Around the College: Feb. 26, 2020

February 26, 2020

— David Baker, professor of education (educational theory and policy) and sociology, and Yahya Shamekhi, a doctoral candidate in educational policy studies, co-authored a new article titled “University vs. Research Institute? The Dual Pillars of German Science Production, 1950–2010,” along with Jennifer Dusdal, a postdoctoral research scientist in the Institute of Education & Society at the University of Luxembourg; Yuan Chih Fu, assistant professor at National Chung Cheng University; Justin J.W. Powell, professor of sociology of education at the University of Luxembourg; and Manfred Stock, professor of sociology of education at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.

— Charlie Hughes, professor of education (special education), was selected, along with David Chard, dean of the Boston University College of Education; Rollanda O'Conner, endowed professor at the University of California-Riverside; and John Lloyd, professor emeritus at the University of Virginia, to participate on the Division for Learning Disabilities' Past President Panel at the International Council for Exceptional Children's Conference in Portland this February. The general theme for the panel was to describe current issues and practices in the field of learning disabilities, as well as some “next steps.” Hughes’ topic was the role of explicit instruction in the education of students with learning disabilities and identifying ways of intensifying this evidence-based approach for teaching students who are not making sufficient progress despite remedial (tier 2) intervention.

— Royel M. Johnson, assistant professor of higher education, and Leticia Oseguera, associate professor of higher education, along with education policy studies doctoral candidates Elyzza M. Aparicio, Maria Javiera De Los Rios and Hyun Ju Park, have an article, "Examining the Role of Scientific Identity in Black Student Retention in a STEM Scholar Program," in The Journal of Negro Education. Also, Johnson co-authored "Examining the Academic Advising Experiences of Black Males at an Urban University: An Exploratory Case Study" with Terrell L. Strayhorn, professor of urban education at LeMoyne-Owen College and president/CEO of Do Goodwork Educational Consulting LLC, and Christopher S. Travers, teaching assistant professor at North Carolina State University in urban education. Additionally, Johnson wrote an article, "'I just want to be a regular kid:' A qualitative study of sense of belonging among high school youth in foster care," co-authored with Strayhorn and Bridget Parler, a doctoral candidate in higher education at Penn State, that's been published in Children and Youth Services Review.

— Matthew Gardner Kelly, assistant professor of education (education policy studies), and Kai A. Schafft, professor of education (educational leadership) and rural sociology, have an article (forthcoming) titled "'A resource curse' for education?: School funding disparities in Pennsylvania’s shale gas boomtowns" in Society & Natural Resources. They also have a related piece in The Conversation titled “Fracking has led to a ‘bust’ for Pennsylvania school districts,” which was subsequently picked up by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Additionally, Schafft received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a mixed methods project that looks at poverty and natural resource dependency within the U.S: “Development, Poverty, And Relative Support for Natural Resource-Related Economic Development In Rural America.”

Paul Morgan, professor of education (education policy studies), was interviewed about his research on racial and ethnic disparities in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis and treatment for SiriusXM's Doctor Radio, as part of a special segment on minority mental health. He appeared with the past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. You can listen to the interview here.

— College of Education alumni Raquel Muñiz (J.D., Ph.D. 2018) and Dwayne K. Wright (J.D., Ph.D. 2018), along with Rafael. E. Alvarado, J.D. (Ph.D. candidate, higher education), Vanessa D. Miller (J.D./Ph.D. candidate, higher education) and Queen McGrew (J.D./Ph.D. candidate) have a forthcoming article, “Joint Identities? A Self-Case Study of the Professional identity Development of J.D./Ph.D. Professionals in Education Law,” in Journal of Law and Education at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

— Ericka S. Weathers, assistant professor of education in the Department of Education Policy Studies, has a new article titled "Bias or Empathy in Universal Screening? The Effect of Teacher–Student Racial Matching on Teacher Perceptions of Student Behavior" in Urban Education.

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Last Updated March 04, 2020