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Research by professor, team reveals sexual violence in school occurs early on

Apr. 18, 2014

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Professor’s work focuses on improving U.S. schools via European methods

Jan. 23, 2014

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC) highlighted some of the research conducted by College of Education at Illinois faculty member Katherine Ryan, in regard to school evaluation models that are being instituted in Western Europe. Read more...

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A Minute With: Professor Dorothy Espelage on workplace bullying

Nov. 18, 2013

NOVEMBER 11, 2013, ILLINOIS NEWS BUREAU, CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Recently, Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin left the team in response to alleged maltreatment by teammate Richie Incognito and the event has sparked controversy about bullying in professional sports. Educational psychologist Dorothy Espelage recently led a study that examined factors predictive of workplace bullying. Espelage discussed her work in an interview with New Bureau editor Sharita Forrest. Espelage is the Edward William Gutgsell and Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professor of child development in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois. Read more...

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Principles of love guide life of ambitious Educational Psychology student

Nov. 15, 2013

Love and be loved. These four simple words embody the philosophy that Milo Dodson strives to live by. Originally from Covina, Ca., Dodson expresses the importance of giving compassion and encouraging others to receive it as well. He recently completed his doctoral work in Counseling Psychology at the University of Illinois. Read more...

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Study finds poor social and communication skills linked to peer rejection, bullying

Nov. 1, 2013

OCTOBER 30, 2013, ILLINOIS NEWS BUREAU, CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Sharita Forrest – Poor social and communication skills heighten risks of peer rejection and bullying involvement for students with disabilities, according to a new study co-authoredbyDorothy Espelage, professor of Child Development, and university alumni Chad A. Rose andAnjali Forber-Pratt. Read more...

More than half of students surveyed experienced sexual coercion

Oct. 23, 2013

OCTOBER 23, 3013, ILLINOIS NEWS BUREAU, CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Sharita Forrest — More than half of young women in high school or college have experienced at least one incident of sexual coercion, according to a new study by Bryana H. French (Ph.D. EdPsy '10, M.A. EdPsy '06) and Helen A. Neville, a professor of Educational Psychology and African American Studies. Read more...

Two education professors named as Illinois Gutgsell professors

Oct. 18, 2013

Drs. Dorothy Espelage and Debra Bragg have been appointed as Edward William Gutgsell and Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professors by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The College now holds four of the 16 endowed professorships. Read more...

U of I team, including two from Education, leads $2M NSF study on best practices for STEM education reform

Sep. 27, 2013

U of I physicist and chair of Educational Psychology José Mestre is the principal investigator on a new study at that will seek to provide U.S. higher education institutions with a model of best practices and methods to reform gateway STEM courses offered in the first two years of study. Jennifer Greene, professor of Educational Psychology and evaluation expert, is a co-principal investigator. Read more...

Inclusive approach, including legislation, helps schools fight bullying

Sep. 9, 2013

SEPTEMBER 9, 2013, CHICAGO TRIBUNE (Page One) — Two decades ago, bullying was often seen as a rare occurrence, where small groups of parents sought protection for their children with the school district. But when the problem was blamed for widely reported shootings and suicides, parents started lobbying for help and legislators got involved, says Dorothy Espelage, a professor of educational psychology at Illinois whose research has focused on bullying. Read more...

Doctoral student recognized for her dissertation on knowledge-intensive industries

Aug. 23, 2013

Seung Won Hong, a doctoral candidate in Human Resource Development, is the winner of the Robert Ferber Dissertation Award. Her work focuses on the effects of situational factors that influence the information-seeking behavior of project managers, a key element in success in knowledge-intensive industries. Her dissertation adviser is Ronald Jacobs, Department of Education, Policy, Organization and Leadership. As the winner of the Ferber Award, she will receive $2,500. Read more...

Teen dating abuse is common and complex, new studies show

Jul. 31, 2013

JULY 31, 2013, USA Today — More than a third of teen boys and girls say they’ve been physically, emotionally or sexually abused in their dating relationships, according to new, unpublished data from a nationwide survey. Similar numbers of both sexes say they’ve been abusers. These findings, to be presented today in Honolulu at a meeting of the American Psychological Association, are the latest to shed light on a problem that has only come out of the shadows in recent years. Dorothy Espelage, a professor of Educational Psychology at Illinois, says, “Without measures of fear, severity and injury, we need to be cautious” about interpreting the new nationwide survey results. Espelage worked on the survey and on another study to be presented today that shows links between middle school bullying and teen dating violence. Read more...

New study: Family violence can lead boys to aggression and to drug problems

Jul. 15, 2013

A new study indicates that adolescent substance abuse has roots in bullying, fighting and familial violence, including conflict between siblings. Dorothy Espelage, a professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education, led the research. Read more...

Summit brings scholars together in D.C. to re-imagine innovative education

Jul. 1, 2013

Innovation was the focus at the Radical Innovation Summit held in Washington, D.C., in June that brought together scholars from around the world. Read more...

Education faculty lead prestigious AERA institute examining equity in mathematics education

Jun. 17, 2013

Sarah Lubienski, professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Joseph Robinson, assistant professor of Educational Psychology, taught the AERA Institute on Statistical Analysis for Education Policy May 20-23 in Washington, D.C., where Lubienski again served as director and Robinson repeated his role as faculty of the institute. This was their second year leading the institute, which addressed intersections of mathematics education and equity. According to Lubienski, the event provides a rare opportunity for scholars from mathematics education, statistics, and other fields to come together and learn about cutting-edge data sets and research methods. Read more...

Research symposium offers rare interdisciplinary insight into LGBT research

Jun. 10, 2013

Many of today's political debates include the topic of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. Recognizing that researchers play an important role in providing empirical data to inform debates and policies, scholars from across campus, including two faculty members from the College of Education, organized an LGBT research seminar on methodological challenges and opportunities. The symposium, held in early May, was funded by a 2012-13 Focal Point grant from the Graduate College. Read more...

Dorothy Espelage interviewed about America's bullying 'epidemic' [audio]

Jun. 5, 2013

Professor of Educational Psychology Dorothy Espelage was interviewed for a soundcloud by Latitude News on America's bullying epidemic. Espelage has conducted research on bullying, homophobic teasing, sexual harassment, and dating violence for the past 19 years. As a result, she presents regularly at regional, national, and international conferences. Read more...

Ten doctoral students awarded Hardie Dissertation Awards to support research

Jun. 3, 2013

Each year, the College of Education grants the Hardie Dissertation Award, a competitive award that offers financial support to graduate students as they complete their doctoral dissertations. These awards are funded through the generosity of the alumni and friends of the College, including the Hardie Endowment. Read more...

Saundra Murray Nettles explores community learning and black child development in book on African American childhood in the South

May 30, 2013

Saundra Murray Nettles, clinical professor of Educational Psychology, is the author of a new book titled "Necessary Spaces: Exploring the Richness of African American Childhood in the South." In the book, which is slated to be released this summer, she takes the reader on a journey into neighborhood networks of learning at different times and places. Read more...

Professor Joseph Robinson named National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow

May 13, 2013

Joseph Robinson, assistant professor of Educational Psychology, has been named a 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. The fellowship will provide him the opportunity to devote more time to researching how school districts and state education agencies can improve academic outcomes for English language learners. Read more...

Faculty, students, alumni have another banner year at AERA annual meeting

May 8, 2013

In its usual tradition, the College of Education had exceptional representation at the American Educational Research Association's 2013 Annual Meeting, held April 27 through May 1 in San Francisco. More than 130 faculty and students represented our College with superior papers and presentations. Read more...

Skills learning program in middle schools dramatically reduces fighting, according to new study by Dorothy Espelage

May 7, 2013

MAY 6, 2013, UI NEWS BUREAU, CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Sharita Forrest — Middle school children who completed a social-emotional skills learning program at school were 42 percent less likely to engage in physical fighting a year later, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Read more...

Dorothy Espelage cited in USA TODAY: Stop using the word 'bullying' in school

May 2, 2013

MAY 1, 2013, USA TODAY, SAN FRANCISCO — Schools that want to do a better job fighting bullying ought to start with one key step, a group of researchers said Tuesday: Stop using the term "bullying." Read more...

Educational Psychology Professor Joe Robinson honored by UI Social and Behavioral Research Council

Apr. 29, 2013

Joseph Robinson, assistant professor of Educational Psychology, has been recognized for his paper, "Bullying explains only part of LGBTQ-Heterosexual disparities: Implications for policy and practice." He was selected as the co-winner of the inaugural Junior Faculty Best Paper Award by the Social and Behavioral Research Council. Read more...

Bullying more violent in school with gangs nearby, Forber-Pratt and Espelage find

Apr. 19, 2013

APRIL 18, 2013, UI NEWS BUREAU, CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Sharita Forrest — The presence of gangs in the vicinity of schools creates a pervasive climate of fear and victimization among students, teachers and administrators that escalates the level of aggression in bullying incidents and paralyzes prevention efforts, suggests a new study in the journal Psychology of Violence. Read more...

College announces outstanding and distinguished faculty/staff awards for 2013

Apr. 2, 2013

The College of Education is pleased to announce the faculty, staff, and students who are recipients of the College's 2013 Faculty and Staff Awards. Recipients will be recognized at the spring faculty meeting, which will be held at 2:00 p.m. on May 2 in room 22 in the Education Building. Read more...

Illinois Confucius Institute to focus on evaluation and assessment research

Mar. 25, 2013

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced that it will be home to a new Confucius Institute starting this spring, which will be physically located in the Education Building, although its implementation and day-to-day functions will be a coordinated effort from across campus. Read more...

Robinson lead author of study that examines whether it really does 'get better' for lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth

Feb. 5, 2013

A study about gay teen victimization by Joseph P. Robinson, assistant professor of Educational Psychology, will be featured in the March 2013 issue of Pediatrics, the premier journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The study, "Developmental Trends in Peer Victimization and Emotional Distress in LGB and Heterosexual Youth," was co-authored by Dorothy L. Espelage, professor of Educational Psychology, and Ian Rivers, a professor in the department of Sport and Education at Brunel University in the United Kingdom. Read more...

Espelage lead author of study that looks at violence directed against teachers, results published in APA flagship journal

Jan. 8, 2013

Dorothy Espelage, professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, is the lead author of an article published in the APA's American Psychologist. The article makes recommendations for a national research, practice, and policy agenda to better understand and prevent violence directed against teachers. She was chair of APA’s Task Force on Classroom Violence Directed Against Teachers, which issued a report in 2011. Read more...

Espelage co-author of call for nationwide effort to address shootings

Dec. 20, 2012

Dorothy Espelage, professor of Educational Psychology, is part of a national violence-prevention research group that is calling for a renewed nationwide effort to address mass shootings. The statement from the Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence, made up of researchers from across the country, including Espelage, addresses the need for more mental health services and improved threat assessment. Read more...

Bureau of Educational Research holds seminar: 'Long but Fulfilling Journey to Distinguished Teaching and Advising'

Dec. 19, 2012

Students, faculty, and staff joined together to hear advice and reflections of College of Education teaching award recipients at the Bureau of Educational Research's fall seminar, held on December 6. After sharing a meal, attendees enjoyed hearing down-to-earth and practical teaching and advising insight from three panel members, all of whom won a 2011-12 outstanding graduate teaching award. Read more...

A Minute With: Professor Tom Schwandt on science and public policy

Nov. 14, 2012

NOV. 14, 2012, UI NEWS BUREAU, CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Elected officials are called upon to address all types of complex issues – often with numerous constituencies offering what they believe is compelling scientific evidence that supports a particular course of action. Thomas Schwandt is a member of the National Research Council Standing Committee, which explored the use of social science knowledge in policymaking. Schwandt spoke with News Bureau reporter Sharita Forrest about the committee’s work and its recently released report, “Using Science as Evidence in Public Policy.” Schwandt is a professor in the department of educational psychology at the University of Illinois. Read more...

New study by Robinson and Espelage: LGBTQ youth more likely to be truant or to consider or commit suicide

Nov. 12, 2012

NOVEMBER 12, 2012, UI NEWS BUREAU, CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Sharita Forrest — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and those questioning their sexuality are at significantly greater risk of truancy and of considering and attempting suicide than their heterosexual classmates – even when bullying isn’t involved, according to a new study by Educational Psychology professors Joseph P. Robinson and Dorothy Espelage. Read more...

Professor Helen Neville named fellow for CIC Academic Leadership Program

Nov. 7, 2012

OCTOBER 18, 2012, CHAMPAGIN, Ill., UI NEWS BUREAU, Christian Gollayan — Five UI faculty members have been named 2012-13 fellows of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s Academic Leadership Program, including Helen Neville, a professor of Educational Psychology and of African American studies. Read more...

College announces promotions of faculty, staff

Oct. 30, 2012

At the College's fall faculty meeting held earlier this month, unit leaders announced changes of status and key accomplishments within their respective units. In addition, four faculty members from the College of Education have received promotions effective this academic year. Read more...

Daniel Morrow co-writes study that shows images on health websites can lessen comprehension

Sep. 10, 2012

AUGUST 27, 2012, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS NEWS BUREAU, Champaign, Ill., Sharita Forrest — Photos of happy, smiling faces on patient education websites may engage readers, but they also may have a negative impact on older adults’ comprehension of vital health information, especially those elderly patients who are the least knowledgeable about their medical condition to begin with, suggests a new study co-written by Daniel Morrow, a faculty member in the College of Education and in the Beckman Institute. Read more...

Study co-authored by Philip Rodkin shows children aware of popularity issues as early as third grade

Sep. 5, 2012

SEPTEMBER, 5, 2012, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS NEWS BUREAU, CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Sharia Forrest — Children’s social goals at the beginning of a school year may predict whether they’ll be more popular – or less popular – by the end of that academic year, a new study conducted at the University of Illinois suggests. The study was co-written by Philip Rodkin, a professor of child development in the Department of Educational Psychology at the College of Education. Read more...

College introduces new faculty for 2012-13 academic year

Aug. 29, 2012

The College of Education is pleased to announce new faculty for the 2012-13 academic year: Hedda Meadan-Kaplansky and Maya Israel have joined the Department of Special Education and Dan Berry has joined the Department of Educational Psychology. Read more...

Espelage panel member in federal bullying prevention summit

Aug. 7, 2012

Dorothy Espelage, professor in Educational Psychology, was one of four panel members who addressed the topic "Understanding and Supporting Youth who Bully" this morning at the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention 2012 Summit, which was streamed live yesterday and wraps up today in Washington, D.C. The summit's goal is to focus on ensuring that anti-bullying efforts are coordinated and based on the best available research.

Dorothy Espelage's research cited in USA Today: cyberbullying not that common among youth

Aug. 3, 2012

August 3, 2012, ORLANDO, USA TODAY — Cyberbullying is getting a lot of attention these days, but new research presented here Thursday suggests that teens spreading false, embarrassing or hostile information online about a peer isn't really as prevalent as all the attention might suggest. Educational Psychology professor and bullying expert Dorothy Espelage has been studying bullying for 18 years, including the old-fashioned face-to-face bullying and the online variety. She says her research about cyberbullying found the same 17% figure (as Michele Ybarra, research director at the non-profit Center for Innovative Public Health Research in San Clemente, Calif.).

Sarah Lubienski and Joseph Robinson teach AERA Statistical Institute

May 25, 2012

Sarah Lubienski, professor in Curriculum and Instruction, and Joseph Robinson, assistant professor in Educational Psychology, taught a three-day AERA Statistical Institute on May 16-18, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The AERA Grants Governing Board sponsored the program, "Mathematics Education and Equity," with funding from the National Science Foundation. Read more...

U of I, Foundation raise record-setting $2.43 billion in campaign

May 25, 2012

The University of Illinois closed out its most ambitious fundraising campaign ever with gifts, commitments and pledges of nearly $2.43 billion for the Brilliant Futures Campaign. That is $179.6 million (8 percent) more than the announced goal of $2.25 billion; the campaign ran from July 1, 2003, through Dec. 31, 2011. Read more... Read more...

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New rules mean counties must report bullying; bullying expert Dorothy Espelage to lead workshop at Shepherd University

May 7, 2012

MAY 7, 2012 (West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Cecelia Mason)— West Virginia education officials are taking steps to address bullying and are working to involve students, school employees and the greater community in counteracting the problem. Read more...

Bullying expert Dorothy Espelage keynote speaker for SIU seminar

Apr. 23, 2012

April 19, 2012 (Suburban Journal, St. Louis)— The School of Education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders will host a lecture on bullying from, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27, at the Morris University Center on SIUE’s campus. The lecture, “Bullying in Schools: Effective Strategies for Prevention and Intervention,” will feature keynote speaker Dorothy Espelage. Read more...

Alumnus Freeman Hrabowski Recognized as a Most Influential Leader by Time Magazine

Apr. 20, 2012

April 19, 2012 (Diverse: Issues in Higher Education)—Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, College of Education alumnus and the president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County who has built a national reputation for educating minority students in the sciences, has been named by Time magazine as one of the most influential leaders in the world. Read more...

Professor Dorothy Espelage co-authors report examining bullying victims, perpetrators and countermeasures

Apr. 16, 2012

APRIL 16, 2012 (Champaign, Ill., UI NEWS BUREAU)—A new report by Dorothy Espelage, a professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education, and Jun Sung Hong, a graduate student in the School of Social Work, indicates that anti-bullying programs developed outside the U.S. may have little to no efficacy with American schoolchildren. Read more...

Educational Psychology Professor Dorothy Espelage talks about new documentary about complexity of dealing with a bully

Apr. 3, 2012

The decision by the Motion Picture Association of America to give the new documentary “Bully” an R rating (for extensive profanity) angered many people and generated a grassroots campaign, led by a teen who was a target of bullying, to lower the rating to PG-13 so that preteens could view the movie without their parents. The film, to be released to select theaters March 30 without an MPAA rating, chronicles a year in the lives of several children who are targets of bullying and the responses by their families and schools to the problem. Read more...

Bullying: Educational Psychology Professor Dorothy Espelage says educators often provide simple solutions

Mar. 20, 2012

MARCH 20, 2012 (The News & Advance, Lynchburg, VA) — Dorothy Espelage, professor in Educational Psychology, told an audience at Lynchburg College that educators have too often provided simple solutions for a complex problem. Read more...

Tettegah appointed to two White House technology groups

Mar. 1, 2012

Sharon Tettegah, associate professor in the Departments ofCurriculum and Instruction and Educational Psychology, has been appointed to two White House technology groups: a Federal Games Action Group, and its sub-group, a federal games working group. Members of the group were selected to accomplish a set of defined tasks (i.e., research and development, project tracking, and collaboration). Read more...

Enhancing cognition in older adults also changes personality

Jan. 19, 2012

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A program designed to boost cognition in older adults also increased their openness to new experiences, researchers report, demonstrating for the first time that a non-drug intervention in older adults can change a personality trait once thought to be fixed throughout the lifespan. The research was led by Elizabeth Stine-Morrow, professor in Educational Psychology and chair of Cognitive Science of Teaching and Learning. Read more...

Bullying expert Dorothy Espelage part of WCIAs Beyond Bullying special; speaks on lessons learned from tragic suicide

Dec. 20, 2011

WCIA-3 News took an in-depth look at bullying–its causes, ways it's being expressed, what's being done to stop it, and what individuals can do. The news team turned toEducational Psychology Professor Dorothy Espelage to serve as an expert on the topic for its “Beyond Bullying” special that aired on December 2. Read more...

Study examines what factors may predict intervention to stop bullies

Dec. 20, 2011

New research by Dorothy Espelage, professor in Educational Psychology, indicates that boys are less likely than girls to intervene to protect bullying victims, especially if their friends engage in high levels of bullying perpetration. Read more...

Katherine Ryan discusses No Child Left Behind Act waivers with UI News Bureau

Nov. 2, 2011

Katherine Ryan, a professor in Educational Psychology and expert on educational accountability issues and high stakes assessment, talked recently with News Bureau education editor Sharita Forrest about education reform in the U.S. Read more...

Dorothy Espelage panelist in Holocaust Museum's anti-bullying forum

Oct. 31, 2011

There is a national push to eradicate bullying. Are schools doing enough to combat the problem? Dorothy Espelage, professor and associate chair in Educational Psychology, appeared on Chicago Tonight on October 19 to address the topic. Read more...

College of Education Bullying Researchers Target Classrooms, Community

May 9, 2010

With recent bullying tragedies dominating news headlines, and the federal government organizing its first-ever Bullying Prevention Summit in August, a once-shrugged "part of growing up" has sparked a national dialogue. Researchers in the College of Education seek to stamp out student harassment by reaching into classrooms to evaluate, to understand, and most importantly to prevent another tragedy. Read more...