Sept 15, 2008 Vol. 4, No. 1
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In the News
Did you know...?
...The College recently enrolled its
first class of 33 students in
Cuts and Restructuring or, I Know What You Did Last Summer
This summer of budget cuts and departmental restructuring was a difficult season for the
College of Education, but Dean Catherine Emihovich sees a new story emerging one of
determination and triumph amid adversity. (more)
Brownell, Ross named Fien Professors
Professors Mary Brownell and Dorene Ross are the latest recipients of COE's prestigious Fien Professorship.
Kranzler named acting head of COE research program
Educational Psychology professor John Kranzler, a veteran of COE administration, is the new Acting Associate
Dean of Research and Faculty Development. (more)
U Professor, husband, invest in the future of COE faculty
As UF struggled with statewide budget shortfalls this summer, Professor Dorene Ross and her
husband Jack established a travel fund to help junior faculty members present their research.
UFTeach, the new teacher
education program that recruits
science and technology majors at
all levels of college and prepares
them for careers in the
understaffed teaching disciplines
of science and mathematics.
...This summer, the College
graduated its first class of Master's
and Education Specialist (Ed.S.)
degree students from Teacher
Leadership for School
Improvement (TLSI), a
job-embedded distance education
program that allows teachers in
high-poverty schools in South
Florida to hone their classroom
and leadership skills with the help
of UF education professors,
hundreds of miles away.
Fall Faculty Meeting
2-4 p.m., room 250
Contact: Jodi Mount,
(352) 392-0728 ext. 250
Ice Cream Social for COE
2:45 p.m. 4 p.m.,
Contact: Jodi Mount,
(352) 392-0728, ext. 250
Faculty Research and Engaged
Paramount Plaza Hotel
RSVP to: email@example.com
Symposium with Peg Tyre,
author of The Trouble with Boys
Norman Terrace Room
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News and Notices
Author to discuss "The Trouble with Boys"
It's one of the hottest topics in education today. Are boys, as a group, really falling behind in
school? Are educators unintentionally doing something to cause the lag or is the problem in
the culture outside the classroom? Newsweek writer Peg Tyre shook up popular thinking on
the subject with her cover story, "The Boy Crisis." Now she has penned a book, The Trouble
with Boys, which further explores the topic. Tyre will visit UF Oct. 28 to discuss her book, in a
free symposium from 4:30 -6 p.m. in the Norman Terrace Room. Seating is limited, so please
RSVP to Rosie Warner at email@example.com by Oct. 17. For more information, click here.
Leave your legacy with a commemorative brick
There's a new way you can ensure your place in the history-and the future-of the College
of Education. Now you can celebrate cherished UF memories, honor a colleague or favorite
professor, or commemorate a birthday, retirement or graduation with a personalized brick
paver at the COE's Norman Hall Plaza (by the west archway entrance facing SW 13th
Street). Space is limited, so act now! Check out the details for the new brick campaign on the
COE Development Office's Web site by clicking here.
See COE's engaged scholarship at first Faculty Research Showcase
Fourteen College of Education professors and their co-investigators will present some of the groundbreaking
work they're doing to transform education in the college's first-ever Faculty Research and Engaged
Scholarship Showcase, to be held Homecoming weekend, Oct. 23, at the Paramount Plaza Hotel. If you want
to attend, reply by Oct. 6, to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, go to http://www.education.ufl.edu
CROP brings new meaning to "teaching to the test"
In this age of school accountability, educators often complain that they are being pushed to "teach to the test."
After all, how are kids going to become true lifelong learners if their academic aspirations begin and end with
passing the FCAT? The College Reach-Out Program, a state program based at UF's College of Education, is
working to correct that. In June, CROP held a summer camp that teaches all three FCAT subjects through the
lens of future careers. (more)
Study links religious devotion to academic outcomes
Students who identify themselves as "very religious" often have better educational outcomes than their less
religious counterparts, according to a study by COE Research Director Ana Puig and Associate Professor
Mary Ann Clark. (more)
'Social bullying' linked to adult depression
Sticks and stones may break bones, but names can also hurt. A study by COE doctoral
student Allison Dempsey found that young victims of "relational aggression" -the form
of bullying that involves name-calling and social shunning can experience depression
and anxiety that follows them well into adulthood. (more)
Future doctors share too much on Facebook, COE researchers say
Warnings about the dangers of Facebook have become just another part of the curriculum for pre-service
teachers. But according to a study by COE researchers, students in another discipline medicine still have a
lot to learn about what they should and shouldn't post online. (more)
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Daniels gets Alumnus of Year nod
Professor Harry Daniels has been selected as Alumnus of the Year by the counselor education department at
the University of Iowa. A 1978 graduate of UI, Daniels has been with UF's top-ranked counselor education
program since 1996 and is a past chair of the Counselor Education Department. He has already been featured
in a profile in Ul's alumni magazine.
SBlack Student Assembly honors Conwill
UF's Black Student Assembly presented Assistant Professor William Conwill with its
2008 Scholarship Award in August, recognizing his long history of work on the
intersection of race, gender and class in mental health counseling.
Dixon gets grant for study on "mattering" and high-achieving young African-
Counselor Education Assistant Professor Andrea Dixon and COE alumnus Catherine Tucker (now a faculty
member at Indiana State University) are sharing a $1,000 grant from the North Central Association for
Counselor Educators and Supervisors for research they are conducting in Indianapolis, Ind. schools. The study
is looking at the motivations of high-achieving male African-American students, with an eye toward the role of
"mattering" a student's overall sense of being important to the community in their academic success.
Fu given honorary doctorate at DePaul
Professor Danling Fu traveled to Chicago in June to receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree
from DePaul University. In announcing the honorary doctorate, DePaul cited Fu for pioneeringn)
comprehensive approaches to writing development and literacy for English language learners."
Doctoral student selected for training on kindergarten database
Rachael Goodman, a doctoral student in counselor education, was one of 16 graduate students from across
the nation selected by the National Center for Educational Statistics for training on the use of the Early
Childhood Longitudinal Study database for the kindergarten class of 1998-99. Goodman will use the database
in support of her research into academic underachievement among primary school students.
Major fellowship award for COE doctoral candidate
Jennifer Drake Patrick, a doctoral candidate in reading education, will receive a $25,000 stipend as part of an
Adolescent Literacy Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Academy of Education. Patrick will use the funds
to support work on her research project, titled "Secondary Science Teachers Learning to Teach Science as
Presentations & Publications
SState Department asks Ryndak to speak on special education issues in Ukraine
Special Education Associate Professor Diane Ryndak spent late May at Crimea State
University, speaking to Ukrainian school and government officials about methods and
legislation to help better integrate people with disabilities into society in the Ukraine. She
traveled to the former Soviet republic at the request of the U. S. State Department's Office of
International Information Programs, which hopes to share U.S. professors' expertise on
education issues with the Ukrainian government as that nation reforms its school system.
Brownell to speak at Global Summit in D.C.
Special Education Professor Mary Brownell will be one of the featured speakers at the U.S. Department of
Education's 2008 Global Summit on Education, to be held Sept. 19-20 in Washington, D.C. The theme of this
year's summit is "inclusive practices for students with disabilities," and Brownell will speak in a panel
discussion on teacher preparation in special education. Some 35 ministers of education worldwide are
expected to attend the event. Brownell, co-holder of the college's Irving and Rose Fien Professorship in
Education, was personally invited to speak at the summit by John Hager, the U.S. assistant secretary for
special education and rehabilitative services.
Groundbreaking educational gaming handbook hits the press
S Associate Professor Rick Ferdig is celebrating the August publication of the Handbook of
c Research on Effective Electronic Gaming in Education, a three-volume, 1,759-page
compendium that is believed to be the first collection of peer-reviewed research on the
educational uses of video games. Ferdig edited the volume, which includes more than 150
articles from researchers in 15 countries.
Amatea, E. S. (2009).Building culturally responsive family-school relationships. Upper Saddle River, NJ:
Conwill, W.L., & Jooma, K (2008). Thwarting ethnoviolence against Muslim women: Performing identity in
social action. Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 1, 30-47.
Echevarria-Doan, S. & Hanney, H. (2009). Understanding family stress and change. In E. Amatea, Building
culturally responsive family-school partnerships: From theory to practice (pp. 115-143). Upper Saddle River,
Leibforth, T. & Clark, M.A. (2009). Getting acquainted with families. In E. Amatea, Building culturally
responsive family-school partnerships: From theory to practice (pp. 201-251). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.
Miller, M. D. (2008). Data for school improvement and educational accountability: Reliability and validity
practice. In K.E. Ryan & L.A. Shepard (Eds.), The future of test-based educational accountability. New York:
Thomas, S. P., Thompson, C., Pollio, H. R., Greenberg, K., Conwill, W., Sail, A., Klukken, G., Davis, M. W., &
Dias-Bowie, Y. (2007). Experiences of struggling African American students at a predominantly white
university. Research in the Schools, 14, 1-17.
E Torres-Rivera, E., Nash, S., Sew, C. W. B. & Ibrahim, S. B. (2008). Training school
counselors in Singapore: First impressions of a multicultural challenge. Journal of Counseling
and Development, 86, 219-223.
Tucker, C., & Smith-Adcock, S. (2009).Creating a support network for families in crisis. In E.
Amatea, Building culturally responsive family-school partnerships: From theory to practice (pp. 337-363).
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.
West-Olatunji, C. (2009). Equal Access, Unequal resources: Appreciating cultural, social and economic
diversity in families. In E. Amatea, Building culturally responsive family-school partnerships: From theory to
practice (pp. 144-168). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.
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.
This summer, the College of Education said goodbye to a former dean and two of its closest friends, both of
whom died while actively engaged in efforts to realize the goal of education for all.
SBert Sharp, former COE dean and faculty member
Bert Sharp, who led the college through the turbulent, transformative 1970s, died in Naples
Aug. 31. He was 81.Sharp was a faculty member in Counselor Education. As dean, he
launched an ambitious plan to transform the COE into a research institution worthy of national
Margaret Early, quiet benefactor of college access
Most of her neighbors knew Margaret Early as a well-respected emeritus professor and an authority on the
teaching of English literature. Few knew that she was spending her savings on a plan to offer a college
education to an entire class of urban school kids. (more)
Gloria Merriex, innovative mathematics teacher
Gloria Merriex may have had the answer. Working with struggling mathematics students at Duval Elementary
School, she developed a music-based mathematics curriculum that tapped into her students talents and
interests and her work with the UF Lastinger Center for Learning was about to bring her nationwide renown.
In the News
A recent sampling of "media hits" concerning the College of Education:
Miami Herald (08/04/08) Assistant Dean for Student AffairsTheresa Vernetson
Vernetson was quoted in a story on the recent sudden change in the labor market for K-12 teachers. While
state officials were only recently decrying a shortage of qualified educators, recent budget cuts have forced
districts to cut faculty positions still further with the result that new teaching positions have become relatively
scarce. Vernetson commented that the situation seems like a "drought, for now."
Columbus (Ohio) Local News (08/05/08)- Dean Catherine Emihovich
Dean Emihovich, current president of the Holmes Partnership, was quoted in a news obituary for Columbus
Education Association president John Grossman, who was a board member for the Holmes Partnership.
Gainesville Sun (07/31/08) Professor Linda Serra Hagedorn
Hagedorn was quoted in a story on the name change that turned Santa Fe Community College's into Santa Fe
College part of a growing trend toward dropping the "community" from the names of institutions in the
community college system.
SAssociated Press (07/23/08)- Erik Black, graduate student
Black was quoted in an Associated Press story on a study of medical students' Facebook
profiles, which Black co-authored with Associate Professor Rick Ferdig and B.O. Smith
Professor Kara Dawson in Education Technology. The story was also covered by MSNBC,
Fox News Channel, The Miami Herald, The Palm Beach Post, The Orlando Sentinel, The
(Austin) Daily Texan, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale), WPMI-TV
(Pensacola), WKRG-TV (Mobile, Ala.), WMAR-TV (Baltimore, Md.), WSB-TV (Atlanta), KPTV
(Portland, Ore.), KMGH-TV (Denver, Colo.), WGAL (Susquehanna Valley, Pa.), The Boston (Mass.) Herald,
The Naples Daily News, The Gainesville Sun, and The Independent Florida Alligator.
(Melbourne) Florida Today (07/13/08) COE Research Director Ana Puig & B.O. Smith Research
Professor Mary Ann Clark
Florida Today covered a study by Puig, Clark and UF alumnus Sang Min Lee, which found that students who
identify as "very religious" in middle school are more likely to finish college than students who have a religious
background, but describe themselves as "not religious" or "somewhat religious." The study was also covered
in The Orlando Sentinel's "School Zone" blog, the St. Petersburg Times "Gradebook" blog, The (Austin) Daily
Texan, The Independent Florida Alligator and WRUF-FM.
Gainesville Sun (07/02/08) Dean Catherine Emihovich
The Sun covered "From Innocence to Hannah Montana: Childhood through the Visual Arts," a new course,
taught by Dean Emihovich and Har Museum director Rebecca Nagy, which looks at depictions of childhood in
art and popular culture.
Gainesville Sun (07/02/08) Margaret Early (retired COE professor)
The Sun, The Ocala Star-Banner, and the The (Syracuse, N.Y.) Post Standard all carried news obituaries on
former COE professor Margaret Early, who died at her home in the Oak Hammock retirement community. After
her death, Early's friends in Gainesville discovered that she had quietly used her savings to offer college
scholarships to an entire class of students in an urban New York school.
Gainesville Sun (06/16/08) -Jeff Boyer, graduate student
Jeff Boyer is the director of Digital Kids Tech Camp, a summer camp in which elementary-age children learn to
create their own video games. The camp was covered in the Sun and by WUFT-TV. You can see the WUFT
Inside Higher Education (06/16/08) -- Professor Linda Hagedorn
Hagedorn was quoted in an article on Florida's attempts to enlist community colleges to fill some of the roles
traditionally filled by universities.
Gainesville Sun (06/15/08) -- B.O. Smith Research Professor Mary Ann Clark
Clark wrote an opinion piece for the paper, responding to claims that there is no "gender gap" in academic
achievement and outlining her own research on underachievement among male students.
SFort Myers News-Press (05/25/08) Associate Professor Zhihui Fang
Fang was quoted in a story about the Lee County School Board's efforts to school K-12
students in the "lost art" of spelling which is a growing problem as dictionary spellings give
way to the truncated language of e-mail and instant messaging. Fang said that among its other
virtues, bad spelling can give people a bad first impression of the writer.
Gainesville Guardian (05/23/08) Lastinger Center Director Don Pemberton
Pemberton wrote a tribute to Gloria Jean Merriex, a Duval Elementary teacher, who died in May. Widely known
for her groundbreaking approach to teaching mathematics, Merriex was working with the UF Lastinger Center
for Learning on a number of project when she died. Pemberton was also quoted in news obituaries for Merriex
in The Guardian, The Gainesville Sun, and The Independent Florida Alligator.
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