Around the College: Oct. 3, 2018

College of Education
October 03, 2018

— Special education doctoral student Salena Babb recently co-authored a publication related to her research on Video Visual Scene Displays (VSDs). The article was published in the Journal of Special Education Technology.

David Guthrie, associate professor of education (higher education), and Katie Hoffman, assistant professor of education (special education), have been named to Penn State's Homecoming University Court. 

Elizabeth Hughes, assistant professor of education (special education), recently published an article with co-author, Sandra Quiñones, assistant professor of education at Duquesne University. The article, "'Is Sarah a Bully or a Friend?': Examining Students' Text-based Written Expressions of Bullying," was published in Middle Grades Review.

— An article by Gerald LeTendre, professor of education (education policy studies); Dana Mitra, professor of education (education theory and policy); G. Eric McGinnis, a College of Education doctoral student; Rachel Montgomery, a doctoral candidate; and Andrew Pendola, a Penn State alumnus, was published in revista española de pedagogía (Spanish Journal of Pedagogy), one of the Spain's top journals. The article is titled "Challenges and opportunities in translational science and the grey area of academic publishing."

Maria M. Lewis, assistant professor of education (educational leadership); Erica Frankenberg, associate professor of education (educational leadership);and Liliana Garces, associate professor at University of Texas at Austin, authored the article, "A Comprehensive and Practical Approach to Policy Guidance: The Office for Civil Rights' Role in Education During the Obama Administration," published by SAGE Journals.

— Research on racial/ethnic disparities in disability identification by Paul Morgan, professor of education (educational theory and policy), was referenced in "Georgia’s Separate and Unequal Special-Education System," a feature article about the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support published in The New Yorker.

Diandra Prescod, assistant professor of education (counselor education), was awarded the New Professional Award, presented by the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES). The award recognizes a pre-tenured or new professional counselor educator in the NARACES region who has demonstrated promise in all areas of an academic position: teaching, scholarship and service.

— The qualitative study by Deborah Schussler, associate professor of education (educational leadership), "Stress and Release: Case Studies of Teacher Resilience Following a Mindfulness-Based Intervention," is now available through the American Journal of Education. The study is funded by a $3.5 million IES-Goal 3 efficacy trial of the CARE for Teachers professional development program.


— Paul Welliver, a College of Education alumnus and former professor-in-charge for the college's instructional media program, died on Aug. 7, 2018, at age 87. Welliver received his doctorate in science education from Penn State in 1965. His obituary can be found at

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Last Updated October 03, 2018