Around the College: Jan. 31, 2018

— Research conducted by Christy Beck, a doctoral candidate in higher education, was the focus of a recent Onward State article titled "Sexual Assault Research Examines Relationship Between Victims And Bystanders."

— Chungil Chae, a doctoral candidate in workforce education and development, will receive the 2018 Cutting Edge Award from the Academy for Human Resource Development (HRD) at its 2018 Conference in the Americas in Richmond, Virginia. Chae will receive this award for his paper, "Organizational Support on Knowledge Sharing: A Moderated Mediation Model of Job Characteristics and Organization Citizenship Behavior," which he co-authored with three colleagues from the University of Georgia. The selection committee reported that this paper "impressed the selection committee in terms of its contribution of new knowledge to the HRD profession, the theoretical and practical importance of the problem the paper addressed, and the appropriateness of research methods applied."

Erica Frankenberg, associate professor of education (educational leadership), is a co-author of "Never too early to learn: Antibias education for young children," an article that emphasizes the importance of teaching race and diversity in early childhood education settings.

Greg Kelly, distinguished professor of education (science education) and associate dean for research, outreach and technology, has been promoted to senior associate dean for research, outreach and technology.

Kathleen McKinnon, associate professor of education (special education), and Jonte Taylor, assistant professor of education (special education), recently attended the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education in Washington, D.C., where they met with Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Mike Doyle. They also attended panels featuring various experts from policy institutes and government funding agencies.

Scott Metzger, associate professor of education (social studies education), will be featured on an upcoming segment of "LaTorre Live" on NewsRadio WHP 580, where he will discuss the portrayal of history in entertainment. The segment will air at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, and can be streamed at

Dana Mitra, professor of education (educational theory and policy), published "The Six Secrets to More Successful Partnerships Between Students and Teachers," an infographic to help educators have better partnerships with students.

Kelly Ochs Rosinger, assistant professor of education (higher education), wrote "If you thought colleges making the SAT optional would level the playing field, think again," which was published in The Conversation. The article also was republished by the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and WTOP.


— Joseph L. French, former head of the Department of Educational Psychology and School Psychology, died Sunday, Jan. 14, at the age of 89. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at University Baptist and Brethren Church in State College.

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Last Updated January 31, 2018