Around the College: March 17, 2021

March 16, 2021

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

  • Marcela Borge, assistant professor of education in the Learning, Design, and Technology program, will be a featured speaker at a virtual workshop titled "Technology to Improve Learning: A Public Engagement Project" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23. Borge will be presenting with a panel of experts working on a public engagement project synthesizing and translating research to the public. The workshop is sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • Royel Johnson, assistant professor of education (higher education) and research associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, gave a talk titled “Fostering students’ sense of belonging: An equity imperative for higher education” on March 9 as part of the Penn State College of Engineering’s Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series. In addition, he will present “Fostering College Students’ Sense of Belonging through Anti-Racist Organizational Change” on March 29 as part of Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education 2021 Collaborative Speaker Series.
  • Carlomagno Panlilio, assistant professor of education in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE), and Christy Tirrell-Corbin, executive director of the Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention at the University of Maryland, wrote an op-ed, “Our Research Shows Educators Are Experiencing Trauma During the Pandemic. Here’s How We Can Reduce the Burden,” for EdSurge.
  • Lauren Parker, a doctoral candidate in the Department of EPCSE, was nominated to receive the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Association's Graduate Student Award in the area of Direct Service, Leadership, Advocacy and Applied Research. She was nominated by her adviser, Liza Conyers, professor of education (rehabilitation and human services). The purpose of the award is to honor a graduate student who has made a substantial contribution to the field of rehabilitation in the area of direct service, leadership, advocacy and applied research.
  • Dana Stuchul, professor of education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Madhu Suri Prakash, professor emerita of education, have an article, "The [Curricular] Insights of Ivan Illich," in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education as part of its February 2021 update.

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Last Updated March 24, 2021