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Uju Anya receives College of Education's Outstanding Teaching Award
The College of Education’s Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes a faculty mentor who demonstrates teaching excellence, shows respect to all students as individuals and creates an environment conducive to learning.
Heard on Campus: Derrick Alridge
"To preserve the stories or narratives I've briefly discussed with you this morning, along with the many other stories recounting teachers' lives, their pedagogical influences and their classroom approaches, highlight a vital, but often overlooked dimension of education and the Civil Rights Movement. Eliciting and documenting these stories not only supports the notion of teachers as activists, but also illuminates the influential role that teachers can play in contemporary movements for civil rights and social justice. And it is my hope that these narratives will inform the current generation about their vital role as teachers and activists." — Penn State Alumni Fellow Derrick Alridge, speaking about his “Teachers in the Movement” project, which includes oral history interviews with elementary, secondary and university teachers and educators about their participation in and efforts during the Civil Rights Movement. Alridge is visiting the University Park campus as one of 16 Penn State alumni who were selected to receive the 2019 Alumni Fellow Award, the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. He earned his doctoral degree from the Penn State College of Education in educational theory and policy in 1997.
Forum to highlight teacher influence, impact during Civil Rights Movement
A forum focused on the experiences of teachers, administrators and college leaders during the Civil Rights Movement will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, on the University Park campus.
Mentoring roundtables find new home in College of Education
Penn State is deepening its commitment to mentoring emerging scholars in the areas of higher education law, finance, economics and governance.
Interdisciplinary team delivers intensive education leadership program
An interdisciplinary team of faculty from the College of Education and the Smeal College of Business, hosted by Penn State Executive Programs, is sharing its collective expertise with 26 officials from 15 higher education institutions in India who are at University Park for a weeklong immersion program.
Researcher seeks to increase college enrollment, success among foster youth
Large percentages of foster youth have college aspirations but estimates from research suggest that no more than 20 percent of that population are known to enroll and fewer than half of them actually graduate.
Dean's Graduate Assistantship program attracts the best students to the College of Education
The Dean's Graduate Assistantship (DGA) for Engaged Scholarship and Research in Education in the College of Education was established in 2010 to support exceptional students working toward a doctoral degree. As of January 2017, DGAs guarantee four years of funding for recipients.
Evensen-Lions in Recovery Scholarship Award supports students in recovery
A new endowed scholarship will focus on supporting Penn State’s Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC). The Evensen-Lions in Recovery Scholarship Award was established by Dorie Evensen, professor emerita of education and 25-year member of the Penn State College of Education faculty, who retired June 30.
Lecture to focus on identity, higher ed and social activism
The Center for Education and Civil Rights presents Susana Muñoz, assistant professor of higher education at Colorado State University, who will speak on “Undocumented and Unafraid: Identity, Higher Education & Social Activism” from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in 112 Chambers Building on the Penn State University Park campus.
Assistant professor files another amicus brief
This will be Garces' fourth amicus curiae before the country's highest federal court.
Financial Aid Programs, Access to Higher Education
Two College of Education faculty members research how higher education access has changed over the years due to rising costs.
Racial, Ethnic Diversity on Campus: Considering Legal, Public Policy Developments, Future Implications
Assistant Professor Liliana Garces provides an overview of how colleges and universities are becoming increasingly more diverse, but legal decisions are making it more difficult for institutions of higher learning to assemble a diverse student body.
College of Education Online Programs Highly Ranked by Online Resource
Two of the College of Education’s online master in education programs—Higher Education and Learning, Design, and Technology—delivered through Penn State World Campus, were recently recognized as some of the best online degree programs in the nation by, a leading resource for campus and online education.
Alumna Ronyelle Ricard Focuses Career on HBCUs
Alumna Ronyelle Ricard has spent her professional life advancing the cause of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Two Faculty Members Evaluating Penn State Pilot Program that Seeks to Increase Diversity in Science, Engineering
Leticia Oseguera and Jeanine Staples are evaluating the Penn State Millennium Scholars Program, which aims to increase the number of women, students of color, and low-income students in STEM fields.
Penn State’s Academic Leadership Academy Prepares Higher Education Administrators from India, US
The Academic Leadership Academy, hosted by the College of Education's Center for the Study of Higher Education, provided practical administrative knowledge and skills to participants from across the U.S. and around the world.
College of Education Faculty Member Presents TEDx Talk on How Education Positively Impacts the World
David Baker, professor in the College of Education, presented at a recent TEDx Fulbright event and discussed how education is better than ever before.

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