Around the College: Jan. 29, 2020

January 29, 2020

— Christine Cunningham, professor of practice in education and engineering, will be part of a panel of McGraw Prize in Education winners at an event at the University of Pennsylvania in February. She also will be leading a webinar for them later that month. Cunningham won the McGraw U.S. K-12 Education prize for her engineering curriculum aimed at elementary level students in 2017.

— Alicia Dowd, professor of education (higher education); Kelly Rosinger, assistant professor of education; and graduate student Marlon Fernandez Castro are co-authors on a chapter titled "Trends and Perspectives on Finance Equity and the Promise of Community Colleges" in the Higher Education Handbook of Theory and Research that explores finance equity and the promise of community colleges.

— Ed Fuller, associate professor of education (educational leadership), was invited to be an associate editor at Educational Administration Quarterly. The journal publishes prominent empirical and conceptual articles focused on timely and critical leadership and policy issues of educational organizations.

— Maithreyi Gopalan, assistant professor of education (education policy studies), and Shannon Brady from Wake Forest University recently published a paper exploring how college students’ sense of belonging varies across institutional types and student characteristics using national-representative data at Educational Researcher. Media coverage of this paper includes Inside HigherEd, Education Dive and Study International News. In addition, Gopalan was invited to present her work on “Experimental Research in Public Policy” in South Korea at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management as part of the inaugural conference on Experimental Research in Public Management. She also received a visiting fellowship position at the University of Texas, Austin Population Research Center and will be spending spring 2020 in residence at Austin as the National Study of Learning Mindset Visiting Fellow.

— Karen Babbs Hollett, a doctoral student in education policy studies (educational leadership), was selected to participate in the David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy. The Clark Seminar, sponsored by UCEA, Divisions A and L of AERA, and SAGE Publications, brings together emerging scholars and noted researchers for discussion and professional growth.

— Hyung Joon Yoon, assistant professor of education (workforce education and development), gave a talk on employee career development at Sookmyung Women's University on Jan. 11. He spoke at the Sookmyung HRD Forum on Employee Career Development Integration: A Model and Best Practices.

— Royel M. Johnson, assistant professor of education (higher education), recently led a workshop at Franklin & Marshall College in which he discussed strategies for increasing student engagement and belonging through race-conscious practice.

— Paul Morgan, professor of education, spoke about inequities in education in a recent podcast on WPSU-FM, Penn State’s NPR-affiliated radio station.

— David Passmore, distinguished professor of education (workforce education and development), recently gave a presentation titled “Will a gale of artificial intelligence knock your house down?” at the Education Policy and Leadership Seminar sponsored by the Education Policy and Leadership Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

— Ericka S. Weathers, assistant professor of education (education policy studies), has a new paper titled “Racial Segregation and School Poverty in the United States, 1999–2016” in Race and Social Problems. The paper documents trends in racial segregation and school poverty over the last two decades and is part of a forthcoming special issue on segregation and stratification. Weathers’ co-authors on the paper are Erin M. Fahle, Sean F. Reardon, Demetra Kalogrides and Heewon Jang.

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