Around the College: Oct. 14, 2020

October 13, 2020

Students, staff and faculty members from Penn State's College of Education share recent research and career achievements.

   Uju Anya, an assistant professor of second language learning in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, created her first TikTok video last spring showcasing the six languages she speaks: Igbo, English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Russian. She made the video as part of the Polyglot Challenge on Twitter and generated 82,500 likes. In addition, she began the #LockdownLanguageChat hashtag on Twitter for people learning new languages to match up with partners for practice and friendship.

   Seria Chatters, adjunct associate professor of education (counselor education) and director of Equity and Inclusivity for the State College Area School District, recently was interviewed by Jonathan Ruths for the Jabbedu Education Podcast on the topic of bias-based bullying. You can listen to the podcast on your favorite listening app or here.

   Gilberto Conchas, the Wayne K. and Anita Woolfolk Hoy Endowed Professor of Education in the Department of Education Policy Studies, has a new book, “The Chicana/O/X Dream: Hope, Resistance, and Educational Success” co-authored by Nancy Acevedo, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology at California State University, Bakersfield. Based on interview data, life testimonials and Chicana feminist theories, “The Chicana/o/x Dream profiles first-generation, Mexican-descent college students who have overcome adversity by utilizing various forms of cultural capital to power their academic success.”

   Kade Crittenden, a master’s student in higher education, has recently been selected as a delegate representing the College of Education graduate students to the Penn State Graduate Professional Student Association.

   Erica Frankenberg, professor of education (education leadership) and director of the Center for Education and Civil Rights (CECR), was quoted in this PolitiFact article that questions former Vice President Joe Biden's statement in the recent presidential debate that "Suburbs are by and large integrated." PolitiFact is a fact-checking website operated by the Poynter Institute that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others on its Truth-O-Meter.

   The Counselor Education program recently recognized the following doctoral candidates: Hyunhee Kim, a doctoral candidate advised by Richard Hazler, professor of education (counselor education), received the Exemplary Research and Practice Award sponsored by the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling; Isak Kim, also advised by Hazler, received a research grant sponsored by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision to support his project, “Training-Related Retraumatization as a Mediator between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Traumatic Stress among Counseling Trainees”; and Fanghui Zhao, Hongshan Shao and Yangyang Liu received a research grant from North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, with matching funds from the national division Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, to support their project, “Informing Racial Social Justice Advocacy: Voices from Asian International Counselor Trainees.” The faculty member supervising their research project is Elizabeth Prosek, associate professor of education (counselor education).

   Royel Johnson, assistant professor of education (higher education), is the keynote speaker for Cleveland State University’s inclusivity Fireside Chat series focused on supporting college students in Ohio impacted by foster care. He will give his talk, “How to Renew, Refresh, and Reposition After Drastic Change,” at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 14 via Zoom.

   Paul Morgan, professor of education in the Department of Education Policy Studies and his colleagues in the Center for Education Disparities Research (CEDR) have five studies currently ranked as "most read" in Exceptional Children, the top research journal in the fields of special education and rehabilitation.

   Esther Prins, professor of education (adult education) in the Department of Learning and Performance Systems, was interviewed by the Institute of Education Sciences blog as part of its series recognizing the IES investment in Career and Technical Education research. Prins discussed her project that involves Penn State researchers working in collaboration with adult education providers in Chicago, Houston and Miami to better understand how adult education programs are incorporating career pathways into their delivery models. In addition, Prins, co-director for research in Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, Anna Kaiper, associate director and assistant teaching professor in the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy and the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, and Tabitha Stickel, a doctoral candidate in the Lifelong Learning and Adult Education program and a research assistant in the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, released a new research brief, “Incarcerated fathersʼ experiences in the Read to Your Child/Grandchild Program: Supporting childrenʼs literacy, learning, and education.”

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Last Updated October 21, 2020