Around the College: Dec. 11, 2019

December 11, 2019

— “The Schooled Society: The Educational Transformation of Global Culture" (2014 Stanford University Press) by David P. Baker, professor of sociology, education (educational theory and policy) and demography, received the Sejong Academic Book Award for 2019 from the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The award also recognizes the excellence of the translation of the book into Korean by Soo-yong Byun, associate professor of education (educational theory and policy) and demography, along with three alumni of the Department of Education Policy Studies: Deok-ho Jang (Sangmyung University, South Korea), Hyerim Kim (Ministry of Education, South Korea), and Haram Jeon (Chonnam National University, South Korea). The Sejong Academic Book Award recognizes books that have high value as academic texts and promote reading culture in South Korea.

— TEAMology, the commercialized results of Project TEAM research led by Linsey Covert, instructor in educational psychology, counseling and special education; Richard Hazler, professor of education (counselor education); and JoLynn Carney, associate professor of education (counselor education), was recently featured in a segment on “Pittsburgh 360: Are You in the House?” — a program on WQED, Pittsburgh’s public television station.

— Alicia Dowd, professor of education (higher education), and Royel Johnson, assistant professor of education (higher education), have a chapter published in the current edition of Systematic Reviews in Educational Research: "Why Publish a Systematic Review: An Editor's and Reader's Perspective."

— Research on school segregation by Erica Frankenberg, professor of education (educational leadership), was quoted in an article, “School planning review could transform district,” in The Notebook, an independent news organization covering Philadelphia public schools; and in “50 States of Ed: Do choice policies ‘undermine’ or remain ‘vital’ to public education?” in Education Dive, a higher education news website. Frankenberg’s research also was cited in a Wall Street Journal article, “In Mississippi, an Unlikely Model for School Desegregation,” and a Washington Post story, “Controversial redistricting plan adopted in Maryland school system.”

— Maithreyi Gopalan, assistant professor of education (education policy studies), has an article, "Understanding the linkages between racial/ethnic discipline gaps and racial/ethnic achievement gaps in the United States" in the current edition of Education Policy Analysis Archives.

— Kevin Kinser, professor of education (higher education) and department head of education policy studies, was quoted in an article in El Confidencial, a Spanish-language general-information digital newspaper located in Spain, specializing in economic, financial and political news.

— David Passmore, distinguished professor of education (workforce education and development), along with Ki Seok Jeon, professor of national security convergence at Chungnam National University in South Korea, who received his doctorate in workforce education and development from the Penn State College of Education in 2011, have an article titled “A study of the relationships between workplace spirituality and team productivity: Mediating effect of employee creativity” in the current edition of International Journal of Contents.

— Deborah Schussler, associate professor of education (education policy studies), was invited to give the keynote address at the Consortium for the Study of Leadership and Ethics in Education at the start of the 33rd annual UCEA Convention, held Nov. 21-24 in New Orleans. The keynote was titled "Squaring the Circle: Adopting the Moral Certainty of Yes/And During Divisive Times." At the convention, Schussler also presented a paper with Jennifer Frank, assistant professor of education (special education), and alumna Julia Mahfouz, an assistant professor at the University of Idaho, titled " Say what? Teacher and administrator perspectives of effective professional development that fosters social-emotional competencies.” She also presented "Cultivating awareness and resilience in administrators: Examination of a tailored implementation of the CARE program" with Sebrina Doyle, a graduate student in education policy studies (educational leadership) and Christa Turksma, an associate at the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center within the Penn State College of Health and Human Development. In addition, Schussler presented "Social emotional learning as educator professional development: Are we addressing what leaders need and what the profession needs?" at the Consortium for the Study of Leadership and Ethics in Education's 24th annual Values and Leadership Conference, held Nov. 20-21 in New Orleans.

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Last Updated December 18, 2019