School of Education Academic News

Carol Mullen, a professor in the School of Education, was elected president-elect of the Society of Professors of Education (SPE); she will serve as President in 2020–2021.

In addition, she received the SPE Outstanding Book Award for Education Policy Perils: Tackling the Tough Issues (New York, NY: Routledge and Kappa Delta Pi, 2016), which she co-edited with Christopher H. Tienken. The award was presented at the SPE Annual Meeting, which was held April 6 in Toronto, Canada.

College faculty who received Global Partnership Project Grants during the 2018–2019 academic year were: David Hicks, School of Education; Eunju Hwang, Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management; and Corinne Noirot, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures.

Hicks’s “The Forever Project: The Benefits and Dilemmas of Using Virtual Interactive Holocaust Survivor Testimony” involves collaboration with the University of Nottingham and the UK National Holocaust Center.

As part of her research proposal, “Enhancing Research Partnerships on Global Age Friendly Communities,” Hwang hosted colleagues from the Jeju Ageing Society Research Center in South Korea.

Noirot was awarded support to advance work on the collaborative book manuscript titled Théâtre des frères La Taille, under contract with Classiques Garnier in Paris, with colleagues in France and Switzerland.

 

The following College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences faculty members were awarded a Niles Research Grant during the 2018–2019 academic year: Mark V. Barrow, Jr., History; Shannon Elizabeth Bell, Sociology; Dwight Bigler, School of Performing Arts; Brian Britt, Religion and Culture; Toni M. Calasanti, Sociology; María del Carmen Caña Jiménez, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Mauro Caraccioli, Political Science and ASPECT Core Faculty; Koeun Choi, Human Development and Family Science; Katharine Cleland, English; Amanda C. Demmer, History; Katherine Haenschen and Daniel J. Tamul, Communication; Sharon P. Johnson, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Karin Kitchens, Political Science; Bryan Klausmeyer, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Allan Lumba, History; Richard Masters, School of Performing Arts; Deborah Milly, Political Science; Gonzalo Montero, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Carol A. Mullen, School of Education; Charles Nichols, School of Performing Arts; Corinne Noirot, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Philip Olson, Science, Technology, and Society; Michael Saffle, Religion and Culture; Carolyn Shivers, Human Development and Family Science; Brandi Watkins, Communication; Chelsea Woods, Communication; and Tingting Zhao, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures.

The 2019 College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Awards and Honors Ceremony and Reception took place on April 2 in Owens Banquet Hall. Presenting this year’s awards were Dean Rosemary Blieszner, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research E. Thomas Ewing, and Joseph Pitt, Philosophy and chair of the college’s Honors and Awards Committee.

Certificate of Teaching Excellence recipients were: Nancy López-Romero, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Paul Quigley, History; Robert P. Stephens, History; Vinodh Venkatesh, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; and Abby Walker, English.

Excellence in Advising Awards were presented to Nancy Bodenhorn, School of Education, and Sarah Sierra, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures.

Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award recipients were: Aarnes Gudmestad, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Brett Jones, School of Education; and Brian ThorsettSchool of Performing Arts. Recognized as Land Grant Scholars were Barbara Allen, Science, Technology, and Society, and Katrina M. Powell, English.

Those presented with an Excellence in Outreach and International Initiatives Award were Yasuko KumazawaModern and Classical Languages and Literatures, and Paul Quigley, History.

The Diversity Award winners were Carmen Gitre, History, and Annie Stevens, School of Performing Arts.

Heather Gumbert, associate chair, History, garnered the Excellence in Administration Award.

This year’s ceremony included a staff award in addition to faculty awards. Katie Akers, fiscal technician Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, received the Staff Employee of the Year Award.

The featured speakers at this year’s ceremony were Kumazawa, Sierra, Thorsett, and Walker.

The following faculty members were recognized as 2019–2020 Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment Scholars: principal investigator Matthew Fullen, School of Education, and co-investigators Nancy Brossoie, Center for Gerontology, Megan Dolbin-MacNab, Human Development and Family Science, and Gerard Lawson, School of Education, “Investigating the Impact of Medicare Mental Health Provider Policy on Rural Communities”; co-investigator Ben Katz, Human Development and Family Science, co-investigator Tina Savla, Human Development and Family Science and Center for Gerontology, principal investigator Brenda Davy, and co-investigator Kevin Davy, “Ketones Supplementation for Vascular and Cognitive Health in Middle-Aged Adults”; co-investigator Ben Katz, Human Development and Family Science, principal investigator Alec Smith, and co-investigators Sheryl Ball and Brooks King-Casas, “The Effect of HD-tDCS Stimulation over the Temporoparietal Junction on Social and Economic Cognition in Older Adults”; and principal investigator Lee Vinsel, Science, Technology, and Society, and co-investigators Jennifer Case and Marie Paretti, “What Do Engineers Do All Day? Innovation, Maintenance, and Everyday Engineering Work.”

Two graduate students from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences were selected for induction into the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society in 2019: Erika Bass, curriculum and instruction; and Ayesha Yousafzai, higher education.

The society was established in 2005 and named for the first African-American to earn a doctoral degree in the United States; it “seeks to develop a network of scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support, and serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy – exemplifying the spirit and example of Dr. Bouchet.”

Virginia Tech is one of 16 Bouchet Society chapter institutions. The 2019 Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Scholars were inducted in April at Yale University.

 

The following faculty and staff members in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences were winners of a 2019 University Faculty/Staff Award. The University announcement can be found on this page.

Mark V. Barrow, Jr., professor and chair of the Department of History, garnered the William E. Wine Award for Teaching Excellence.

Aaron Brantly, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, received the XCaliber Award, which recognizes integration of technology in teaching and learning.

Sam Cook, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, was the recipient of the Presidential Principles of Community Award.

Vicki Martin, fiscal technician in the School of Education, received the President’s Award for Excellence.

Carol A. Mullen, professor in the School of Education, was recognized with the Alumni Award for Excellence in Research.

Patricia Raun, professor of performance and voice in the School of Performing Arts and director of the Center for Communicating Science, and Carolyn Kroehler, associate director of the Center for Communicating Science, were the recipients of the Alumni Award for Outreach Excellence – Team.

The Department of Religion and Culture was recognized with the Presidential Principles of Community Award.

Nadine Adel Sinno, associate professor of Arabic in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, garnered the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Robert P. Stephens, associate professor in the Department of History, received the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Yannis Stivachtis, associate professor in the Department of Political Science, was the recipient of the Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education.

Amanda Villar, academic adviser in the Religion and Culture, was recognized with the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Advising.

The Virginia Dares team, a collaboration among faculty and students in the School of Performing Arts, the American Indian Studies program, and the School of Visual Arts, garnered a Presidential Principles of Community Award.

The recipients were honored at a special event on May 2 at the Moss Arts Center.

Amy Azano, an associate professor in the School of Education, published “A Place for Local in Critical Global Literacies,” English Journal 108.3 (2019): 108–10.

Claire Robbins, an assistant professor in the School of Education, published “Seeking ‘Better Ways’: Early Career Faculty Researcher Development,” Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education 9.2 (2018): 113–26, with Lucy LePeau.

Carol A. Mullen, a professor in the School of Education, published “Dynamic Creativity: Influential Theory, Public Discourse, and Generative Possibility,” Dynamic Perspectives on Creativity: New Directions for Theory, Research, and Practice in Education, ed. Ronald A. Beghetto and Giovanni Emanuele Corazza (Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature, 2019), pp. 137–64.

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