APRIL 15, 2008 VOL. 3, ISSUE 7
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IN THIS ISSUE
News and Notices
Student Awards and Honors
In the News
Research funding. Research funding. Research funding.
Our peers rate UF's College of Education higher than any other education college in the
state -- yet we dropped in the U.S. News and World Report rankings this year. A look at
the rankings data will tell you why: research funding. While UF excels at doing a lot with
a little, says Dean Catherine Emihovich, our relative lack of research dollars is beginning
to have a bite. In her April message, Dean Emihovich explains how we will find the
funds to match our talents. (more)
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UF alumnus/Florida Commissioner of Education to speak at
Spring 2008 commencement
Eric J. Smith, the COE graduate who reformed district-level
school systems in North Carolina and Maryland before becoming
Florida's Commissioner of Education, will be the featured
speaker at the college's Spring 2008 Commencement for
bachelor's degree recipients May 3 at the Philips Center for the
Performing Arts. For more information on the ceremony, go
Clark named 2008 Graduate Teacher of the Year
Her students describe her as genuine, candid and caring. Her research gets to the heart of
one of most perplexing mysteries in education today gender differences in learning.
Small wonder that Mary Ann Clark, an associate professor in Counselor Education and
B. O. Smith Research Professor, has been selected as the University of Florida College of
Education Graduate Teacher of the Year for 2008. (more)
Ferdig named UF Research Foundation Professor
Associate Professor Rick Ferdig, an expert on virtual schooling and one of the leaders in
the new movement to harness the power of video games in the classroom, has been
awarded a University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship. (more)
K-12 teachers, administrators to share research in Inquiry Showcase
How do you get students to care about the course content and not just the grade? Will
pre-writing strategies help first-graders with
writing anxiety? How do you keep your high-
performing students on task in classroom
discussions about literature? Teachers from K-
12 schools across North Central Florida have I
done research on these and dozens of other real-
world dilemmas of the classroom. On April 18-
19, those teachers (some 400 of them) will
converge on Gainesville to present their results
to each other at the annual Teaching Inquiry and
Innovation Showcase, co-hosted by UF's Center
for School Improvement and P.K. Yonge
Developmental Research School. For more
information about the showcase, go here.
"Go-to" coworkers win COE Staff Member of the Year Awards
COE faculty and staff members in Norman Hall have long known Libbie Richardson and
Ric T'Felt as their "go to" people for some of the thorniest problems in college
administration. Now COE staff have made their appreciation official by selecting both
Richardson and T'Felt for this year's Staff Member of the Year Awards. (more)
Banquet to honor educators for public-minded scholarship
Some of North Central Florida's most committed teachers, school administrators and
education professors will be honored for their impact on the community in the College of
Education's Scholarship of Engagement banquet April 17 at the UF Hilton Conference
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NEWS AND NOTICES
Students, faculty offer 27 examples of "What's Good in Education" in contest
Last month, coE-News asked you to look beyond the bad news budget cuts,
bureaucracy and all and write on the topic "What's Good in Education?" The results
were fantastic: 27 tightly-written, well-reasoned essays from students and faculty who
have seen our schools up close and have come away with hope for the future. Responses
ranged from the deeply philosophical to the minutely detailed, from news-you-can-use to
heartbreaking classroom narratives. Choosing a contest winner was difficult, and the
overall submissions were so strong, we decided to post all of them on the Web-
including the winning entry. Click here to see who won the $500 first-place prize, read all
the entries, and make your own judgment.
SAGE symposium to showcase graduate student research
Faculty, staff and students have until April 25 to register for the SAGE Symposium, the
annual summer event in which the college's graduate students present their research.
Sponsored by the Student Alliance of Graduates in Education, the event will be held June
6 in the Norman Terrace Room. Admission to the event is free and lunch will be served.
To register, send an e-mail to SAGE(@gcoe.ufl.edu with "Symposium Registration" in the
Students use graffiti in fight against
Long before there was a blogosphere, there &
was the wall. High-traffic areas such as the
34th Street wall and the 13th Street tunnel have .
long been Gainesville's de-facto free
expression zones, where anyone could paint a
message that everyone can see. In early April,
students in Counselor Education Professor .
William Conwill's undergraduate course on
domestic violence took their message to the
13th Street pedestrian underpass, covering a large swath of the passageway with anti-
violence slogans of their own creation.
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Ferdig to edit new journal on video games and learning
Associate Professor Rick Ferdig (STL) has been invited to become the first editor of The
International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations a new journal
that will be among the few peer-reviewed publications in the growing field of video game
COE researchers win Biggs-Pine Award for religiosity study
Does your religion, and the amount of effort you devote to it, have any effect on your
eventual educational outcome? Assistant Scholar Ana Puig and Associate Professor Mary
Ann Clark recently won the Biggs-Pine Writing Excellence Award for a study that
explores that question. Titled "The role of religiosity in postsecondary degree
attainment," the paper summarized the complicated results of a look at data on thousands
of individuals, their religious beliefs, and their likelihood of finishing a bachelor's
degree. The paper appeared in the October 2007 issue of Counseling and Values, the
journal of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling
(ASERVC), which sponsors the Biggs-Pine Award. Puig accepted the honor on behalf of
herself, Clark and co-author and UF alumnus Sang Min Lee of Korea University March
28 at the annual conference of the American Counseling Association.
Snyder appointed to federal review panel for early childhood research
Patricia Snyder, the David Lawrence Jr. Chair in Early Childhood Studies, has been
appointed to the Early Childhood Education Scientific Review Panel at the U.S.
Department of Education's primary research arm, the Institute of Education Sciences (or
IES). During her three-year appointment, Snyder who is known nationally for her own
research in early childhood issues will collaborate with colleagues on peer review of
research funded by IES.
Dixon named 'Young Emerging Leader' in cross-cultural counseling
Associate Professor Andrea Dixon received the 2008 Young Emerging Leader Award
from the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) at the
annual conference of the American Counseling Association in Honolulu in March. In
addition to her research into the role of "mattering" as a counseling tool, Dixon conducts
research on gender and ethnic minority identity development, cross-cultural competence,
and multicultural counseling.
Mendoza to co-chair 2009 AERA section on faculty, teaching and learning
Assistant Professor Pilar Mendoza (STL) one of the dozens of UF faculty members
who presented at the American Educational Research Association's annual conference in
New York City in March has been asked to co-chair AERA's Division J (higher
education), Section 3 (faculty, teaching and learning) at the organization's 2009 meeting
in San Diego. The position means Mendoza will oversee the review process of the
proposals submitted to Section 3 and provide programmatic recommendations to the
Division J Chair about the proposals selected to be part of the 2009 AERA Conference
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STUDENT AWARDS AND HONORS
Mathematics educator receives UF Graduate Student Teaching Award
Doctoral student Emily Peterek, who teaches a mathematics education course in the
Unified Elementary ProTeach Program, has been selected for a university-wide Graduate
Student Teaching Award. According to professors in the School of Teaching and
Learning, Peterek does an excellent job of modeling the best methods for teaching
mathematics to young students, promoting critical thinking about mathematics, and
reflecting on her own teaching. "The excellence of Ms. Peterek's teaching is clearly
evident in her dedication to preparation, implementation and analysis of her teaching,"
said Professor Tom Dana, director of the School of Teaching and Learning.
Homeless work earns counselor education student a Multicultural Counseling
Doctoral student Michael Brubaker
assembled a group of his fellow
counselor education students for a three-
hour counseling session with residents
of a Gainesville homeless shelter and
found that the counselors were much
more open to working with homeless
people because of the interaction. This
pilot study helped Brubaker earn the
first Dr. Daya and Mrs. Usha Sandhu
Multicultural Counseling and Diversity
Student Research Award. (Pictured here
are, from left, Assistant Professor
Cirecie West-Olatunji, Brubaker, Usha
Sandhu and Daya Sandhu.) (more)
UF honors Yacco with Multicultural Student Award
COE doctoral student Summer Yacco has been selected for a Multicultural Student
Award, presented annually to a small number of UF students across campus. While
pursuing her doctorate in counselor education (on the school counseling track), Yacco
has helped UF students learn to manage their own inner pressures as a teacher of the
undergraduate elective course Stress and Anxiety Management. A graduate assistant in
various graduate-level courses, Yacco has also supervised master's students in clinical
experiences, and has presented her work at conferences. This fall, she hopes to intern
with the counseling coordinator for Alachua County Schools.
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COE professors write book on 'top 10' of professional
Professor Nancy Dana and Associate Professor Diane
Yendol-Hoppey are known across Florida for their efforts to
turn K-12 schools into communities of inquirers, where -
teachers improve their own practice by researching
classroom problems and teaching strategies. Now the two
COE professors are sharing their strategies for developing Professional
inquiry-based professional development communities in a Development
new book from Corwin Press and the National Staff
Development Council. (more)
Alliance presents best practices at Toronto conference
The UF Alliance program was selected to participate in the Best Practices Gallery at the
Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation's "Neither a Moment nor a Mind to Waste"
conference. The conference, held April 6-10 in Toronto, focused on strategies for
broadening access to higher education for underrepresented students. For more
information go to: www.neitheramoment.com/eng rfp.html.
COE professor's textbook goes into fourth edition
It's difficult to keep a textbook up-to-date when the topic is education finance. As
portions of the economy go through boom and bust cycles, schools can go from not-
quite-feast to famine in a single year. COE Professor R. Craig Wood is doing his part to
keep up: he recently completed the fourth edition of his textbook Money and Schools.
Wood, co-director of the UF' Center for Education Finance and director of the national
American Education Finance Association, has worked with several states as a consultant
on their education finance systems, and his textbook has been adopted by colleges across
Behar-Horenstein, L. S. (March, 2008). The critical thinking skills toolkit. Presented to
the Change and Curriculum Innovation Group of the American Dental Educational
Behar-Horenstein, L. S. and Mitchell, G. S. (March, 2008). Faculty experiences in a
professional development seminar. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American
Dental Education Association, Dallas.
Garrett, M. T. and Torres Rivera, E. (2008, February). Opening session: Bringing the
natural elements of relation to life in group work: A Native American Perspective.
Invited presentation at the annual conference of the Association for Specialists in Group
Work, St. Pete Beach, FL.
Goodman, R. D., West-Olatunji, C. A. and Mehta, S. (2008, March). "Advocacy and
outreach in Southern Africa: Using critical consciousness to engage in social justice,"
Poster session presented at the International Counseling Psychology Conference,
Herrera, Susan W. and Hagedorn, L.S. (March 26, 2008). Presented at AERA conference
in New York, Assessing Global Competence and Global Consciousness: Measuring the
Impact of Internationalizing the Curriculum.
Mendoza, P. (2008). How Doctoral Socialization Shapes the Academic Culture.
Symposium: Expanding models of doctoral student socialization. The 2008 American
Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York City
Mendoza, P., Kuntz, A. and Berger, J.B. (2008). The effects of market forces on faculty
work in science and engineering. The 2008 American Educational Research Association
Annual Meeting, New York City (research paper)
Mendoza, P., Mendez, J.P. and Malcom, Z. (2008). Financial accessibility in community
colleges: Assessing the impact of Oklahoma's Promise program vs. the Federal Pell grant
and Stafford Loans. The 2008 American Educational Research Association Annual
Meeting, New York City.
Molina, B., Garrett, M. T., Schmidt, B., Madwid, R. (2008, February). Closing session:
Honoring the circle of life, love, and harmony. Invited presentation at the annual
conference of the Association for Specialists in Group Work, St. Pete Beach, FL.
Oliver, B., Archer-Banks, D., Melendez, D., Maxis, S., Primack, M., and Basallo, J.
(April 2008). Enhancing College Access for Poor Minority Students: A Perspective from
a Leading American Research University. Toronto, Canada.
Oliver, B., Archer-Banks, D., Melendez, D., Maxis, S., Primack, M. and Basallo, J.
(April 2008). Enhancing College Access for Poor Minority Students: A Perspective from
a Leading American Research University. Toronto, Canada. Neither a moment nor a
mind to waste: Strategies for broadening Access to Post-secondary Education
Peabody, D. and Behar-Horenstein, L. S. (March, 2008). Beliefs and instructional
practices among secondary teachers within selected high- and low-performing high
schools. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research
Thomas, V. and Garrett, M. T. (2008, February). Best practices guidelines: Examining
the role of diversity in group work. Panel presentation at the annual conference of the
Association for Specialists in Group Work, St. Pete Beach, FL.
West-Olatunji, C. A., Roysircar-Sodowsky, G., Goodman, R. D., West, C. A. C. and
Brooks, M. (2008, March). "Culture centered disaster outreach: Working with AIDS
survivors in southern Africa," Paper presented at the American Counseling Association
Annual Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Behar-Horenstein, L. S., and Amatea, E. S. (2007). Organizational paradigms, school
leadership and change: Contributions from Constantine's theory. Educational and
Society, 25, 27-49.
Behar-Horenstein, L. S.(2008). A Critical Thinking Skills Toolkit. An interactive
website created for the American Dental Educational Association. 81 pages plus 4
Garrett, M. T. (2008). Culturally-alert counseling with Native Americans. In G.
McAuliffe (Ed.), Culturally-alert counseling: A comprehensive introduction (pp. 220-
254). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Garrett, M. T. (2007). Nuwati: Native American medicine, healing and the sacred way
of being. In A. Eisen and G. Laderman (Eds.), Science, religion, and society: History,
culture, and controversy (pp. 654-664). Armonk, NY: Sharpe.
Goodman, R. D. and West-Olatunji, C. A. (2008). Transgenerational trauma and
resilience: Improving mental health counseling for survivors on Hurricane Katrina.
Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 30, 121-136.
Lee, S., Puig, A. and Clark, M.A. (2007). The role of religiosity on postsecondary degree
attainment. Counseling and Values 52 (1), pp. 25-39.
Rameau, P., Louime, C. and Behar-Horenstein, L. (2007). A plan for the creation of a
community college system in developing countries: Case study Haiti. European Journal
of Social Sciences, 5, 104-120.
Tasso, K. and Behar-Horenstein, L.S. (2008). Attributes of patient-physician interactions
in a teaching hospital. Hospital Topics, 86, 21-28.
West-Olatunji, C. (2008). Equal Access, Unequal resources: Appreciating cultural, social
and economic diversity in families. In E. Amatea (Ed.). Building culturally responsive
family-school partnerships: From theory to practice (pp. 144-168). Thousand Oaks, CA:
Allyn and Bacon.
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IN THE NEWS
A recent sampling of "media hits" from the College of Education:
The Gainesville Sun Dean Catherine Emihovich (03/29/08) Dean Emihovich was
quoted in a story on this year's U.S. News and World Report rankings of graduate
schools. She noted that the COE's drop in rankings was probably caused by a change in
how the college formulates its research expenditures and the retirement of several senior
faculty members that has resulted in the loss of significant research funding. The
Independent Florida Alligator also covered the story.
Inside Higher Education -UF College of Education (04/07/08) Sherman Dorn, an
education professor at the University of South Florida, mentioned UF's drop in the U.S.
News rankings in an editorial. Dorn suggested that the rankings would be more accurate
if U.S. News looked at the quality of dissertations coming out of each college. You can
read the piece here.
Inside Higher Education Doctoral candidate Chris Mullin, Educational
Administration and Policy (04/08/08) Reporting from the convention of the American
Association of Community Colleges in Philadelphia, the online education magazine
covered Mullin's recent presentation on rising tuition in community colleges and
community college administrators' response to it. You can read the story here.
The Independent Florida Alligator Professor and Director Tom Dana, School of
Teaching and Learning (03/18/08) Dana was quoted in a story on Florida PROMISE,
the new $5.9 million mathematics and science education initiative launched jointly at UF,
the University of South Florida and the University of Miami.
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Peterson Death Education Series
Living and Loving Fully in the Face of Death and Loss: Facilitating Relational Resilience
8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., UF Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, Century A
Scholarship of Engagement Banquet
6:30 p.m., UF Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, Ballroom
Contact: imount(firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 392-0728, ext: 250
COE Distance Education Showcase
1-3 p.m., Norman Terrace Room
Fourth Annual Teaching, Inquiry, and Innovation Showcase
Savannah Grande (Evening of April 18)
P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School (Morning of April 19)
Contact: Nancy Dana at ndanal@(coe.ufl.edu or (352) 392-0728, ext. 299
Elluminate Advanced Techniques
12:15 p.m. 1:30 p.m., room G518
SAS Programming Course
9 a.m. 4 p.m.
See http://conferences.dce.ufl.edu/oer/ for more information
Contact: Cynthia Wilson Garvan, email@example.com
Podcasting in Higher Education: Current Trends and Applications
12:15- 1:30 p.m., room G518
UF Advanced Degree Commencement
9 a.m., Stephen C. O'Connell Center
Distinguished Educators Luncheon
Noon, Reitz Union, room 283
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 392-0728, ext: 250
COE Baccalaureate Commencement
6 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts
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