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    Connections - Summer 2012

    Newsletter for College of Education faculty, staff, and students

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    In addition to the articles published in this issue of Connections, you may view all recent news releases on the College of Education's News Release Web site.



    Dean's Message

    The Importance of Good Teaching


    College News

    zbiek_thm2012 Outstanding Faculty, Staff, and Students Honored by the College

    Eight members of the College were recognized for their achievements at a reception held April 4.

    #1 symbolNew Graduate School Rankings Released

    Penn State's College of Education continues to rank highly in the latest national rankings of graduate programs released recently by US News & World Report.

    DCEC PosterNews from the Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee

    Students of Penn State's ESL certificate program traveled with faculty and public school teachers to the capital of Ecuador for a cultural immersion.

    Stephanie KnightSpecial Journal Issue Focuses on Accountability in Education

    As the lead editor of the Journal of Teacher Education, Stephanie Knight has helped organize a special issue that focuses on examining the complexity of assessment and accountability in teacher education.

    Detail of a stack of children's booksPenn State to Host Early Childhood Education Conference

    The College of Education will host the 20th International Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education Conference on November 4-7, 2012.


    Research Initiation Grant Recipients for the 2011-12 Academic Year Named

    Six faculty members and 14 doctoral students received seed money for their respective projects.

    In Memoriam: Dr. Robert F. (Bob) Neuhard

    Bob was a former director of clinical experiences in the College of Education.

    detail of a male lion's headJoin Us at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

    The event, scheduled for Thursday, June 28, includes a picnic lunch.


    Faculty and Staff News

    Rothwell-thmRothwell Receives ASTD Distinguished Contribution Award

    This national award recognizes an exceptional contribution of sustained impact on the field of workplace learning and performance.

    Wilsonk_thmWilson Named Winner of National Research Award

    Wilson will receive the 2012 Rehabilitation Researcher of the Year Award from the National Counsel on Rehabilitation Education.

    JoLynn CarneyNational Research Award to Carney and Hazler

    JoLynn Carney and Richard Hazler, faculty members in Penn State's Counselor Education program, were named winners of the American Counseling Association (ACA) Research Award.


    McDonald Receives Fulbright Award to Work in Ireland

    McDonald will explore the cross-cultural nature of professional pedagogical vision.

    Liz Mellin

    Six College of Education Faculty Members Receive Promotion and/or Tenure

    The faculty will be honored at a dinner in the fall.

    kornhaber-thmKornhaber Consults for Television Show in the Use of Multiple Intelligences

    Canada’s Smartest Person, a two-hour prime-time television show on CBC, used the concept of multiple intelligences as a means of measuring the aptitude of contestants.

    david monkDean Monk Named to Chair AERA Government Relations Committee

    Monk's assignment commences as the committee's chair-designate at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the AERA in Vancouver, Canada. In 2013 Monk will become the committee's chairperson and will serve in that capacity for two years.

    The conference drew some 130 attendees, including the rectors of 20 Ecuadorian universities.

    David BakerCollege of Education Co-Hosts CIES 2012 Conference in Puerto Rico

    Penn State faculty member David Baker, who is CIES president elect, organized the collaborative effort.

    Myrna CovingtonSixteen Staff Members Recognized for Years of Service at Luncheon

    The College of Education held its annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon April 24 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

    Talat AzharCongratulations Faculty and Staff

    Recent achievements of Talat Azhar, Jim Johnson, Judy Kolb, Paul Morgan, and Karla Schmit.

    Baker_R_thmFaculty Research

    Review the latest faculty/staff presentations, publications, grants, and grant proposals.

    Staff Changes

    Two new staff members recently joined our College.


    Student News


    Melissa Kehs Serves as 2012 Student Marshal for College of Education

    Kehs led the procession of graduates at the College’s baccalaureate ceremony on May 6.

    stoicovy-and-burns-thmA Fresh Take on Teacher Professional Development

    Two education graduate students created professional-development opportunities that give teachers control over their own learning.

    landis-thmA Student-Teaching Experience Unlike Any Other

    Ian Landis opted to spend his last semester as a student teacher on an off-reservation boarding school for Native American children in South Dakota.

    Congratulations Students

    Recent achievements of Kayla Harris, Lori Johnson-Vegas, David Knight, Jonathan Lozano, Leah Matusow, and Joanna Reissman.


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    Editor: Suzanne Wayne,
    Associate Editor: Joe Savrock,
    Writers: Sara LaJeunesse, Wildamie Ceus

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