Around the College: Feb. 28, 2018

David Baker, professor of education (educational theory and policy) and sociology, and Frank Fernandez, an alumnus of the higher education doctoral program, have earned the 2017 Award for Significant Research on International Higher Education and the 2018 PROSE Award for Excellence in Social Science: Educational Theory for "The Century of Science: The Global Triumph of the Research University."

Katerina Bodovski, associate professor of education (educational theory and policy), authored an advice column for The Chronicle of Higher Education titled "Why I Collapsed on the Job."

Liza Conyers, associate professor of education (rehabilitation and human services), has been appointed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to the State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation. Read more about her appointment at

— Charles Gibson III, a doctoral candidate in higher education, received the Dr. Stephanie Danette Preston Service Award from the Penn State Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) on Friday, Feb. 16, during an event held at Heritage Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center. It is the highest award a BGSA member can receive for service to the organization. The award is named for Stephanie Danette Preston (Ph.D., ’09), appointed member of the College of Education Alumni Society Board of Directors and assistant dean of The Graduate School.

— Research led by Paul Morgan, professor of education (education policy studies), was featured in op-ed pieces published in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He also is the lead author of "Are Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Language-Minority Children Overrepresented in Special Education?" which has been published in Exceptional Children.


— Curtis Rensselaer Finch, an alumnus and former faculty member of the college, passed away on Jan. 20. He earned his doctorate in education in 1969 and spent three years as an assistant professor in the college. In 1989 he was designated an Outstanding Alumnus of the college. Read the full obituary at

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Last Updated February 28, 2018