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    Ed FullerNew Center for Evaluation and Education Policy Analysis Established

    The Penn State College of Education has created a new Center for Evaluation and Education Policy Analysis (CEEPA).

    Kyle Peck

    New Penn State Center Aims to Transform Teaching and Learning Process

    The Center for Online Innovation in Learning will support faculty research on inventing, implementing and investigating new ways to use technology to improve online education.

    College of Education Renews National Accreditation

    Penn State’s College of Education recently completed a successful review by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

    William FarrellFarrell Named 2012 Alumni Fellow

    William Farrell '59 Edu, was honored as an Alumni Fellow at a ceremony held October 19, 2012.

    2012-13 Humphrey Fellows are Pursuing Their Academic Year at Penn State

    Penn State welcomes the 2012-13 Humphrey Fellows professionals.

    College of Education to offer M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs

    The Penn State College of Education will collaborate with the Division of Student Affairs to offer a new master's of science degree in higher education and student affairs.

    Student Teacher Award WinnerAlumni Society Honors 2012 Award Recipients

    Congratulations to eight outstanding alumni of the College, winners of 2012 Alumni Society Awards.

    DCEC PosterDCEC Looks at Language Diversity in 2012-13

    Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee is focusing on Exploring Language Diversity as its 2012-13 theme.

    Susan O'LearyAlumni Couple Gives $2 Million to Honor Innovative Leaders

    Through their gift, Kevin and Susan O'Leary will support an early career professor in history, graduate students in language and literacy education, and innovative teaching awards in both colleges.

    Barbara LaubscherBarbara Golden Laubscher Trustee Scholarship Established

    Brian W. ’89 BUS , ’04 MBA and Kristine E. Laubscher ’95 LA have established a $50,000 trustee scholarship in the College of Education to provide financial assistance for undergraduate students pursuing degrees in childhood and early adolescent education.

    Chris BrownM. Christopher Brown II Establishes Endowment for Higher Education

    In an effort to give back to the program that has had immeasurable influence on his career, M. Christopher Brown II, ’97 Ph.D. HI ED , has pledged $25,000 to create the M. Christopher Brown II Endowment for Higher Education in the College of Education.


    Faculty and Staff News

    Pat TerenziniTerenzini Receives Stecklein Award from Association for Institutional Research

    The award honors an AIR member for significant and substantial contributions to the field of institutional research.

    John CheslockCheslock Chosen to Head the Center for the Study of Higher Education

    John Cheslock is now serving as the director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education.

    Carla Zembal-SaulCongratulations Faculty

    Congratulations to Jeff Hayes, Beverly Lindsay, Michael Moore, David Passmore, Sue Rankin, Rose Zbiek, and Carla Zembal-Saul.

    Faculty Research

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

    Randy FisherStaff Changes

    The College welcomes Andy Elder, Randy Fisher, Mary Pearce, and Kevin Sliman.

    Student News

    student and teacher play football togetherPhiladelphia Urban Seminar Offers Students the Opportunity to Teach in Urban Public Schools

    CI 295D: The Philadelphia Urban Seminar is a 3-credit, two week course that allows students to teach in urban public schools.

    Tonia BauerNorth Carolina Teacher Earns Master's Degree Online at Penn State

    Tonia Bauer is using knowledge learned online through a Penn State World Campus master’s degree program to help improve her fourth-graders’ reading abilities.

    Penn State Offers Scholarships for Special Education Master’s Degree and Certification

    The Penn State College of Education is offering scholarships to support graduate-level study in special education with an emphasis on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who have disabilities and their families.

    David BakerStudents Explore Global Education Systems in CIED Program

    At Penn State, students who wish to become knowledgeable in the field of comparative and international education can join the Comparative and International Education (CIED) Program, which offers a dual-title degree program in which students can earn a master of science (M.S.) degree or a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree.

    Rose Snyder Named Fall 2012 Student Marshal for the College of Education

    Penn State senior Rebecca "Rose" Snyder as the College of Education's Fall 2012 Student Marshal.

    Tom DoddPrincipal and Doctoral Candidate's School is Awarded National "Breakthrough" Schools Award

    Doctoral candidate Tom Dodd's school was recently recognized as a Breakthrough School by a partnership between the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the MetLife Foundation.

    Erin McHenry-SorberAlumna Receives Dissertation Award for Groundbreaking Research

    Dr. Erin McHenry-Sorber '11 Ph.D. has received the Edward W. Chance Memorial Rural Education Dissertation Award from the National Rural Education Association.

    Recent Alumna Volunteers as a Teacher in Colombia

    Brittney Diesel '11 CEAE is a kindergarten teacher at El Camino Academy in Bogota, Colombia.

    Rodney HughesFormer Trustee Rodney Hughes Seeks Ph.D. in Higher Education

    “I’m really bad at predicting where I’ll end up,” says Rodney Hughes, a doctoral candidate in the higher education program at Penn State. Today he researches the effects of tuition pricing on admissions and its relation to the accessibility of higher education. However, this was not always the plan.


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