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Office of Educational Research
College of Education
February 2006


Office of Educational Research Bulletin (ORB)

News and Notes


OER Objectives Summary of Progress:

Last year our office held two
sessions with COE faculty to explore ways
to enhance the research culture of the
college. Great ideas were advanced and
discussed during these well attended and
productive meetings. At the end of our last
session held on November 4, 2005, a list of
inbox items and responsible parties was
generated outlining initiatives we will tackle
in 2006 and beyond. Taking into
consideration responsible parties for each
item, the Research Initiatives Task Force
(RITF) helped us to prioritize the list and
the following areas were targeted for initial
follow-up: (1) developing a faculty
mentoring policy, (2) exploring the
establishment of a faculty meeting space to
enhance cross-departmental research
discourse and collaboration, (3) providing
methodology support for faculty research
projects, and (4) re-evaluating faculty load.
We are excited to report that many of these
action items are already in progress.
Faculty Mentoring Policy: The RITF
met on January 26 and decided to develop
a mentoring policy draft to be presented at
the Department Chairs meeting this month.
Addressing the mentoring needs of doctoral
students will also be a priority in our next
meetings.
Faculty Meeting Space: Faculty
expressed the desire to secure a common
area in the COE for informal gathering to
promote exchange of ideas. The Dean's
office is currently seeking additional space
to assist with this goal. Additionally, a group
of faculty representatives from the RITF will
be touring Norman Hall this semester to


begin outlining potential space to be used
for this purpose.
Faculty Methodology Support: The
Dean is aware of the need for methodology
support and the issue is on the table at
Deans' meetings. Other stakeholders have
expressed support for this idea. Paul
Sindelar and Tina Smith-Bonahue are in the
process of discussing ideas and options to
address this issue.
Faculty Load: On this issue, we have
deferred to the work of the FPC's Faculty
and Budgetary Affairs Committee, which
has studied load policy this year and is
preparing guidelines. However, we have
scheduled a brown bag session at which Dr.
Luis Ponjuan will present an analysis of
faculty load drawn from his studies of the
National Study of Postsecondary Faculty
data base.
OER Website Faculty Research
Profiles and Searchable Database: The OER
is gathering updated curriculum vitae and
research interests and expertise information
from faculty, including identifying
methodology research experts in the
college. This information is being uploaded
into our web page and a searchable
database is in the works.
Faculty Professional Development:
This area includes scheduling of brown-bags
and faculty training. We will begin with an
assessment of faculty professional
development needs. The OER has created a
survey to be launched this month. Your
cooperation with this initiative is crucial to
our planning of training sessions. We will
schedule these as soon as data are
compiled.


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Brown-bag Series: Our first brown-
bag meeting will take place on Monday,
February 6 from 12:00-1:00pm. Dr David
Figlio, Knight-Ridder Professor of Economics
and Research Associate at the National
Bureau of Economic Research will be
presenting results of a COE commissioned
study entitled: The Relative Performance of
University of Florida College of Education
Graduates: An InitialAnalysis. Future brown
bags will include presentations by the B.O.
Smith Professors, Dr Luis Ponjuan
(Educational Administration and Policy), Dr
Harry Daniels (Counselor Education) and Dr
Grant Thrall (Geography), among others.
These faculty members will be presenting
their experiences with interesting and
cutting-edge research methods.
Visiting Speakers/Lecture Series: We
had our first successful Fien Lecture Series
guest when Dr. Robert Jimenez visited the
COE on January 25-26. He presented his
latest research findings on Mexican literacy
practices in a lecture entitled: "Literacies
Within and Without Mexico." The lecture
was well attended and received by faculty
and students alike. Future guests will
include Gloria Ladson-Billings (February 17)
and Luis Moll (March 6).
Other opportunities include the
Centennial Speakers: the Dean has provided
funds to each COE department to bring a
designated speaker to the college, as part
of the Centennial Celebration, and to the
Peterson Fund Speaker Series on Death
Education, now in the planning stages and
slated to begin fall semester of 2006.
As you can see, there is much happening at
the college and the OER. We hope you will
stay tuned to upcoming events. We
encourage you to take advantage of these


opportunities and look forward to ongoing
events as we celebrate the COE's
centennial!

January Awards and Submissions

Congratulations are in order: to
Rick Ferdig (STL) for the US Department
of Education/Iowa State University teacher
education grant he recently had funded, to
Wanda Lastrapes (UF Alliance), for her
Bellsouth Foundation urban teacher
induction and retention grant, and to
Elizabeth Yeager (STL) for her US Dept.
of Education/Center for Civic Education
summer institute and Florida Network for
Global Studies Title VI National Resource
Center Proposal grants. Kudos also go to
Mickie Miller (Alliance, FLDE) who
submitted and received funding for her
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Youth
Leadership/Tutoring Awareness project
from the Minnesota Campus Compact.
Finally, best wishes to Rick Ferdig for his
Bellsouth submission for Establishing a
Framework to Strengthen Virtual High
Schools: A Collaborative Initiative to
Improve Student Performance and Quality
ofInstruction. For more details about these
awards and submissions, check out the
tables on the next page.


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College of Education Funded Projects January2006
Principal Investigator: R.E. Ferdig
Funding Agency: US Dept. of Education/Iowa State University
Proposal Title: Teacher Education Goes into Virtual Schooling
Project Period: 10/01/04 09/30/06
Annual Award Amount: $14,000.00


Principal Investigator: W.G. Lastrapes
Funding Agency: BellSouth Foundation
Proposal Title: Urban Teacher Induction and Retention: Developing Professional Learning
Communities
Project Period: 07/01/04 06/30/06
Annual Award Amount: $30,000.00


Principal Investigator: R.D. Miller
Funding Agency: Corp National and Community Service/Minnesota Campus Compact
Proposal Title: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Youth Leadership/Tutoring Awareness
Project Period: 12/01/05 05/31/06
Annual Award Amount: $3,000.00


Principal Investigator: E.A. Yeager
Funding Agency: US Dept. of Education/Center for Civic Education
Proposal Title: Critical Analysis of Constitutional Issues with Implications for Social
studies Methods Courses: A Summer Institute
Project Period: 03/15/06 09/30/06
Annual Award Amount: $66,630.00


Principal Investigator: E.A. Yeager
Funding Agency: US Dept. of Education
Proposal Title: Florida Network for Global Studies Title VI National Resource Center
Proposal
Project Period: 01/12/06 08/14/06
Annual Award Amount: $1,000.00

College of Education Submitted Proposals January 2006
Principal Investigator: R.D. Miller
Funding Agency: Corp National and Community Service/Minnesota Campus Compact
Proposal Title: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Youth Leadership/Tutoring Awareness
Requested Amount: $3,000.00


Principal Investigator: R.E. Ferdig
Funding Agency: BellSouth Foundation
Proposal Title: Establishing a Framework to Strengthen Virtual High Schools: A
Collaborative Initiative to Improve Student Performance and Quality of Instruction
Requested Amount: $577,870.00


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