Faculty Notes for May 2, 2011

Published May 2, 2011

The Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition (SEMIS), co-directed by Dr. Rebecca Martusewicz (Department of Teacher Education) and Dr. Ethan Lowenstein (Department of Teacher Education) recently received a $30,000 extension grant from their significant funder the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. Part of a statewide initiative using place-based education and school reform to protect the Great Lakes region, SEMIS is made up of schools, community partners, and teacher educators working together to address serious ecological and social problems in Southeast Michigan. The Coalition facilitates school-community partnerships and offers sustained professional development to teachers to develop students as citizen-stewards who understand and can promote healthy ecological and social systems affecting the Great Lakes basin, the Southeast Michigan region, and their communities. This recent grant brings the total external funding awarded to this organization to $453,000.

Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher (Department of Leadership & Counseling) and Dr. Dibya Choudhuri (Department of Leadership & Counseling) have been awarded sabbatical leaves for the 2011-2012 academic year. Dr. Zamani-Gallaher's project is titled, Displaced Workers and 21st Century Skills: Examining the Role of Community Colleges in Mitigating the Effects of Globalization and Joblessness in the Motor City. Dr. Choudhuri's project is titled, Developing a Cross National Collaboration to Provide Counselor Training Supervision and Services in Bhutan.

Dr. Christopher Robbins (Department of Teacher Education) has been awarded the 2011 Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award for Research. The award was presented at the Faculty Awards Ceremony, March 23, 2011, at the Student Center Ballroom. The Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards is one of the EMU's most prestigious honors for faculty. This award is named in honor of the late, former provost, Dr. Ronald W. Collins. Dr. Robbins teaches courses in the social foundations of education and focuses his research on critical cultural studies, the sociology of education, and social and political theory.

Dr. Linda Lewis-White (Department of Teacher Education) was recently named a 2011 Outstanding Advising Award winner for faculty advisors from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). The award will be presented to Dr. Lewis-White in Denver this October at the association's annual conference. Only 5-10 faculty members from across the United States are selected for this prestigious award each year.

Dr. Sally Burton-Hoyle (Department of Special Education) authored an article on autism spectrum disorders that was highlighted in the April 2011 issue of Exceptional Parent magazine.

Dr. Karen Paciorek (Department of Teacher Education) was cited in an article on early reading in the Observer & Eccentric paper.

Following is a small sample of recent professional presentations done by faculty/staff in the College of Education.

Department of Special Education

Fries, D. & Carney, K. (February 18, 2011). High Risk Teen Parents in a Wraparound Study: Voices from our Teen Parents. Paper presented at the National Wraparound Conference, National Wraparound Initiative, Cocoa Beach, FL.

Ginsberg, S., Friberg, J., Visconti, C., Bartolotta, T., Hagstrom, F. (2010, November). Teaching Swap Shop. Seminar presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Department of Teacher Education

Daisey, P. (2011, April). Favorite writing experiences of secondary preservice teachers: Insights for instruction. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Harmon, D., Ford, D., & Price, C. (2010, November). Experiences of gifted African American females: Damned if we do – and damned if we don't. Paper presented at the National Association of Gifted Students Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

McVey, M. (March 31, 2011). Adapting education for emerging technologies. Contemporary Issues in Higher Education: Current Trends and Future Perspectives, Voronezh Institute of High Technologies, Voronezh, Russia.

Department of Leadership & Counseling

Ametrano, I., Choudhuri, D., Dugger, S., Francis, P., & Greden, L. (2011, March). Ward vs. Wilbanks et al.: Implications for Counselor Education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Counseling Association, New Orleans, LA.

Williamson, R. (2010, November) Scheduling to improve student learning. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Middle School Association, Baltimore, MD.