Around the College: Nov. 11, 2020

November 10, 2020

   John Cheslock, associate professor of education (higher education) and senior research associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), shares his expertise in a recent story in Chronicle of Higher Education discussing universities and colleges reckoning with the financial fallout spurred by the pandemic.

Karly Ford, assistant professor of education (higher education), and Megan Holland, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, have a paper, "What are the characteristics of those college students that end up in the ‘race unknown’ category?" in Teachers College Record.

Royel Johnson, assistant professor of education (higher education), was a featured speaker on Nov. 8 for an online presentation through his alma mater, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. The program was in recognition of National First-Generation College Student Day 2020. Johnson spoke with first-generation college students about securing letters of recommendations and navigating relationships with faculty. He also participated in the third installment of the “Toward Racial Equity at Penn State: Social Difference, Social Equity and Social Change” series of roundtable discussions on Nov. 4. Additionally, on Nov. 11, Johnson was a panelist for “Faces of Access,” an educational outreach organization designed to support racially, economically, and geographically marginalized communities in their educational and professional pursuits.  

— A study by Paul Morgan, professor of education in the Department of Education Policy Studies, and colleagues finding that, among similarly situated students, those who are white or English-speaking are more likely to be identified as having disabilities while attending U.S. schools, has been viewed and downloaded over 10,000 times.

— David Passmore, distinguished professor of education, emeritus, delivered a presentation, “Resource development when the resource is digital, not human,” at The Role of Human Resource Development in Crisis Management, an online conference sponsored by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco.

Kai A. Schafft, professor of education and rural sociology, along with Sanja Stanić, a professor of sociology at the University of Split, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, in Croatia; Renata Horvatek, an education abroad adviser in Penn State’s Office of Global Programs who received her doctorate in educational theory and policy with a dual title in comparative and international education from the College of Education; and Annie Maselli, a doctoral candidate in education policy studies in the College of Education, edited a new book, "Rural youth at the crossroads: Transitional societies in Central Europe and beyond," published by Routledge.

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Last Updated December 02, 2020