Around the College: April 28, 2021

April 27, 2021
  • Brian Belland, associate professor of education (educational psychology) in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE), is part of a team that won the 2021 Outstanding Research Paper Award from AERA Design and Technology SIG. Belland’s co-authors on the paper are Nam Ju Kim, assistant professor at the University of Miami; Daniel Axelrod, postdoctoral associate at Florida International University; Andrew Walker, department head and associate professor of instructional technology and learning sciences in the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University; Lindi Andreasen, research fellow in the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University; and Mason Lefler, associate vice president for educational innovation at Bridgerland Technical College.
  • Gail Boldt, professor of education and women's studies in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, was featured on the Jabbedu Education Podcast. Listen to her interview with host Jonathan Ruths here.
  • Christine Cunningham, professor of practice of education and engineering in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, principal investigator (PI), and her co-PIs, Greg Kelly, senior associate dean for research and distinguished professor of education (science education) and Peter Licona, assistant professor of PK-12 STEM education at Elizabethtown College, were granted a $697,965 award from the National Science Foundation. The 2.5-year award supports their project, “Youth Engineering Solutions: Engineering Opportunities in Out-of-School Programs for English Learners.”
  • Erica Frankenberg, professor of education and demography in the Department of Education Policy Studies (EPS) and director of the Center for Education and Civil Rights, is the recipient of Penn State's 2021 Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award. The award honors and recognizes outstanding achievement by a faculty member with at least five years of service who effectively guides junior faculty. Howard Palmer was the senior associate dean of The Graduate School from 1984 to 1991.
  • Ed Fuller, associate professor of education (educational leadership) in EPS, is featured in a story, “Pa. teacher shortage could result in lower quality education for K-12 students” by 91.3 WLVR, a Lehigh Valley NPR affiliate.
  • Jeffrey Hayes, professor of education (counselor education) and associate department head of EPCSE, and Ying Yang, a mental health therapist at Caminar Inc. who received her doctorate in counselor education and supervision from EPCSE in 2019, were awarded the 2020 Award for Most Valuable Paper on professional stress and burnout from the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy for their paper, “Causes and consequences of burnout among mental health professionals: A practice-oriented review of recent empirical literature,” which was published in Psychotherapy. In addition, Hayes and colleagues have a new article, “Predicting future courses of psychotherapy within a grouped LASSO framework” in Psychotherapy Research. His co-authors on the paper are Ryan Kilcullen, master’s student in the Department of Psychology in the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts; Louis Castonguay, Liberal Arts Professor of Psychology in the College of the Liberal Arts; Rebecca A. Janis, data analyst for The Center for Collegiate Mental Health in Penn State Student Affairs; Michael Hallquist, assistant professor of psychology at Penn State; and Benjamin Locke, senior director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Penn State.
  • Matthew Gardner Kelly, assistant professor of education (educational leadership) in EPS, received a 2021 Distinguished Research and Practice Fellow Award from the National Education Finance Academy.
  • Paul Morgan, professor of education (educational theory and policy) in EPS, is featured in a news report, “Positive Parenting: Science learning: Inspiring little Einsteins” by WFMZ-TV.

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Last Updated May 05, 2021