will be named. That student will receive an additional $1,000 for his or her charity.

Read more from the Center for Leadership and Social Change.


February 1, 2017

Six FSU College of Education students were nominated for a 2016-17 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

Sponsored annually by the Florida State University’s Graduate School, these awards recognize outstanding graduate student teaching assistants for their distinguished contributions to student learning through excellence in instruction. Recipients of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards (OTAA) are recognized at the annual spring Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence event. Information about the nomination and selection process can be found through the left navigation menu. 

January 27, 2017

Sport Management senior and FSU Black Student Union (BSU) president Rashard Johnson


Rashard Johnson (Photo: Codi Cain/FSView)

is looking forward to the new BSU building.

After nearly 50 years of sharing increasingly cramped space in a building on Woodward Avenue, Florida State University’s Black Student Union will be moving into a new location by the end of the year.

FSU is holding a groundbreaking 3 p.m. Friday for a 5,600-square-foot building at 921 W. Jefferson St.

The new two-story location includes space for meetings, exhibits, a student lounge, a large multipurpose room for classes, offices and a kitchen.

It will be shared by the BSU and FSU’s African-American Studies department. The two entities are housed in a much smaller building at 206 Woodward Ave., across from the FSU Police Department.

“This is going to be a pivotal point in the history of the BSU,” president Rashard Johnson said. “It comes with us partnering with African-American Studies to learn more about our culture.

“It will definitely allow us to have more events and to fellowship,” said Johnson

Read more from the Tallahassee Democrat.


January 23, 2017

Sport management student and Florida State University Men’s Basketball rofpoycoqngtoxp-20160627150001player Jonathan Isaac loaded the stat sheet the week of Jan. 23rd with a pair of double-doubles to earn Player of the Week honors. His career-high 7 blocks against Notre Dame led the Seminoles to back-to-back wins over ranked ACC opponents.

Read more from the NCAA.


January 10, 2017

s200_estee-hernandezEstee Hernández, a doctoral student in the Higher Education program at FSU, was recently selected to receive NASPA’s Dr. Susan Komives Research Award. Her nominators shared information about the tremendous impact she has made both within the field of research in Student Leadership and on FSU’s campus.

This award, named for FSU Higher Education alumna Susan Komives (MS ’69), is intended to support professional, doctoral, and master’s-level scholarly research. Hernández will submit an article about her research to NASPA’s Knowledge Community for Student Leadership Programs newsletter in order to disseminate her findings to the SLP-KC membership and beyond.

The award will be given at the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference in San Antonio, March 11-15.


January 9, 2017

COE Spotlight: Sport Management

Did you know that the College of Education houses the Department of Sport Management? Florida State’s bachelor’s degree in Sport Management is designed to provide students with an introductory understanding of the sport industry. The coursework includes a focus on the applied aspects of sport management. Students also gain knowledge of current industry literature, both applied and research based. 

Learn about one of our Sport Management students, Jerome.


Name: Jerome Abbott

Major/Year: Sport Management, junior

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL 

I always knew I wanted to be a Sport Management major at FSU– not just because I love sports, but because of the opportunities available in the program to build relationships and gain meaningful experiences. I was fortunate enough to be elected to the Student Government Association as a Senator for the College of Education this past fall, which has allowed me to advocate for my fellow COE students, as well as the student body as a whole.


December 12, 2016


On December 8, Florida State University welcomed 37 new inductees into the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society. Of the 37, four were College of Education students!

Established in 2010, the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society recognizes undergraduate students who excel within and beyond the classroom in at least three of five areas: international experience, internship, leadership, research and service.

The FSU College of Education inductees, along with their hometowns and academic majors, are:

Belle Glade, FL
Esther Benette, Mathematics Education

Jacksonville, FL
Marcella Cavallaro, Visual Disabilities Education

Ocala, FL
Joe Borreca, Social Science Education

St. Petersburg, FL
Kaylyn Fudge, Sport Management

For more information, visit


November 8, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-11-08 at 2.33.21 PM.pngJordan Nation, a graduate student in Higher Education, took home Best Overall in the Graduate Case Study Competition at the Association for Orientation Transition Retention in Higher Education (NODA) Annual Conference held Nov. 5 – 8 in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Graduate Student Case Study Competition is an opportunity for graduate students to put the theory they have learned in the classroom into practice. During the Case Study Meeting on Saturday, November 5, participants received the case and selected their time slot. Each team had the opportunity to deliver its solution and be asked questions following the presentations by a team of judges. The awards for the student case study were announced during the Closing Brunch on Nov. 8.


October 10, 2016

As part of the Division of Blind Services’ (DBS) 75th Anniversary, DBS has initiated the Successful 75 program. This initiative honors individuals, organizations and businesses that have remained steadfast in the advancement of independence for persons who are blind and visually impaired.

The FSU College of Education’s Visual Disabilities program will be recognized as one of the honorees for its commitment to the blind and visually impaired community. A medallion will be presented to a representative of the program during the White Cane Day/75th Anniversary ceremony at 11 a.m.on October 13.

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October 10, 2016

Estee Hernández, a first-generation Mexican-American doctoral student in Higher Education, cannot remember a time when she didn’t want to be an educator.

In recognition of her outstanding commitment to education, she has been selected as a fellow of the Graduate Student Fellows Program of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.

The program is a national and nonprofit organization that provides exceptional Hispanic students seeking doctoral degrees an opportunity to meet with a network of Hispanic professors and administrators who can mentor the students through the difficulties of higher education.

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-12-03-55-pm“It was a great opportunity to meet senior scholars in my field and to be mentored in my current projects and future goals,” Hernández said.

Hernández, who wears dual hats as full-time program coordinator for the FSU Center for Leadership and Social Change and the main coordinator of the Service Scholars Program, is equally committed to community service as she is to pursuing higher education.

“I was so impressed by the program and the students, I knew I wanted the opportunity to work with this community,” Hernández said. “Service scholars are catalysts for social change: they care deeply about a variety of social issues, and they work tirelessly to find solutions to our world’s problems.”

In between her time as the main coordinator of the Service Scholars Program and her doctoral studies, Hernández also works with the President’s Undergraduate Humanitarian of the Year Award where she helps recognize one student from each of the university’s 16 colleges who display an exemplary commitment to community service and humanitarianism.

Read more


August 9, 2016

Lisa Phillips

Lisa Phillips

Lisa Phillips, a College of Education graduate student in Mathematics Education and Florida State University School teacher, was recently awarded the Professional Development Scholarship Emphasizing the History of Mathematics from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) to conduct research and study the use of mathematics history in teaching. The scholarship acknowledges and honors Father Stanley Bezuszka’s efforts to promote the history of mathematics as a powerful teaching tool, and is awarded to an individual teacher each school year. 

Founded in 1920, the NCTM is the world’s largest mathematics education organization, with 80,000 members and more than 230 affiliates throughout the United States and Canada. The NCTM is global leader and foremost authority in mathematics education, ensuring that all students have access to the highest quality mathematics teaching and learning.

Congratulations, Lisa!


August 2, 2016

Logan Arrington, a doctoral student in Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies (ISLT), was recently selected to serve on the Design & Development board of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). He is joining current students Wei Kelly and Jiyae Bong on the board, as well as ISLT alumna Anne Mendenhall.


July 19, 2016

Julia Kronholz and Henry Nsuguba

Julia Kronholz and Henry Nsuguba

Julia Kronholz, a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology/School Psychology combined Ph.D. program, received one of the College of Education’s International Travel Scholarships this year. She is currently visiting Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, where she is working with their career counseling center. She writes:

Hello, and greetings from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda! I am writing you as an update to my work here, made possible by the College of Education International Travel Scholarship. I thank you so very much for the support to make this experience come to fruition.

As I wind down my 3 weeks here, I reflected that I have achieved the goals I set before arriving: to help the staff at the Counseling and Guidance Centre at Makerere University implement career counseling services.  

Specifically, I helped to train 30 faculty and staff on career advising for students; created and disseminated an employer survey to gain a better understanding of strengths and weaknesses of Makerere University students; and developed a resource library for the centre. In addition, I’ve been able to meet with university administrators to advocate for support in developing career counseling. Career counseling is a very new idea here in Uganda, as you might expect from a developing nation. The university system is also very different, so it has been a good learning experience in adapting knowledge to a new culture.

I personally thank you for this experience, but on a wider scale, the staff at the Centre also thank you. Just by me being here – a visitor from the U.S. – has given the Centre clout in the eyes of university administration and will hopefully lead to support to grow a service greatly needed for this country. I think we will see tremendous progress in Uganda in the years to come.

I look forward to being back in Tallahassee and giving my brown bag talk about my experience. 



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Julia Kronholz with Henry Nsuguba, director of the Counseling and Guidance Centre at Makerere University, at the source of the Nile River


July 8, 2016


Jesse Smith-Appleson (Sociology), Marcella Cavallaro (Visual Disabilities Education), and Ye Wang (Sport Psychology)

Marcella Cavallaro, a bachelor’s student majoring in Visual Disabilities Education, and Ye Wang, doctoral student in Sport Psychology, received the FSU Center for Global Engagement’s 2016 Global Citizen Award.

The Global Citizen Award recognizes outstanding students who exemplify global citizenship. Through their intercultural engagement, both at home and internationally, this year’s Global Citizen Award recipients have built relationships across cultures and fostered global awareness and mutual understanding on the FSU campus.


July 1, 2016

Julia Kronholz

Julia Kronholz

Congratulations to Julia Kronholz, a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology/School Psychology combined Ph.D. program, who received the National Career Development Association (NCDA) Mentor Graduate Student Research Award at the Global Career Development Conference in Chicago this week.


June 28, 2016

Star Swain, a doctoral student in the online Educational Policy and Evaluation Ed.D. program, has garnered social media attention for her impromptu performance of the Star Spangled Banner at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. She has been cited in the Washington Post, TODAY, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Swain is a former Florida A&M Marching 100 trombonist and vocalist. She is currently Assistant Principal at Jefferson Middle-High School.


June 19, 2016


The Sport Management Student Association (SMSA) at FSU traveled to Tampa, FL for their summer networking event led by Dr. Jason Pappas. They met with executives from the Tampa Bay Lightning, IMG Academy, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Tampa Bay Rays.


May 25, 2016


Daneika Borthwick

Daneika Borthwick, master’s student in the Sport Management program, made the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tennis singles field of 64 for the first time in her career after a First Team All-ACC campaign in 2016. To read more about the singles tournament, click here.

Borthwick graduated in 2015 with her bachelor’s degree in sport management. She is also pursuing a Coaching Certificate in the FSU College of Education.


May 24, 2016

Michael P. Mesa, doctoral student in the Educational Psychology: Learning and Cognition program, spoke with WTXL ABC 27 regarding North Florida Freedom Schools (NFFS), a summer program from low-income students in Leon and Gadsden Counties. Mesa will work with NFFS this summer as a Servant Leader Intern Floater this summer, helping with all levels and at both location sites.


May 6, 2016


Dr. Adrienne Stephenson and Dean Nancy Marcus recognize graduate students who received competitive external funding during the 2015-16 academic year.

Congratulations to the six FSU College of Education students recognized as PFF/PFP Fellows at the 2016 Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence. The Preparing Future Faculty Program assists Florida State’s doctoral students (and others headed toward academic careers) prepare for future faculty work. Through participation in coursework, workshops/seminars, and/or online training, and mentoring, PFF Fellows increase their awareness of expectations for faculty performance and of resources available to aid in scholarly careers, and build their readiness to address research, teaching and related demands of faculty life.

Abdullah Ahmed Alghamdi, Ph.D. student in Measurement and Statistics
Anas Hamed Almuhammadi, Ph.D. student in Foreign and Second Language Education
Meshari Alshammari, Ph.D. student in Foreign and Second Language Education
Nicole Reid, M.S. student in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies
Wasan Tawfeeq, Ph.D. student in Foreign and Second Language Education
Sara Tours, Ph.D. student in Early Childhood Education


May 3, 2016

The Garnet and Gold Scholar Society facilitates involvement and recognizes undergraduate students who excel within and beyond the classroom in at least three of five areas: international experience, internship, leadership, research and service. The FSU College of Education had 7 inductees in the Spring 2016 class of the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society:

Jessica Coogan, English Education
Kelly Croy, Social Science Education
Michael Dixon-Peabody, Social Science Education
Abigail (Abby) Ford, Elementary Education
Amanda Pierre-Louis, English Education
Alora Sager, Exceptional Student Education
Jacques Toussaint, Sport Management

G&G scholars

Spring 2016 Class of Garnet & Gold Scholar Society


May 2, 2016

Gareth Wilkinson

Gareth Bryan Wilkinson, 3rd from left

Gareth Bryan Wilkinson, Ph.D. student in Educational Leadership, placed 2nd in the Education category at the 2016 Florida Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium. This event celebrates and recognizes the outstanding scholarly accomplishments of Florida graduate students. It also highlights the importance of graduate education and research and their role in promoting knowledge.


April 23, 2016

This semester may be coming to a close but we love seeing the class bonds that were formed!


April 20, 2016

STEM Equity

STEM Equity Conference

At the annual STEM Equity Conference, undergraduate students who participated in the Noyce Apprenticeship and SOAR Outreach programs displayed posters about their experiences at local K-12 schools. The event provided an opportunity for teachers, students, administrators, and researchers to gather as the FSU School of Teacher Education and FSU-Teach work toward their goal of improving math and science education for all. The conference also examined equitable education and the bridging of STEM and education fields.


April 19, 2016

Andrya Hernandez

Andrya Hernandez-Robles

Andrya Hernandez-Robles, undergraduate student in English Education, was named the delegate for Dance Marathon at Florida State University representing the FSU College of Education. Dance Marathon is a year-long effort that culminates into an annual 40-hour event, where more than 1,800 students stay awake and on their feet to raise money and awareness for local beneficiaries. Delegates are the representatives from each of the participating organizations with Dance Marathon. Their primary responsibility is to deliver information to the members of their organizations and to motivate them to make a difference each day.


April 18, 2016

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Samantha Nix

Samantha Nix, doctoral student in the Higher Education program, received a National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for 2016-2017. The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education.

This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. Nix was one of only 35 winners out of 400 applicants to receive the award. This reveals the organizations’ confidence in her potential contribution to the history, theory, or practice of education.


April 18, 2016

Sport Psych Lab Sandbox

Students in the Sport Psychology program have been measuring physiological responses using Oculus Rift to find ways to improve sports performance.

April 15, 2016

Taylor Locks

Taylor Locks

Taylor Locks, master’s student in the Higher Education program, received the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Outstanding Graduate Student in Region III Award. This award recognizes achievement, involvement and potential for leadership in our emerging Student Affairs professionals. As this year’s winner, Locks receives a one-year membership to NASPA.

Locks is currently the assistant coordinator in Smith Hall, where she co-supervises 18 resident assistants.


April 13, 2016

Daniel Die, master’s student in the Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies (ISLT) program, became vice president of the Instructional Systems Student Association (ISSA).

During his senior year at SUNY Buffalo, Die was a member of the student council for sports clubs, and was president of the UB Alpine Ski Team, which included heavy requirements on events with formal participation, community service, and fundraising.

Die is committed to helping ISSA better serve the ISLT master’s students by bringing great ideas to the table and designing or organizing unique activities and projects.


April 12, 2016

Katie Roman

Katie Roman, undergraduate student in English Education, received the John Simmons Award for Excellence in English Education.


April 7, 2016

Congratulations to the following College of Education graduate students who have been recognized for their excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship:

Preparing Future Faculty Fellows
Abdullah Ahmed Alghamdi ……………………………Educational Psychology & Learning Systems
Anas Hamed Almuhammadi …………………………School of Teacher Education
Meshari Alshammari ……………………………………..School of Teacher Education
Wasan Tawfeeq ……………………………………………..School of Teacher Education
Sara Tours ……………………………………………………..School of Teacher Education

Preparing Future Professionals Fellows
Anas Hamed Almuhammadi …………………………School of Teacher Education
Nicole Reid …………………………………………………….Educational Psychology & Learning Systems

2015-16 External Award Recipients
Alyssa Hernandez …………………………………………..Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Florida
Gubernatorial Fellowship
Wykia Macon …………………………………………………..Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Research
Triangle Institute/Ethiopia READ Project Summer Internship
Matthew Bird ………………………………………………….Educational Psychology & Learning Systems
NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant
Smriti Jangra ……………………………………………………Educational Psychology & Learning Systems
Marvalene Hughes Research Incentive Grant
Lynn Bowens Turner …………………………………………Educational Psychology & Learning Systems
Marvalene Hughes Research Incentive Grant
Clausell Mathis ………………………………………………….School of Teacher Education
McKnight Doctoral Fellowship
Brenda Wawire ………………………………………………….School of Teacher Education
PEO International Peace Scholarship
Susan Yarbrough ………………………………………………School of Teacher Education
National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities Scholarship

These students will be recognized at the Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in the FSU Alumni Center.


April 6, 2016


It was Full Teach Week for many of our students in the School of Teacher Education, including these Elementary Education students.


April 5, 2016

Abigail Ford an undergraduate student in Elementary Education, received an Academic Leadership Awards.

Alexandra Hall from the FSU Panama City Campus also received an Academic Leadership Award.

Jacques Toussaint, an undergraduate student in Sport Management, received the Student Seminole Award, given to students who have made special contributions to the university in the areas of leadership and service.

These students were recognized on April 5 for the university’s Leadership Awards Night. The ceremony, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, is held each year to honor the diverse collection of individuals and groups across campus that engage in leadership learning. Read more about the awards here.


April 4, 2016

ISLT potluck

Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies students at their Spring Potluck Lunch!


April 1, 2016


Gareth Wilkinson

Gareth Wilkinson, Ph.D. student in the Educational Leadership/Administration program, received the 2016 Robert M. Gagné Outstanding Student Research Award. This award honors Robert M. Gagné’s research legacy and the spirit of mentoring with which he worked with students and faculty colleagues.

Read Wilkinson’s research paper, District Sensemaking and Implementation of Teacher Professional Development A Case of Lesson Study in Florida.


March 31, 2016


Ali Raza

Ali Raza, master’s student in the Higher Education program, was named Student Government Association (SGA) Advisor of the Year. Raza currently serves as SGA executive branch co-advisor and associate director of The Hardee Center for Leadership & Ethics in Higher Education. You can read about Raza and his student journey at


March 28, 2016

Ramos-Mattoussi Paredes-Drouet

Dr. Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi and Carla Paredes-Drouet, Ph.D. student in Education Policy and Evaluation.

Carla Paredes-Drouet, Ph.D. student in the Education Policy and Evaluation program, is assisting the Learning Systems Institute (LSI) on a project designed to ensure that reading and writing skills in Ethiopia are sufficiently developed in the primary school in the seven most widely spoken languages. Paredes-Drouet, a native of Quito, Ecuador, is also an early childhood education and development specialist with more than eight years of international experience.

Dr. Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi, senior research associate at the Learning Systems Institute (LSI), and a team of experts from LSI have received extended funding to continue work with officials and educators in Ethiopia to reform reading instruction in the African nation.

“This is a challenging project, because Ethiopia has one of the most inclusive policies on language of instruction, with more than 20 mother tongue languages being used in classrooms,” said Dr. Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi, the principal investigator and a senior research associate with the Center for International Studies in Educational Research & Development, part of the Learning Systems Institute.

“This project is designed to ensure that reading and writing skills are sufficiently developed in the primary school in the seven most widely spoken languages.” said Ramos-Mattoussi. “Our FSU team focuses on development of teacher education, curriculum and materials and on training of teacher educators.”

Learn more.


SM 5k

Brett McNeill and Ally Shortt

March 28, 2016

Many students in the Sport Management Student Association (SMSA) volunteered their time at the the Florida State University Schools (“Florida High”) Friends and Alumni Network (FAN)’s 1st Annual 5K & 1M Fun Run to support the athletic programs of Florida High. In addition, SMSA’s president and secretary participated in the race. Brett McNeill and Ally Shortt won both of their divisions.


March 24, 2016


President Thrasher recognized 14 undergraduate students for their tremendous commitment to service.

Katelyn Moloney, an undergraduate student in the English Education program, was recognized by President Thrasher as the College of Education’s Humanitarian of the Year. The President’s Undergraduate Humanitarian of the Year Award is a prestigious award that recognizes students who exhibit tremendous commitment to service. Each school or college selects one student to be the Humanitarian of the Year.

Moloney hopes to influence the next generations of students to continue to affect change. The aspiring English teacher said her goal is to help shape future students to have a humanistic mindset and want to help people. Moloney is a junior from Orlando, Fla., who serves with The Alzheimer’s Project via AmeriCorps. The organization partners with families and provides care and services to people with Alzheimer’s. As an emergent educator, Moloney aims to cultivate humanitarianism among her students.



Julia Kronholz

March 24, 2016

Julia Kronholz, Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology, was awarded an NCDA Mentor Research Grant for 2016 by the National Career Development Association (NCDA) Research Committee for her research proposal, “The Relationship Among Dysfunctional Career Thoughts, Interest Profile Elevation, and Ability Self-Estimates.” In addition, Kronholz is a career advisor in the FSU Career Center.


March 22, 2016

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Samantha Nix

Samantha Nix, Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program, received a P.E.O. Scholar Award from the International Chapter P.E.O. Sisterhood. The P.E.O. Scholar Awards are one-time, competitive, merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university. In addition to recognizing and encouraging excellence in higher education, these awards provide partial support for study and research for women who will make significant contributions in their varied fields of endeavor. Priority is given to women who are well established in their programs, study, or research.


March 14, 2016


Jordan Nation (left) & Kaitlyn Shepard (center)

Kaitlyn Shepard and Jordan Nation, graduate students in FSU’s Higher Education program, received an education session award at the 2016 NODA Region VI Conference. NODA is the Association for Orientation, Transition, Retention in Higher Education. The mission of NODA is to provide education, leadership and professional development in the fields of college student orientation, transition and retention.

Kaitlyn Shepard also received the Region VI Outstanding Graduate Student award. Shepard is the interim program coordinator with FSU’s New Student and Family Programs.


March 1, 2016

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Kailey Case & Elizabeth Stevens

Kailey Case and Elizabeth Stevens, graduate students in the Visual Disabilities program, have been making a difference in the lives of veterans during their internship at the Biloxi Veterans Administration Blind Rehabilitation Center. During their time, the students worked with retired Master Sergeant of the U.S. Air Force Tracy P. Ferro who praised the two for their positive energy, high spirit, and devotion. “Miss Case and Miss Stevens’ education, willingness to help, and cheerfulness reflect great credit upon themselves and Florida State University,” remarked Ferro. Read more about their great work with visually impaired veterans.


February 8, 2016

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FSU HESA students at #Dalton16

Florida State University Higher Education master’s and doctoral students participated in Florida State University’s 26th Annual Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values. The conference brought together student affairs professionals, faculty, and students from across the nation to discuss student activism and advocacy.

This year’s Dalton Institute examined student advocacy and activism and a university’s role in leveraging this piece of the student experience to encourage personal development and intellectual growth. The conference’s keynote speakers included Atira Charles, assistant professor of management in the School of Business & Industry at Florida A&M University and CEO of Think Actuality LLC; George Kuh, adjunct research professor at the University of Illinois and Chancellor’s Professor of Higher Education Emeritus at Indiana University; The Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, president and founder of the Washington Consulting Group; and Penny Rue, vice president for Campus Life at Wake Forest University.

Many of our Higher Education students were instrumental in organizing and running this event. Click here to read more about the three-day event.


February 2, 2016


FSU HESA students

Several students in the FSU College of Education participated in the Multicultural Leadership Summit (MLS) exploring identity and social justice this past weekend. Hosted by the FSU Center for Leadership & Social Change, MLS focuses on a foundation of knowledge that will enhance student success in leadership in the areas of multiculturalism and social justice. The goal is to educate students on diversity and multiculturalism and empower them to be agents of social change in an increasingly diverse and global community.

This year’s summit, “Lives, Liberties, and the Politics of Happiness” focused on allyship, advocacy and activism and how they relate to particular social justice issues. About 200 people attended the two-day summit, which took place on Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30, 2016.


FSU Higher Education master’s students Ali Raza, Emily Oswalt, Amanda Mintz, and Matthew Dishman chat with keynote speaker Shaun King

A few College of Education students, like Lane Washington and Junior Pena, led workshop sessions at MLS. Master’s students in Higher Education, Washington and Pena discussed how comic book movies inform what it means to be a man.

Shaun King, senior justice writer for the New York Daily News and activist for the Black Lives Matter movement, was the summit’s keynote speak. In his keynote address, King discussed his views on humanity’s struggle for power and safety and how that relates to activism.

Read more about the Multicultural Leadership Conference or follow the hashtag #MLS2016 on Twitter.


February 1, 2016

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Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies students got together for an Instructional Systems Student Association (ISSA) event.


January 28, 2016

Four graduate students from the FSU College of Education have been nominated for a 2015-16 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

Sponsored by the Graduate School, the Office of Research, and the Program for Instructional Excellence, these awards recognize outstanding graduate student teaching assistants (TAs) for their distinguished contributions to student learning through excellence in instruction.

Recipients and their departments will be recognized at the Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at3:30pm at the Alumni Center.


January 21, 2016

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Sport Management students donated equipment that they collected last semester through a sports equipment drive to Special Olympics.


January 20, 2016

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Sophia Rahming

Sophia Rahming, a doctoral student in the Higher Education program, was one of six Florida State University students who received the 2015-2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Book Stipend Award. She was presented this award at “An Evening with Jelani Cobb” as part of FSU MLK Week.

The purpose of the MLK Book Stipend Award is to assist FSU students in completing their education. This competitive scholarship award is a collaboration between the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Black Alumni Association. A total of six awards were issued in the amount of $300 each: three awards from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and three awards from the FSU Black Alumni Association.


January 14, 2016

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Dante Pelzer

Dante Pelzer, doctoral student in Higher Education, was featured in Florida State University’s first “A Day in the Life” series for Careers in Student Affairs Month. Pelzer, who serves as University Residence Housing Coordinator at FSU, discusses his role at the university, as well as his path to this career.

View Pelzer’s story on page 9.


January 5, 2016

Ronnie L. Robertson’s collaborative work with Dr. Stacy Rutledge, Lora Cohen-Vogel, and La’Tara Osborne-Lampkin on personalization in high schools was published in the American Educational Research Journal (AERA). Robertson is currently a Ph.D. student in the Education Policy and Evaluation program. “Understanding Effective High Schools Evidence for Personalization for Academic and Social Emotional Learning” presents findings from a year-long multilevel comparative case study exploring the characteristics of effective urban high schools.


December 14, 2015

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Jamie Jacoby (right)

Jamie Jacoby, an undergraduate student the in the Elementary Education program, received the Outstanding Senior Scholar award at Florida State University. The Outstanding Senior Scholar award is awarded to those who have completed an Honors in the Major thesis, and also finished the requirements for the University Honors Program, all while finishing with a 3.9 GPA.


December 11, 2015

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Dr. Marvalene Hughes

Congratulations to Lynn Turner and Smriti Jangra, doctoral students in Learning and Cognition, who were chosen by Dean Marcy Driscoll to receive the Marvalene Hughes Student Research Incentive Grant.

At the Council on Research in Education (CORE)’s Marvalene Hughes Research in Education Conference this past spring, Marvalene Hughes challenged the College of Education’s faculty and students to conduct research on problems related to black males in education, and in turn, generously provided funding to help support this initiative. Using these funds, the College has created the Marvalene Hughes Student Research Incentive Grant.

Both students will conduct research that explores solutions to problems surrounding the education of Black students in America. Turner’s project is titled “Factors Associated with the Academic Resilience of Black Male High School Students” and Jangra’s project is “Early Parent-Child Verbal Interactions in Low-Income African-American Families.”

The students will present preliminary results of their research at next year’s conference in the College of Education on April 1, 2016. For more information about CORE, visit


December 7, 2015

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Sport Management Interns

Over the course of the next month, the Florida State University Department of Sport Management will be showcasing the internships that their undergraduate and graduate students have undertaken over the past semester. These internships provide our students with the opportunity to apply knowledge they learn in the classroom in “real-life” settings, and to experience working in the sport industry. Follow their page here to hear about their internship experience from the Sport Management students personally.


December 4, 2015

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Students in the FSU School of Teacher Education showcased their instructional impact analysis at the PK-12 Student Learning Showcase.


December 3, 2015

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Garnet & Gold Scholars Fall ’15

Congratulations to the following College of Education students who were inducted into the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society in Fall 2015:

Jamie Jacoby, Elementary Education
Megan Mellinger, Elementary Education
Kimberly Myers, Social Science Education
Hilary Roath, Applied Geosciences/FSU-Teach

The Garnet and Gold Scholar Society facilitates involvement and recognizes undergraduate students who excel within and beyond the classroom in the areas of Leadership, Internship, Service, International, and Research.

Read more about there Garnet and Gold Scholar Society inductees here.


December 2, 2015

Adam Hanley, doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology and School Psychology program, received the Mind & Life Institute’s 2015 Francisco J. Varela Research Award.

This competitive research award is based on neuroscientist and philosopher Francisco J. Varela’s belief that contemplative training offers modern science novel methods for investigating human experience.

“We were impressed by the intellectual rigor and creativity represented in your proposal and we hope your study is rewarding and productive,” said the Mind and Life Board of Directors and the 2015 Mind and Life Scientific Review & Selection Committee.


November 23, 2015


Sport Management students took a trip to Atlanta to learn more about the sport industry and network with professionals.


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Breuna Bishop

Breuna Bishop, a Sport Management student and Seminole Sports Marketing intern, shares her intern experience.

“Working with Seminole Sports Marketing has widened my perspective of Florida State University. It’s common knowledge that FSU is a very competitive athletic school, but as a student I only viewed it as a spectator with a one sided assessment. However, my internship has given me a backstage pass to the inner workings of a top ranked university. Working for Seminole Sports Marking is a very hands on internship where they allow us to be a part of every process from start to end.

My tasks revolve around the organization’s goal of connecting the fans to the sports the love and support. From promoting different games and events to assisting with developing marketing strategies, and we engage our audiences on unique levels. This internship has equipped me with transferable skills, like teamwork, creativity and problem solving that I can contribute to occupational opportunities in the future. What I like most about Seminole Sports Marketing is that you’re not just behind a desk helping to create the face of FSU, you’re out there becoming it.”


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Making electro magnets

November 20, 2015

With help from the National MagLab, juniors in the Special Education program made electro magnets in class. The only facility of its kind in the United States, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) is the largest and highest-powered magnet laboratory in the world. In the FSU College of Education, we are an innovator in education. For more information on our Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program, click here.

November 19, 2015


The FSU School of Teacher Education ran a food drive in conjunction with the Student Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (OASIS), and Cornerstone Learning Community. Together they collected over 750+ food items for local families and Riley Elementary School.


November 18, 2015

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Matthew Jones

Matthew Jones, a second year master’s student in the Higher Education/Student Affairs program, spoke about his study abroad experience in the UK at the 9th Annual Going Global Showcase of Student International Engagement. This event is part of Florida State University’s initiative to celebrate International Education Week and is sponsored by FSU Global Pathways, FSU International Programs, and the FSU Center for Global Engagement (CGE).

November 18, 2015

The College of Education’s Student Leadership Council are comprised of three student representatives from each department who serve as a voice of undergraduate and graduates students.

Click here to read more and see the members.

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November 16, 2015

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COE Tech Sandbox

Students in the Early Childhood Education program had a great time exploring the COE Tech Sandbox. The RED 4310 class, Developing Literacy Learning, visited the COE Tech Sanbox to learn about education technology in early literacy. Here at the FSU College of Education, our students are challenged through innovative programs and unique teaching methodologies.

Click here to learn more about our technology resources.

November 12, 2015

The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) hosted its annual convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. This year, the Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies program had over 26 faculty, staff, and student presenters in the 5-day program with concurrent research presentations, poster, and roundtable presentations, the PacifiCorp competition, and more.

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View more photos.


November 10, 2015

Jacques Toussaint, an undergraduate senior in the Sport Management program, has been elected to the 2015 FSU Homecoming Court. Toussaint, who is from Orlando, Florida, represents the Student Government Association, Unconquered Scholars, and Seminole Student Boosters.


November 9, 2015

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Sport Management students at Kearney Center

Undergraduate students in the Sport Management program that are enrolled in Dr. Flanagan’s Introduction to Sport Management course facilitate basketball games for individuals experiencing homelessness at a local community resource center. The games take place five times per week and are a part of a service learning project connected to the Department’s Center for Sport Health & Equitable Development.

“I have learned a lot from my field experience at the Kearney Center, working with individuals experiencing homelessness,” said Micayla Delesparra, an FSU Sport Management undergraduate student. “It has taught me to take advantage of the life I live and to not judge others. You truthfully never know what they have been through. When working with these men and women and playing basketball with them I was able to hear all about their lives. After a few minutes of playing ball with them I began to earn their trust in me. It made my time there so worthwhile.”


November 7, 2015

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James Hunt

A study with James Hunt, doctoral student in the Higher Education program, was covered by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The new study on executive pay and fundraising at public colleges was conducted along with Dr. Toby J. Park, an assistant professor of the economics of education and education policy; and Dr. David A. Tandberg, an associate professor of higher education.

View the article: “High Pay for Presidents Is Not Shown to Yield Any Fund-Raising Payoff.”

November 6, 2015


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Taehyeong Lim, a student in the Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies program, presented on mobile augmented reality at the 2015 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. This year’s conference, Accelerate Learning: Racing into the Future, included hundreds of peer reviewed and invited sessions representing the latest in research, contemporary trends, and best practices across broad professional applications in the field of educational technology.


November 5, 2015

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Logan Arrington and Zhichun (Lukas) Liu

Each year, the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) sponsors the PacifiCorp competition and invites graduate students to submit a proposal for analyzing and solving an organizational performance problem.

This year, two teams of Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies (ISLT) doctoral students represented the FSU College of Education in the competition. Logan Arrington and Zhichun (Lukas) Liu of team 1 and Nurul Jamiat and Zhiahuan Dai of team 2 reached the finals and won an award to go directly to ISLT’s scholarship fund.

Finding it as “the most difficult year to decide the team with the best presentation,” the judges recognized Logan Arrington and Zhichun (Lukas) Liu’s proposal as the most creative one and awarded them with the PacifiCorp contract.

“Please join me in congratulating our students for their accomplishments and making the Florida State’s ISLT program proud!” said Associate Professor Aubteen Darabi. The teams would like to extend their appreciation to those who attended their presentations in their support.


October 31, 2015


The 2015 Scholarship Recognition Event recognizeed our outstanding students who received scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year and honored our generous donors who made these awards possible.


October 29, 2015

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Students in the Special Education program learned about hands-on science experiments in the classroom.


October 25, 2015

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Special Olympics FSU Outreach Group

Danielle Kent, graduate student in the Sport Management program, has been interning with Special Olympics Florida: Student Outreach College at Florida State University after volunteering with the organization for over a year. She has been instrumental in the growth of the Special Olympics in the local community.

“For me personally, it’s so rewarding to help out with these athletes and I also enjoy the competitive side of it,” Kent said. “I’ve been coaching since high school and it’s great to get back involved with the school.”

Kent was featured in an article by the FSView & Florida Flambeau. Click here to read more.

October 24, 2015

Sherrina Lofton, doctoral student in the Sport Management program and undergraduate advisor for the Sport Management Department, has been chosen as the Black Graduate Student Association Treasurer for 2015-2016.

October 23, 2015

MOOC team members

Dr. Dennen (L) and Jiyae Bong (R)

Jiyae Bong, doctoral student in the Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies program, will receive a 2014-2015 Distance Learning Award for Excellence in Online Mentoring.

This is one of several awards presented by the FSU Office of Distance Learning to recognize outstanding and innovative work and promote effective practices for online and distance learning in all disciplines. Bong is being recognized for her work with the EME 6635 MOOCs & Open Learning course alongside Dr. Vanessa Dennen, associate professor.

“This is a great honor for me,” said Bong, who is also an instructor for the Introuction to Education Technology pre-requisite course at the College of Education. “I am very happy and deeply appreciative of your support.”

Read more about the MOOCs and Open Learning course on pg. 18 of the 2015-2016 Torch Magazine.


October 22, 2015

FSU Sport Management doctoral student Amber Wiest, along with Dr. Michael Giardina and their colleague, Dr. David Andrews (University of Maryland), published a journal article titled “Training the Body for Healthism: Reifying Vitality In and Through the Clinical Gaze of the Neoliberal Fitness Club” in Review of Education, Pedagogy, & Cultural Studies. In the article, they examine institutional practices and conceptions of health within the for-profit fitness industry (especially personal training practices) to illuminate the power relations implicated in (and operating through) the promotion of ‘health’ as a condition to be achieved by the morally responsible citizen (i.e., the fitness club member).

October 20, 2015

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Elementary Education students are learning how to work with students with visual impairment.

October 17, 2015

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Leah Hollingsworth

Curriculum and Instruction Ph.D. student Leah Hollingsworth represented the FSU College of Education at the Florida Association of Teacher Educators poster session. Her poster was titled, “Experiences, Influences, and Instruction: How do teachers’ math experiences as students influence their math instruction?”


October 16, 2015


Special Education students participated in FSU’s First Annual Autism Speaks U Walk.


October 15, 2015


Psychological and Counseling Services students spoke with alumni at the Cottingham Reception


October 15, 2015

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This past week many of our graduate students in the FSU Higher Education program completed Safe Zone: Seminole Ally training with the FSU Division of Student Affairs! The Seminole Allies & Safe Zones 101 workshop is a three-hour basic training in allyship and contemporary LGBTQ+ issues. Topics of discussion include: sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, current LGBTQ+ vocabulary, how to be an effective ally, and exploring further allyship possibilities. Kudos to our grads working to make FSU a safer and more inclusive environment for all students.


October 15, 2015


FSU students raised awareness across campus for National ‪‎White Cane Day‬, which celebrates the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.


October 5, 2015

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Danielle Morgan Acosta

Danielle Morgan Acosta, a doctoral student in Higher Education, was selected as Convention Chair for the 2017 American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Convention!

ACPA – headquartered in Washington, D.C. at the National Center for Higher Education, is the leading comprehensive student affairs association that advances student affairs and engages students for a lifetime of learning and discovery. ACPA 2017 will take place in Columbus Ohio, in March. Approximately 4,000 members and guests attend the annual convention each year. ______________________________________________________________________________

October 1, 2015

Katie Mosher, master’s student in Sport Management and undergraduate alumna, has become volunteer assistant coach of the FSU Volleyball team. As an undergraduate, Mosher was team captain for three years and was also was named a recipient of the ACC’s Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, a postgraduate scholarship awarded to students who plan to pursue a graduate degree.

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September 30, 2015

A research study by Counseling/School Psychology doctoral students Adam Hanley, Alia Warner and Vincent Delhili suggests that mindfully washing dishes calms the mind and decreases stress. The study has been featured in articles by the Wall Street Journal, UPI, Good HousekeepingUSA Today, Florida State 24/7TIME HealthTECH TIMES, and Zip Trials.

Additional researchers include Dr. Angela Canto, assistant professor at FSU, and Dr. Eric Garland, associate professor at University of Utah.


September 28, 2015


The Sport Management Student Association at #FSU raised $500 at the St. Jude Walk/Run


September 25, 2015

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies doctoral student Malaika Samples and Professor Emeritus Peter Easton published a book chapter on adult education in “Global Perspectives on Adult Education and Learning Policy.” This book explores recent changes in ten countries (Scotland, Czech Republic, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Botswana, Ghana, Palestine, South Korea and India) and five international organizations’ overall contexts and policies about adult education, how such policies intersect with developments in higher education and how they may contribute to debates on citizenship and democracy.


September 24, 2015

Four doctoral students in Instructional Systems and Learning TechnologiesLogan Arrington, Zhichun (Lukas) Liu, Zhaihuan Dai, and Nurullizam Jamiat – have been selected as finalist teams in the PacifiCorp competition sponsored by AECT.

Each year, PacifiCorp and the Design and Development Division of AECT offers the PacifiCorp Design and Development Award Competition. Teams of graduate students are invited to design and develop a solution in response to a performance problem in adult learning and performance-improvement settings. This year, three teams were invited to present their performance improvement solutions at the final phase of competition at AECT’s annual Convention in November.

September 23, 2015

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FSU’s English Education Class of 2016


September 22, 2015

Golden Higher Ed


Junior Pena, a master’s student in Higher Education, is part of a team that created an entrepreneurial idea to facilitate conversation between student affairs professionals. GoldenHigherEd is an opportunity to learn from current students and professionals, while also being able to share your own experiences and insights. You can check out their website or follow their Twitter @GoldenHigherEd.


September 20, 2015


Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies (ISLT) students at Fall 2015 Potluck Lunch


September 18, 2015


Alyssa Hernandez

Alyssa Hernandez, doctoral student in the Education Policy and Evaluation program, has been named a 2015 Gubernatorial Fellow. Hernandez holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Geography from DePaul University in Chicago. She currently works with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.


September 16,

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Foreign and Second Language Education students teach an after school Chinese class for Maclay School students


September 16, 2015

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The Robert E. Noyce Scholarship Program was awarded to Florida State University as a Phase II grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant entitled: Preparing and Supporting Equitable Teaching in Mathematics and Science Classrooms: The FSU-Teach Noyce Program, is a collaboration between the College of Education (Dr. Sherry Southerland, Dr. Christy Andrews-Larson), the College of Arts and Sciences (Dr. Joseph Travis. Dr. Alex Kercheval), and the College of Engineering (Dr. Chiang Shih). This collaborative effort aims to bring highly qualified STEM students into high needs classrooms through scholarships to students with strong content background who are committed to learning to teach effective in high needs settings.

Congratulations to the FSU-Teach Robert Noyce Scholars for 2015-2016:

Nancy Narvaez-Garcia: FSU-Teach- Geosciences
Natalie Concepcion: FSU-Teach- Chemical Science
Ray Jackson: FSU-Teach- Chemical Science
Jazmine Sanjuan: FSU-Teach- Chemical Science
Vandie Joseph: FSU-Teach- Biology
Jenise Russell: FSU-Teach- Mathematics


September 15, 2015


Hardee Center Fellows

Congratulations to all of our Higher Education master’s and doctoral students recognized by the FSU Hardee Center as 2015 Fellows!

Master’s Students:
Scott Atwell
Kyle Calbat
Joseph Czaja
Joshua Davis
Megan Downey
Mallory Foutch
Matthew Jones
Taylor Locks
Morgan Matchett
Amanda Mintz
Katherine Morales
Kyle Newman
Junior Pena
Amanda Peters
Ali Raza
Spencer Scruggs
Kaitlyn Shepard
Jennifer Stone
Suzanne Vickers
Lane Washington
Christian Williams
Samantha Yorke

Doctoral Students:
Alan Acosta
Danielle Morgan Acosta
Marilyn Anglade
Craig Beebe
Vivechkanand Chunoo
Kellie Gerbers
Kenneth Gloeckner
James Hunt
Althea Kilgore
Steven Kleuver
Susannah Marshman
Shermin Murji
Samantha Nix
Jonathan Ottley
Shawna Patterson
Dante Pelzer
Alishia Piotrowski
Sophia Rahming
Tadarrayl Starke
Yi-Chin Wu

September 11, 2015

Congratulations to Mary Buzzetta, a Ph.D. student in the Counseling and School Psychology program, who was awarded the James P. Sampson, Jr. Doctoral Research Fellowship in Career Theory and Practice this year.

“This honor is a testament to Mary’s achievements in the doctoral program,” said Dean Marcy Driscoll.

This fellowship provides support to an outstanding student in the Combined Doctoral Program in Counseling and School Psychology during the conduct of the student’s dissertation research. Important consideration in this selection included the approved prospectus along with other stellar accomplishments as a doctoral student.


September 9, 2015

This past weekend, FSU Sport Management Senior Katie Kwak spent three days at AT&T Stadium, taking part in the professional development shadowing program. Kwak was a part of America’s Team during the Dallas Cowboys v. Houston Texans NFL Preseason Week 4 game, a stadium conversion day, and the AdvoCare Classic between the #3 Alabama Crimson Tide and #20 Wisconsin Badgers.

Kwak had the opportunity to shadow nine members of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium and Legends Hospitality staffs over the course of her time in North Texas. She even got some time to hang out on the ESPN College Gameday bus with Brad Paisley, and snap a photo with another FSU alum, Lee Corso, on the set of Gameday.

The next participant in the professional development program at the AT&T Stadium, FSU Senior Alex James, will be in Arlington to experience the Texas Shootout between the #3 Baylor Bears and Texas Tech Red Raiders, October 2-3.


August 2015



The FSU College of Education welcomed its new graduate students at orientation throughout the week before classes began. Orientation sessions were divided by department and then further separated into program sessions.

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View all the photos on our Facebook page here.


August 2, 2015


Estee Hernandez & Yi-Chin “Sarah” Wu

FSU Higher Education Ph.D. students Estee Hernandez and Yi-Chin “Sarah” Wu welcomed participants to the 2015 Sisters of the Academy (SOTA) Research BootCamp orientation and opening dinner on August 2, 2015. Sisters of the Academy is an organization that seeks to facilitate the success of Black women in the Academy by fostering research and scholarship collaboration. The event was organized by Dr. Tamara Bertrand Jones, assistant professor of Higher Education. Hernandez and Wu worked the check-in table at the event.


July 27, 2015

A research poster created by a team of students in the Counseling Psychology/School Psychology combined Ph.D. program was selected to be featured in the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 16‘s Poster Session Ribbon Walk for a strong proposal submitted by a student.

“This is a great honor and lovely acknowledgement of the high level work that you all did over the course of the year,” said Dr. Steven Pfeiffer, professor in Psychological and Counseling Services.

Students in the team were Emilee Valler, Alexa Branagan, Jordan Burko, and Jordy Yarnell.


July 23, 2015


Lauren Haynes

Lauren Haynes, a first year master’s student in the Higher Education program, wrote a blog post that was featured in the Student Affairs Collective. In her post, “The Irony of Student Affairs: Professionalism, Civility, and our Favorite Buzz-words,” Haynes expanded on her thoughts following an #SAChat that took place on Twitter the week before.

Haynes is a recent graduate of Western Kentucky University where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology. She currently works in Experiential Learning in The Career Center and will begin classes in the FSU College of Education in Fall 2015.


July 20, 2015

Emilee Valler, a student in the Counseling Psychology/School Psychology combined Ph.D. program, was awarded one of the four American Academy of School Psychology (AASP) scholarships.

“I am so happy for, and proud of, Emilee’s recognition by AASP,” said Steven Pfeiffer, professor in FSU’s Counseling Psychology and School Psychology program. “She is a special student and it’s wonderful that she was one of the students selected for this prestigious award.”

Pfeiffer and Valler will both be presenting at the 2015 American Psychological Association (APA) Convention in Toronto, Canada in August.


June 19, 2015


Alan Acosta

A book review by Alan Acosta, doctoral student in Higher Education, was published in The Journal of College Orientation and Transition through NODA. In volume 22, number 2, Acosta wrote a review on Making Hope Happen by Shane Lopez.

Acosta is also the associate dean of students at Florida State University.


July 14, 2015

Sports Psychology students and Dr. Gershon Tenenbaum were in Switzerland for the the 2015 European Federation of Sport Psychology Conference.


July 8, 2015

David Kenton, doctoral student in Higher Education, was named one of the Thirty Under 30 recipients by the FSU Alumni Association, which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Florida State’s young alumni.

Kenton graduated from FSU in 2008 with his B.S. in Criminology. After attaining his J.D. from the North Carolina Central University School of Law, he returned to FSU to pursue his doctorate in Higher Education.

Kenton currently serves as the associate director at the Florida State University Center for Academic Retention & Enhancement.


July 2, 2015

Shermin Murji, doctoral student in Higher Education, published an article in the Journal of Leadership Education titled, “Taking Followership Education to the Next Level.”


June 23, 2015

Visual Disabilities

Graduate students in the Visual Disabilities program participated in drop off, the final test of their mobility skills! In this test, the students get dropped off somewhere in the 16 block area where they’ve previously worked and practiced. They don’t know where they are but they have to get reoriented and then find a destination determined for them by the instructor. They cannot have any help from anyone, just themselves and their cane.


June 9, 2015

Samantha Nix

Samantha Nix, doctoral student in Higher Education, received local and national attention for a recent study that was published in Frontiers in Psychology. Nix, lead author of the study, collaborated with Sociology doctoral student, Kirby Thomas, and Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner, assistant professor of Higher Education [see Faculty News].

The study, “Perceived mathematical ability under challenge: a longitudinal perspective on sex segregation among STEM degree fields,” examined why some students shun math-intensive fields. Nix, Perez-Felkner, and Thomas investigated how perceived ability under challenge—in particular in mathematics domains—influences entry into the most sex-segregated and mathematics-intensive undergraduate degrees: physics, engineering, mathematics, and computer science (PEMC).

The study was featured in the Tallahassee Democrat, Motherboard, The Conversation, and


June 1, 2015


Junior Peña

Junior Peña became the new advisor for the FSU Hispanic/Latino Student Union. Peña, who graduated with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston, is pursuing his master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

“We’re very glad to have him this year and can’t wait to learn all that we can from him!” said representatives from HLSU.


May 28, 2015


Anna Ward

Congratulations to Savanna “Anna” Ward, doctoral student in Sports Psychology, who became The Congress of Graduate Students‘ new Deputy Speaker for Judicial Affairs! Ward has been a College of Education Representative for The Congress of Graduate Students since Fall 2013. She is also the Past-President of Applied Sport Psychology.


May 21, 2015

Sport Management doctoral student, Simon Brandon-Li, published an article titled, “The Stage-Based Development of Behavioral Regulation within the Context of Physically Active Leisure,” in the Journal of Leisure Research. The article is co-authored with Drs. Daniel Funk and Jeremy Jordan (both with Temple University).


May 18, 2015

Two graduate students in the Visual Disabilities program, Maddie Martinez and Elizabeth Stevens, spent several days working with students and teachers at The Salvation Army School for the Blind in Jamaica. During their time in Kingston, the two Orientation and Mobility students mainly worked with younger students instructing them on how to use a cane.

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May 14, 2015

Katherine Summers and Jeongmin Lee

Katherine Summers and Jeongmin Lee

Jeongmin Lee and Katherine Summers, doctoral students in the Sociocultural & International Development Education Studies (SIDES) program, recently received Save-University Partnerships for Education Research. During these summer research fellowships, they will be assigned to an international development project operated by Save the Children and will be doing project evaluation in Mozambique, Africa (Jeongmin) the Philippines (Katherine).

More information about the initiative can be found here.


April 28, 2015


Rikki Roccanti

Rikki Roccanti, doctoral student in English Education, was awarded an Interdisciplinary Symposium Award from The Graduate School at Florida State University. Each academic year, The Graduate School provides funding opportunities to support events such as symposia, conferences, or meetings that are organized by graduate students and which encourage interdisciplinary dialogue. This symposium will center around the subject of urban literacy.


April 28, 2015

FSU Sport Management graduate and undergraduate students hosted a basketball tournament at a local resource center serving individuals experiencing homelessness. The students planned and executed the tournament at the Renaissance Community Center, a host for local initiatives that work to address the unmet needs of those in our community who are economically disadvantaged and/or experiencing homelessness. Students learned lessons in event operations, marketing, finance, volunteer management, diversity and inclusion in sport. The event was made possible by a grant from FSU’s Office of Undergraduate Studies.

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April 21, 2015

Leslie Klein

Leslie Klein

Leslie Klein received the 2014-2015 John Simmons Award. Klein will be graduating in May 2015 with her bachelor’s degree in English Education. After graduating, she is taking over for her cooperating teacher who will be going on maternity leave, and then will be looking for a full time teaching position.


April 15, 2015

Florida State University students, employees, and organizations that have exemplified leadership through achievement or service over the past year were recognized April 14 during the University’s Leadership Awards Night. The ceremony was organized by the Division of Student Affairs. Congratulations to College of Education students on their recognition!

Academic Leadership Awards:

Catherine Burke, English Education B.S.
Fabrizio Fornara, Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies Ph.D.

Artes Award, presented to an organization that has exhibited excellence in scholastic achievement:
Transcultural Research and Education


April 13, 2015



During the week of April 13th-17th, the Student Affiliates of School Psychology (SASP) will be collecting donations for Kids Incorporated of the Big Bend. The supply drive is run by graduate students in the School Psychology Combined MS/EDS program.

Things to donate: Diapers (size 3-6), baby wipes, vinyl gloves without powder, laundry detergent, wash clothes, bleach, books for infants and toddlers, food coloring, flour, liquid starch, liquid glue, construction paper, glue sticks, related school supplies.

Please bring any donations to SASP table located on the ground level of Stone Building by the side door entrance.

Megan Attanasio (L) and Christina Morisi (R), combined MS/EDS in School Psychology


April 11, 2015


Umit Tokac

Congratulations to Educational Psychology and Learning Systems graduate student, Umit Tokac, for receiving the 2015 Robert M. Gagné Research Award. This award honors Gagné’s research legacy and the spirit of mentoring with which he worked with students and faculty colleagues. This is the highest research honor at the FSU College of Education.


April 10, 2015

At the Florida State University Panama City campus, students in Christina Ríos‘ TSL 4080 class prepared a bulletin board on The Year of Miss Agnes, an inspirational book on the true craft of teaching and diversity in the classroom. “I like to incorporate multicultural literature in my classroom,” said who Ríos, who teaches Elementary Education emphasizing multicultural & foreign language education, and TSL methodology at FSU Panama City.


April 6, 2015

Sport Management students at all levels (undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral) have been participating in sport-based service learning projects with persons experiencing homelessness. “We are looking forward to continuing our partnership and serving at the new center which celebrated its grand opening on 4/2.”

Tallahassee’s new homeless shelter, The Kearney Center, is a facility for comprehensive emergency services. You can read more about The Kearney Center online via the Tallahassee Democrat.

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April 5, 2015


Dr. Ken Armstrong

The Instructional Systems Student Association (ISSA) had their third professional development talk, “Big Data,” with guest speaker Dr. Ken Armstrong of FSU’s Program in Interdisciplinary Computing. Dr. Armstrong presented various aspects of Big Data such as accumulation, transformation, and analysis of large datasets in both business and research environments. “It was a great chance to learn about Big Data,” said Jiyae Bong, graduate student in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies.


April 2, 2015

Congratulations to eight College of Education graduate students who have been recognized by the Graduate School for excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship.

2015 FSU Graduate Student Awards

Graduate Student Leadership Award

  • Meagan Arrastia, Educational Psychology & Learning Systems

Graduate Student Achievements

Preparing Future Faculty Fellows

  • Abdulrahman Olwi, School of Teacher Education
  • Marilyn Anglade, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

2014-2015 External Award Recipients

  • Tingxuan (Tina) Li, Educational Psychology & Learning Systems
    ETS/NAEP Predoctoral Fellow
  • Sherrina Lofton, Sport Management
    2014 FSU McKnight Doctoral Fellowship


April 1, 2015


Minho Joo & Jiyae Bong

Minho Joo and Jiyae Bong, graduate students in the Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies program, presented an exhibit at the 2015 FSU Digitech event. They created mobile app called, WESMARTER: Stay Connected for Group Work, for students to stay connected and communicate in group porjects. The faculty oversight on this project was Dr. Vanessa Dennen, Associate Professor of Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies. Read more about their app at or download at


April 1, 2015


John Melvin

John Melvin, graduate student in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies, showcased his project, Historic St. Michael’s Cemetery Guided Walking Tour with QR Code Implementation, at the 2015 FSU Digitech event. This project is a website designed to help facilitate the guided walking tour presented on the information boards at the cemetery’s entrances. The faculty oversight on this project was Dr. Vanessa Dennen, Associate Professor of Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies. Read more about this guided tour at or visit


March 31, 2015

Higher Education students in the College of Education participated in the 15th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Ben Cecil worked information for the Center for Global Engagement and Global Pathways Certificate table, Katy Tufts worked at the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society table, and Crista Coven helped plan the large event.


March 29, 2015

Two Higher Education graduate students, Kaitlyn Shepard and Josh Davis, won the award for “Best Overall” in their Graduate Case Study at the NODA’s  2015 Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW). In the Case Study Competition is a competition in which two undergraduate and/or graduate students from each institution are given the chance to test their problem-solving and communication skills through this competition.

Dean of Students Office staff.

Kaitlyn Shepard


Josh Davis


March 23, 2015

Students in the Sport Management Student Association visited several organizations in Orlando this past weekend, helping them to network with major organizations in the sport industry.



March 11, 2015


Danielle Morgan Acosta

Danielle Morgan Acosta, a doctoral student in Higher Education and Interim Director of the Student Government Association, received the Annuit Coeptis Award for Emerging Professionals at The ACPA 2015 Tampa Annual Convention. This award honors five emerging professionals at a dinner where there can be wide-ranging discussion and exchange about professional issues.


February 24, 2015


Katie Mosher

Katie Mosher, a senior in the Sport Management undergraduate program, was named a recipient of the ACC’s Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, a postgraduate scholarship awarded to students who plan to pursue a graduate degree.

Katie was acknowledged for her outstanding performance on the FSU Volleyball team as well as her work in the classroom. In addition to being a team captain for three years, she achieved the Golden Torch honor by turning in the team’s highest GPA for the 2013-14 school year.


February 23, 2015

Doctoral candidate Liz Delia accepted a tenure-track faculty position at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Delia will be an assistant professor of Sport Management in the Isenberg School of Management beginning Fall 2015.


February 16, 2015

As part of FSU Visiting Days, prospective students in the Higher Education program came to FSU’s campus. Visiting Days is run by the Higher Education Student Association (HESA) and is meant to be an introduction to the graduate program, an orientation to the University and its environment, and an opportunity for students admitted to the Higher Education program to interview with assistantship employers from Florida State University and our external agency partners. The schedule for this year was as follows:

Doctoral Visiting Days: February 12-14, 2015
Master’s Visiting Days: February 15-17, 2015

The program is run by current Higher Education students who volunteer as hosts for the Visiting Days program. Hosts are folks gracious enough to open their schedules to give prospective students an insider’s view of FSU and the Higher Education program. The hosts snapped some great photos from the this year’s program!

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January 12, 2015


Sport Management students

Nine undergraduate and nine graduate students in the Sport Management program will attend the National Championship football game in Dallas. In addition to touring TCU, the students will work the pre-game show, half time show, and trophy presentation at the event.

“This is an opportunity for our students to gain valuable, hands-on experience at a major sporting event,” said Dr. Jason Pappas, assistant instructor and Director of undergraduate practicum in the Department of Sport Management. “The students have been able to communicate and make connections with professionals in the sporting industry, including event coordinators at AT&T Stadium and the administrative staff at Texas Christian University. These experiences will allow our students to follow their passion of finding a job within the sporting industry.”

This will be the first College Football Playoff National Championship and an educational experience in which these students are fortunate to participate. “By being a part of the first College Football Playoff National Championship game, they have the chance to see what it takes to make an event of this magnitude happen,” said Dr. Pappas.


January 9, 2015

Three doctoral students in the Counseling Psychology and School Psychology Combined PhD program co-wrote a paper titled, “Technology-savvy Career Counseling,” with Deb Osborn, associate professor of Psychological and Counseling Services. The doctoral students were Anastasia Cantonis, Tyler Finklea, and Julia Kronholz.


December 21, 2014

Brandy Gatlin, a doctoral student in the Special Education program, was invited to the seventh cohort of the Division for Research Doctoral Student Scholars (DRDSS). She was one of 11 doctoral students selected out of 28 highly competitive nominations.

The inquiry question for the program is “What makes for excellence in special education research?” This year’s Doctoral Scholars will have the opportunity to engage in conversations about the challenges faced by new scholars in cultivating and sustaining a research agenda considered to be of excellent quality by their colleagues.

The series of seminars will begin in late January with Dr. Karen Harris, of Arizona State University, a past-president of CEC-DR. Subsequent seminars will be led by Dr. Terry Scott, a previous DR Distinguished Early Career Award recipient, and Dr. Deborah Speece, former Commissioner of the National Center for Special Education Research.


December 16, 2014


Sara Garfinkel

Sara Garfinkel, an undergraduate in the Elementary Education program, danced in The Tallahassee Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker last weekend at Ruby Diamond Auditorium. In addition to being an A student, Garfinkel is a featured soloist with The Tallahassee Ballet.


November 24, 2014

A select few undergraduates in the English Education program attended the 2014 National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention where they met the author of one of their textbooks, Jim Burke. The 2014 NCTE Convention was held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington DC. Sessions “explored the many dimensions of story as the landscape of knowing–story as literary and informational text, story as cross-disciplinary collaborations, story as multiple literacies and genres, story as memory and identity, story as teacher knowledge and research, story as community and culture, story as marginalization, and story as resistance. ”

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November 14, 2014


Gerald Johnson II

Last Friday, Gerald Johnson II was crowned the 2014 Homecoming Chief. Johnson is a Social Science Education major and currently serves as the Student Body Vice President.

Upon enrolling at Florida State University in the fall of 2011, Johnson quickly became involved in campus organizations. By his sophomore year, he had become the Chairman of the SGA Campus Recreation Board, a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, and Vice President of Seminole Student Boosters. This past year, Johnson was recognized as the 2013 Most Outstanding Student by the Black Alumni Association, which is awarded to a student who has demonstrates the utmost in leadership and advancement of student causes through their various community and campus involvements.

As a Fall 2013 initiate into the Iota Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Johnson believes in servant leadership and community involvement. Through his new role, he plans on furthering student engagement on campus and fostering a better connection between SGA and the student body.



October 28, 2014


Amber Wiest

A manuscript written by FSU Sport Management doctoral student and College of Education McDonald Fellow, Amber Wiest, was accepted for publication in Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies. The manuscript, “Training the Body for Healthism: Reifying Vitality in and through the Clinical Gaze of the Neoliberal Fitness Club,” is co-authored with FSU Professor Michael Giardina and University of Maryland Professor David Andrews. The article will appear in volume 37, issue 5.


October 15, 2014

Karissa Pendleton and Kali Mutty, undergraduates in Sport Management, were selected to participate in Florida State University’s Women’s Leadership Institute. The Women’s Leadership Institute focuses on the development and enhancement of leadership skills among undergraduate women, and will be held October 24-25 at FSU.


October 4, 2014

Our Higher Education program had an exceptional day representing Florida State University at the 2014 NASPA-FL Awards! Graduate students Aura Altimiranda, Matt Jones, and Samantha Yorke won 2nd place in the Case Study Competition.



September 19, 2014

Brenda Wawire, a doctoral student in the Foreign and Second Language Education program, received the International Peace Scholarship. Established by P.E.O. in 1949, the fund provides scholarships to women from other countries who are pursuing graduate studies in the United States and Canada.

“I am very honored to be a recipient of the International Peace Scholarship,” said Wawire. “Through this opportunity I will be able to attain my educational goals, which will contribute immensely toward achieving my career goals.”

Wawire is an international student from Matunda, Kenya. She hopes to complete her coursework soon so she can start work on her dissertation research.


August 29, 2014

FSU Sport Management doctoral student, Haozhou Pu, was an invited participant in the 2014 U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium, sponsored by the National Committee on United States-China Relations, held in May at George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs in Washington, D. C. As one of only 150 select invitees, he visited with American government agencies, think tanks, media institutions, and non-profit organizations to discuss foreign affairs. He also attended lectures on U.S. foreign policy and its relationship to China, including the keynote address by Stephen Orlins. Previous keynote speakers at this event have included Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, and former Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott.

For more information on the event, visit


Summer 2014

Graduate students in the Higher Education program spent their summer interning around the country and the world.

Will Coleman, Office of Orientation at Temple University through the NODA Internship Program

Emily Eisenstadt, Student Activities & the Union at The College at Brockport, SUNY

Brian McDermott, NODA Intern at the University of Northern Colorado in New Student Orientation

Crista Coven, NODA Summer Orientation Internship with University at Albany

Elaine Giles, Co-Site Lead at Break Away’s Alternative Break Citizenship School Conference

Sarah Heintzman, NODA Intern at Southern Methodist University with the Office of New Student Orientation and Student Support

Mallory Garcia, NODA Intern at George Mason University

Sydney Torres, intern in the Women’s Leadership Office at Mount St. Mary’s College

Matt Tripsas, ACUHO-I Intern in Residence Life at the University of Essex in England.


Ben Cecil, Advisor with the US-UK Fulbright Commission


CONGRATULATIONS to the doctoral students in the Combined Program in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology who received their psychology internship match results this morning.  Big thank you to Dr. Steven Pfeiffer for helping them through this long and complex process.
Lori Best

Texas A & M University

College Station, TX

Psychology Internship

Laura Cruz

U of Miami/Jackson Mem Med CTR

Miami, FL

Casey Dozier

University of Akron

Akron, OH

Amanda Freeman

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Jake Galles

Vanderbilt U/VA Med Int Consort

Nashville, TN

Katherine Herman

University of Florida Health Sci Cntr

Gainesville, FL

Suzie Musch

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Van Walker

Wilford Hall Med/Lackland AFB

San Antonio, TX


Congratulations, Ekaterina Rybakova!

Ekaterina “Katie” Rybakova

 Ekaterina “Katie” Rybakova won the 2012 Weaver-James-Corrigan Award. The award is honored to a student for being an exceptional scholar/athlete. Congratulations Katie!


Way to Go, Sharon Jun!

Sharon Jun

Instructional Systems student, Sharon Jun, was featured in an article published by the College of William and Mary.  To read the article, click here.


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